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Salsa Rueda Mondays at Lake Merritt Dance Center

Salsa Rueda

Salsa Rueda on Mondays at Lake Merritt Dance in Oakland

Karen and Michael taught a group of intermediate and advanced Salsa Rueda students at Lake Merritt Dance from 2007 to 2017. Several of these students now have a practice group at the Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville on Gary and Isabelle's Salsa night, right after the lessons in one of the back rooms for 30 minutes.

International Rueda de Casino Multi Flash Mob Day

Karen Lile was the first US Organizer from the San Francisco to collaborate with founding organizers in Slovenia and Egypt on the first International Rueda de Casino Multi Flash Mob Day which happened in 200 cities and 5 continents around the world on March 29 2014. The first San Francisco Bay Area Multi-Flash Mob Day was at Pier 39, and Karen Lile sailed in on her yacht "Lark" into the marina and co-hosted the event with Rueda con Ritmo who did Rueda along the waterfront, ending up at Pier 39. By 4pm, 75 dancers and several teachers did a Flash mob in front of the flags at Pier 39 on March 29, 2014.

Rueda con Ritmo and organizers throughout the US have continued to participate each year bringing their longtime dance communities into the International awareness collaboration for the International Rueda de Casino Multi Flash Mob Day, which continues to grow.

Karen and Michael as Organizer's: History

Six Salsa Shows Series June-Dec 2015 at Ashkenaz
See Ashkenaz.com
Radio Interviews
Listen to archive of Julio Bravo and Karen Lile's radio interview on KPFA with Luis Medina.
Aug 14 to Sep 18, 2014. Hot Havana Nights at Ashkenaz featuring 6 Salsa Bands in 6 Weeks. Organized by Karen Lile and Max Lopez
"Hot Havana Nights" Cuban Salsa Series co-hosted by Karen and Michael. The six-week series runs Aug. 14 to Sep. 18, 2014 and featured some of the great salsa bands in the greater Bay Area, with a different band each week and a range of stylistic variations on that Cuban-rooted salsa music theme. Each night included a special Salsa Rueda dance lesson with Karen and Michael at 7:00 pm. http://ashkenaz.com
Thu, Aug 14th, 2014: Orquesta Dharma CD Release Party.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014: Viento y Marea Ashkenaz debut.
Thu, Aug 28th, 2014: VibraSÓN. Ashkenaz debut.
Thu, Sep 4th, 2014: Tito y Su Son de Cuba.
Thu Sep 11th, 2014: Pallejo Seco
Thu Sep 18th, 2014: Los Boleros