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Tom Ehrlich - 2017 SF Rueda Fest II




FEBRUARY 18, 2017


The San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival is consistently one of the best salsa events in the Bay Area. World class dancers teaching classes, interesting lecture, stunning dance performances and outstanding live music concerts in the evening.  This year, the 9th anuual,  was another well attended great event with dancers from all over the US and world.

Dance Performances

Yaniel "Chini" Perez

Yaniel "Chini" Perez

Chini Perez originally from Cuba has been participating in the Rueda Festivals for a long time.  This year besides teaching, he performed including a Chango dance which is shown in the two photos here.

Yeni Molinet

Cuban dancer Yeni Molinet has been teaching and performing at the Rueda Festival for at least the last three years.  She is a fantastic dancer and is always my favorite at the Festival. 

Yanek abd Yisel

Roly Maden and Yeni Molinet

Timbaversity Lectures

Kevin Moore gave a lecture on the history of Los Van Van.  We're hoping that Kevin will do a podcast of the lecture sometime in the future..

Anara Frank giving a lecture on visiting Cuba

Juan Formell Tribute Concert

This was truly an inspired special event with Timbalive, Samuel Formell, Pedrtio Calvo, Roberton Hernández and Yeni Valdes paying tribute to Juan Formell.

Leo Garcia timbales, Samuel Formell drum set, Coky Garcia congas

Samuel Formell

Pedrito Calvo

Roberton Hernandez

Yeni Valdes and Michel Marcos

Leo Garcia, leader of Timbalive

Julio Montalvo

Julio Montalvo is a former member of Paulito F.G.'s band, plays both keyboards and trombone.

Julio Montalvo

As usual Samuel provided the energy, intensity and rhythm to push the music to a higher level.


Yan Carlos Artime

Roberton, Eylen Ramon and Yeni

Samuel with Pedrito Calvo's shaddow

The finale included a large contingent of dancers gvign inspired performances.

Yeni Molinet and Kati Hernández dancers and Michel Marcos

Luisito Cuba and Roberton


Monday, 20 March 2017, 03:22 PM