Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:00 PM
Make a reservation at: http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture
Please note that Back on the Beach Cafe closes at 3pm in the winter. Despite what Eventbrite says, you do not need to print out a paper ticket – just give your last name when checking in.
6:00-6:30pm & 7:30-7:50pm: Cha Cha lessons
6:30-7:30pm & 7:50-8:30pm: Live music for dancing
The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays great danceable Latin jazz, and for this Dance Hall, they’re going to devote some quality time to the Cha Cha Cha, the beloved retro ballroom staple. Susie and her band will also play the great Salsa for which they are so well appreciated, and just for fun, the band will mix in a little Cumbia and Merengue, too! As Susie likes to say, “We aim for the feet!”
The evening is accompanied by dance classes with Salsa diva Laura Canellias, Susie’s favorite dance instructor. Laura choreographs for television, movies and stage, and has performed in many movies such as “The Mambo Kings” and “Dance With Me.” She is known as one of the foremost Salsa instructors on the West Coast, and teaches dance at Santa Monica College. On this evening, she will be instructing audience members on the Latin dance steps both before the band’s performance and during the band’s break. For all who want to join in the class, we guarantee you lots of fun! No partner is needed, and her emphasis will be on Cha Cha Cha. salsadivaprod.com
Created in Cuba in 1952, Cha Cha Cha has its roots in a number of styles of Cuban music, especiallyGuajira and Danzon, and is influenced by Charanga and Son Montuno (these four predecessors of Cha Cha Cha originated during the late nineteenth century through the early 20th century). Closely related toMambo and set to a rhythm of about 120 beats per minute, Cha Cha Cha has a more moderate tempo than Mambo. This allows the dancers to be comfortable with the fast dance step which, on the third or fourth beat, splits the beat, characterizing the dance.
The Susie Hansen Latin Band loves to play Cha Cha Cha, and performs a wide variety of this lively music. Some numbers are traditional songs from the Charanga repertoire, such as “Son al Son” by Orquesta Aragon. Others are covers of well-known songs written by famous Salsa artists, such as Tito Puente with his “Oye Com Va” — and yes, it was made famous by Carlos Santana, but Tito wrote it. Some are original songs written by Susie and her band members (“Es Muy Tarde” and “Cha Cha Con Maña”), and others are American jazz standards in English arranged to a Cha Cha Cha beat (“Beyond the Sea” and “Frank Sinatra Cha Cha Cha”). Susie’s recordings of these jazz songs and original Cha Cha Cha numbers have been popular with club and radio DJs around the world. Finally, other songs that the band plays are covers of contemporary popular songs, such as the Cha Cha Cha “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love” by Pink Martini.
A long-time favorite in Los Angeles, Susie and her band play more than 150 live performances every year, including such events as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, San Jose Jazz Festival and the Toronto Jazz Festival. They have received great press, such as a review in the Los Angeles Times in which Don Heckman wrote, “Hansen was a ball of energy, creating an atmosphere of high voltage excitement.” Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner described the band this way: “It’s a sizzling, swinging Salsa band. Hansen can solo as if her bow was afire. The whole room was jumpin’ for joy.” Susie has toured nationally with her band, and has personally appeared or recorded with Tito Puente, Orquesta Los Van Van, Celia Cruz, Vikki Carr, Orquesta Aragon, Paquito d’Rivera, Macy Grey, Orquesta Broadway, and Sonora Ponceña. She has released three CDs on the Jazz Caliente label to critical acclaim. susiehansen.com
Stop by early: this Dance Hall starts with a dance lesson at 6pm!
Tickets are free; this event has seating available for resting in the adjacent room; the concert hall is utilized for dancing. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.
Parking: October – April the parking rate is $5 after 5pm for Beach=Culture attendees at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. Display your receipt on your dash. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 3pm in the winter, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.