Cambridge Cuban Salsa club

Saturday, December 11 2010

Kerry Ribchester's visit to Cambridge: WOW!

kerry_dance.jpg We have been very lucky on Saturday November 20th 2010 to have Kerry's visit in Cambridge to teach a workshop about Cuban styling and Orishás as part of a "100% Cuban workshop" organized by Cambridge Cuban Salsa.

Right away, everyone can feel that 20 years of teaching experience make a huge impact. Kerry is an analyzer, a movement scientist: she has been distillating Cuban specimens in holiday retorts with a pinch of her Hellerwork qualifications and healthy dose of pedagogical skills, to achieve a unique style of teaching which has changed many people's dancing in profound ways. If you were a Mister Hide Behind The Venue's Curtains, she will make you a Dr.Crazy On The Dancefloor. Jokes apart, many of us got that "Aaaaaaaah, wow!" slap-on-the-forehead kind of feeling during her classes.

Kerry can be tracked across the UK in many salsa congresses, kerry2_holiday.jpg but she also provides some extremely valuable one-to-one sessions of bodywork+dance coaching, some special workshops in London and some dance holidays which have made a spotless name for themselves under the brand name "Key2Cuba".

People might think that this blog post is just another advertisement plug, but the reason why we wholeheartedly support Kerry's activities at Cambridge Cuban Salsa is that we have experienced her teaching and seen its tremendously positive effects on many people's Cuban salsa dancing. kerry_ribchester_01.jpg We genuinely think that she is one of the key people in raising the global quality of Cuban salsa dancing in the UK, and we like that. Feedback about her trips has always been very positive, and we believe that such dance trips, which include a complete dance teaching programme with the Raices Profundas dance company and involve some professional Cuban teachers in Cuba, some of them living legends such as Juan de Dios, are also an essential channel for introducing better knowledge about the quality of Cuban dancing and music in the UK.

The next dates of Key2Cuba's dance holiday trips for 2010/2011 will be:

  • 14 nights New Year trip from 29 December 2010 to 12 January 2011
  • 14 nights Valentine's trip from 2 to 16 February 2011.

Book early as space is strictly limited.

Please check the complete info about Kerry's activities and trips to Cuba on:

Kerry has also directed a few video clips which are a treat to watch: here is Bamboleo's "La Que Manda" below. Watch out for rumours of a new Los Van Van video coming out soon... Enjoy!

Monday, July 19 2010

DJ Sacha

DJSacha_Promo_Pic_smaller.jpg DJ Sacha combines a rare mix of skills which guarantees the best possible entertainment for your party.

For more information please use this contact form or call us on the mobile number pictured at the bottom of this page.

Musical taste - DJ Sacha's live mixes gather energetic tracks that truly transmit salsa's positive energy to the audience, and form a balanced mix of ageless favourites and bleeding edge hits. He pays particular attention to anticipating the crowd's reactions, in order to keep the energy up and the danceefloor full. Guaranteed to keep you dancing until the end of the night!

"DJ Sacha's selection is fresh, yet up to date. I love it." - Dean, London.

"I had never heard some of the tracks before, but they were so good I couldn't stop dancing! I was pleasantly surprised." - Lorraine, Manchester.

Dance teaching and entertainment - Sacha's ability to lead fun dance line ups and taster classes guarantees that everyone gets a chance to dance and to love a salsa party. For the past 5 years, Sacha has developed a long dance teaching and entertainment experience in the framework of local group classes, private one-to-one classes, primary school activities, city council sports events, corporate events and hen/stag nights. Thus, he has a track record of helping people of all abilities to become confident on the dancefloor and to enjoy salsa dancing at their own level.

"Thanks to your dance lineups during our wedding party, everyone was able to enjoy the live salsa band and had so much fun. Thank you!" - Miranda and Tim, Cambridge.

Salsa promotions - For hassle-free event organisation, nothing beats hiring an experienced salsa promoter. Sacha has organized and promoted many Cuban salsa events and parties which have revived, developed and grown the Cuban salsa scene in the region of Cambridge, and he is now helping with a number of other Cuban salsa projects in East Anglia and the UK (information available on For your own event, just pick a venue, and Sacha can provide lighting and a sound system, advise on room arrangements and decoration, advise on the schedule which will keep your guests happy and entertained at the appropriate moments, and more. Just rely on your DJ for organisation details, and let your mind be free to take care of your guests and enjoy the party.

"DJSacha_beach_BW.jpg If DJs were all playing the same thing all the time, it would be boring. A good DJ is one who plays some familiar tracks to make people feel at home, but also brings people to uncharted territory and exotic destinations, with taste, good judgement and respect for the guests, catering for experienced dancers and beginners alike."
"A DJ also has to express personality in his choice of tracks. I'd say my choice is more towards positive, happy tracks, with something interesting in the tumbao, and lots of musicality. But if the crowd wants commercial tracks, that's no worries, in the end it's about having a good time."
"I like challenges. My best souvenir is a wedding party where a Venezuelian groom married a German bride in the UK. I had to please everyone, from the Latino granny to the Berliner emo teen niece, and the British guests too. Did a bit of research, updated my knowledge of the German top 100 (used to live in Germany a few years ago), and in the end the mix included something for everyone, evolving seamlessly between the styles. Did you know that Heart of Glass from Kim Wilde starts with a salsa beat, or that some merengue tracks mix great with Gangnam Style? That's what I'm talking about. In the end everyone had a great time and was stunned to discover that German pop and 80es hits could be blended with salsa in a completely seamless way. Everyone had a good time and that's what matters most: a great party that people will remember equals mission accomplished." - DJ Sacha, Cambridge

DJ Sacha is available on demand for salsa services including DJing, dance classes (Cuban salsa, Bachata and Merengue), hen parties, wedding animations, musical workshops, salsa demos, salsa artist bookings and sound system hire for small and medium venues. Please use this contact form to get more information, or call the number below.

For a taste of DJ Sacha's Cuban salsa selection, subscribe and listen to the free Cambridge Cuban Salsa podcast!



Enjoy DJ Sacha's music selection and dance teaching at the Cambridge Cuban Salsa socials as well as at the following events:

Past events: