July 30, 2011 - Wednesday, July 13th was the first IntoSalsa Summer Showcase at The Red Room. We had nine performances by our student performance classes, couples (students & insturctors, and pros), and special guests Salsa Underground from Cincinnati. We'd like to encourage our students to choreograph their own routines and perform at the next showcase! Click here to watch videos of the performances thanks to Bobby Lam. Click here for pictures by Larry Gindhart.
June 29, 2011 - The 3rd Annual El Meson Bachata Dance Contest took place on Saturday, June 25th at El Meson. Congratulations to Sean & Ketura for winning the 1st place and $500. Gino & Alba won the 2nd place; Luis & Pilar won the 3rd place. A big THANK YOU to KDB Automotive for sonsoring the event. 350+ people packed two rooms. What a night! Click here for pictures by Bobby Lam.
May 4, 2011 - Saturday, April 30th was a great night for Indy salseros and salseras! Live Salsa band Bembé returned to El Meson with the hottest Puerto Rican Salsa music. Special performances by dancers from three cities: Urban Vibe from Chicago, Evan & Emily from St. Louis, Huellas Dance Project from Indy, and our Salsa Belly Dance performance class. Click here to see photos by Bobby Lam.
April 13, 2011 - Saturday, April 9th was our Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fundraiser at El Meson. We called upon the Latin community and all the salseros & salseras to support this cause. We had 6 of the best Latin DJ's, Salsa Belly Dance performance, fashion show and body art show. At the end of the night we raised $1,500 to be donated to the Japan Red Cross. Special thanks to all the DJ's, performers, models, Berny Martin, and Veronica Leonardo for making this event a success. Click here for pictures by Bobby Lam.
March 9, 2011 - Saturday, February 26th, Broadway Goes Latin took place at the Pike Performing Arts Center. It was a collaboration among three dance companies: Cultural Explosion from New Jersey, IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio from Indianapolis and Latin Street Dance Studio from Chicago. It was a magical night with dancing, magic, after party, and more performances. Check out photos from the rehearsals, show, and after party by Larry Gindhart. Click here to watch IntoSalsa's "Welcome to the Party" opening number. Click here for Rita Kahn's 5-star review at Nuvo Weekly magazine. Special thanks to all the sponsors and vollunteers who made the event possible.
December 22, 2010 - Thursday, December 16th was the first IntoSalsa Holiday Dance Contest presented by Herradura Tequila at the Jazz Kitchen. We had a great crowd and some great couples. They danced freestyle salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton. Sean & Ketura won the 1st place and $300. Jonathan & Maggie won 2nd place and $150. Josiah & Angie won 3rd place and $50. Click here for pictures by Indy's best photographer, Larry Gindhart.
October 6, 2010 - IntoSalsa celebrated its 7 year anniversary at El Meson on Saturday, October 2nd. We had a great turnout with Orquesta Iluziones from Chicago performing and special dance performances by Diana Sanchez and Carlos Gomez from Louiville, and our new ladies Mambo group, Cadencias Latinas. Click here for pictures by Indy's best photographer, Larry Gindhart.
September 8, 2010 - Salsa Dance and Painting Party returned to the Washington Square Mall on Saturday, August 28th. Free Salsa Lessons and dance performances by IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio! Music by DJ Aztecprinz and DJ Phlipp. This was an all ages event sponsored by Washington Square Mall, IntoSalsa.com and Tharp-Perrin Gindhart Artists. Check out pictures by Indy's best photography, Larry Gindhart.
September 8, 2010 - Saturday, August 28th was Nadia's Birthday Party at El Meson. We started the night with some great Mexican food. Indy's one and only Kapitulo 1 played live and special dance performance by IntoSalsa Ladies Styling Performance Class. Click here for pictures by Indy's best photography, Larry Gindhart.
August 4, 2010 - Wednesday, July 28th was the final of the IntoSalsa Fifth Annual Salsa Dance Competition at The Red Room. Presented by Stoli Vodka, contestants competed for a total of $1000 cash prize. Kyle & Nadia won 1st place and they walked home with $500 cash prize, two pairs of dance shoes from Exoticsalsashoes, and a free night of stay at the Cincinnati Salsa Festvial. Marc & Stacey came in 2nd, and Job & Amanda came in 3rd. We also had special dance performances by Andy & Kimberly from Chicago and New York, Herman & Leidy from Cincinnati. Click here for pictures by Indy's best photographer, Larry Gindhart. Click here to watch the competition.
June 30, 2010 - Friday, June 25th was IntoSalsa Latin Dance studio's 5 Year Anniversary Party. The last five years have been a great experience thanks to our students and friends. We debuted 3 new choreographies by the Bachata & Salsa Performance Classes and the Dance Company. The place was packed wall to wall with over 100 people. Click here to see pictures by Larry Gindhart. Click here to watch the performances.
June 9, 2010 - IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio performed at the Indiana Festival on Sunday, June 6th. We presented 45 minutes of non-stop dance performances including Salsa, Belly Dance, Bachata, and Cha Cha. A big Thanks You to Larry Gindhart Photography for the photos. Click here for pictures of the performances. Click here to watch the newest choreographies.
May 19, 2010 - Saturday May 15th was the final of the 2nd El Meson Bachata Dance Contest. It was an event people will remember for a long time! 8 couples competed for $1000 of total cash prize. In the end, Luis & Katie were the champions, who won $500 plus 2 full passes to the St. Luis Salsa Congress. Second place winners were David & Lina. Third place winners were Sean & Danese, and fourth place winners were Josiah & Nadia. Special thanks to Marino's Encendio, Larry Gindhart Photography, and our sponsors who made this event possible. Click here for pictures from the competition. Click here to watch the videos.
February 24, 2010 - February 20th-21st, IntoSalsa teamed up with Media Latina to present Andy "Lyrik" Cruz & Kimberly Rivera Midwest Tour in Indianapolis. Andy and Kimberly put on a great show on Saturday at El Meson. They also taught a salsa and a bachata workshops on Sunday at IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio. They were such inspiring dancers and instructors. We hope to bring them back in the near future. Click here for pictures from the party, workshops, and Salsa Sabor Sunday Social.
February 15, 2010 - IntoSalsa Dance Company traveled to Chicago International Salsa Congress during the Valentine's Day weekend. We performed on Friday, February 12th during the Dance Performance Showcase at this premier Latin music and dance event in the Midwest. It took us 6 years to make it to the biggest stage in the Midwest, but we made sure to represent Indy well in front of a thousand audience! It was a great experience. Click here for video of our performance.
February 3, 2010 - Saturday, January 30th, Indy's newest Latin band, Marino's Encidio made its debut at El Meson. They played some of the most popular Bachata & Merengue music. Special dance performance by IntoSalsa Bachata Performance class. Click here for pictures from the party.
January 27, 2010 - The Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser was a great success! We raised $2200 to be donated to the American Red Cross, thanks to everyone's support and generousity. Special thanks to Berny Martin of Catou Couture, Kapitulo 1, Lucky 7, DJ Mike, photographer Jennifer Adams, and various Latino Organizations, radio stations, and TV station who helped us make this event possible. Click here to watch the Catou Couture Fashion Show.
January 6, 2010 - We celebrated the New Year at El Meson with Indy's one and only Kapitulo 1. It was a night to remember. Thanks for your support for 2009! Click here for pictures by Indy's best photographer, Larry Gindhart.
November 4, 2009 - The 6th Annual IntoSalsa Halloween Masquerade took place on Saturday, October 31st at El Meson. It was indeed the party to die for! We had 7 hours of non-stop dancing with great music by Indy's hottest Salsa band Bembé and The VIP Crew. Click here for pictures courtesy of Larry Gindhart Photography.
October 7, 2009 - Saturday, October 3rd was the IntoSalsa 6th Year Anniversary Party. It was probably the best party we've ever had at El Meson. Dancers from all over the midwest joined us to celebrate this milestone. Specially thanks to Adrian & Cristina for their great performance and bringing 10 members of the Frenesi dance team from Chicago. Bembé and The VIP Crew did an amazing job with the music. The Indy Salsa scene is going to exlode with the quality dancers, DJ's, musicians, and venues we have. People from other cities are taking notice. Cheers to another year of great dancing!
Click here for pictures.
August 5, 2009 - Wednesday, July 29th was final of the IntoSalsa Fourth Annual Salsa Dance Competition at The Red Room. Congratulations to Ryan & Chimere for winning the first place! They'll represent Indy along with second place winners Kyle & Nadia to compete at the Tri-State Salsa Championship in Cincinnati from August 28th-29th. Special thanks to Mollie & Michael, Las Chicas El Meson, Carpio & Marilyn, D2b dancers for making our competition extra special! We wish D2b best luck in the America's Got Talent competition. Also a big thank you to our sponsors: Smirnoff, Jose Cuervo, Checkups Dental Center, and Larry Gindhart Photography. Click here to watch the videos from the competition. Click here to see pictures from the final.
July 8, 2009 - We celebrated an All-American 4th of July holiday with hot Salsa dancing & cool mural painting at Washington Square Mall. Tharp-Perrin Gindhart Artists, Inc. created a participatory painting for the Community Center, powered by the Latin rhythms of DJ Phlipp & DJ AztecPrinz. We had a great time dancing, painting, laughing, and celebrating July 4th with friends and total strangers. Click here to see all the pictures by Larry Gindhart.
June 10, 2009 - On Sunday, June 7th, IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio performed at the Indiana Festival for the fourth year in a row. We presented 45 minutes of performances including Salsa belly dance, Bachata, Mambo, & Rueda de Casino by OpenSourceSalsa. Click here for performance videos. Special thanks to Larry Gindhart, who took some great pictures of our dancers. Click here to go to his website for all the pictures.
April 9, 2009 - Saturday, March 28th was the final of The Second Annual El Meson Freestyle Salsa Dance Contest at El Meson. The rain didn't stop the salseros and salseras from coming to enjoy the show. Live Salsa band Bembé plus DJ Jimmie Jim and DJ Phlipp kept everyone dancing all night. The crowd also enjoyed special performances by the Salsa belly dancers and Bomba dancers. In the end, Mary & Gabino from Wisconsin took home the trophies and $500 for the first place. Nadia & Gustavo came in second with $250. Third place went to Alicja & Ramon with $150, and fourth place went to Julie & Chad with $100. We want to thank the sponsors for making this event possible, and people who came from all over midwest for this event. Click here for pictures by Larry Gindhart Photography. Click here to watch all the action.
February 4, 2009 - Saturday, January 31st, Bembé rocked El Meson with some of the hottest Puerto Rican Salsa music. It was a great night for the Salsa lovers as they packed both rooms all night. The crowd also enjoyed the dance performance by Las Chicas El Meson. Indianapolis is being spiced up with more live Latin Bands, including Salsa, Bachata, and Latin Rock. IntoSalsa is proud to support these musicians for their effort. Click here to see pictures from the party.
January 14, 2009 - Indy's first and finest bachata band - Kapitulo 1 made its debut at El Meson on Saturday, January 10th. People were blown away by the quality of their music. Led by Dominican vocalist Pavel Polanco-Safadit, Kapitulo 1 has some of the best Latin musicians in Indy. They'll be back to El Meson in the near future. We also had the Salsa belly dancers debuting their newest choreography.
Click here for pictures.
January 7, 2009 - 2008 was another great year for IntoSalsa, thanks to your support. In the new year we'll keep raising the bar of the services that we provide to our students and Salsa dancers in Indy. We hope to bring more quality classes, events, guest instructors & performers to Indianapolis. On Wednesday, December 31st, we had our New Year's Eve Party at El Meson. It was a blast. Click here for highlights of the party.
December 3, 2008 - The 1st Annual El Meson Bachata Dance Contest came to an end on Saturday, November 22nd. Seven couples of different styles competed for a total of $1000 cash prize. Shawn & Azusa walked home with $600 plus trophies, and the title of "Bachata King & Bachata Queen" of Indianapolis. The second to fourth places were: Joel & Nadia, Anthony & Suheris, and Job & Amanda. The 400+ crowd also enjoyed special performances by DJ Phlipp & Irene, and Las Chicas El Meson. Click here for pictures.
November 12, 2008 - The pictures from the 5th Annual IntoSalsa Holloween Mascarade are here. There were many creative costumes, and the costume contest was a blast (thanks Joel and Chad for putting on a show). DJ Shawn Juan celebrated his birthday by playing some of most haunting Salsa music known to mankind. Click here to see the action.
October 22, 2008 - Thanks for coming to the IntoSalsa 5 Year Anniversary last Saturday at El Meson. There's no better way to celebrate our milestone than partying with 400 friends. It was a night of great music, food, dancing, and drinks. Special thanks to Luis Gomez for the workshop and performance. Also Larry Gindhart captured the highlights of the event. Click here to see pictures.
October 14, 2008 - Our Super Salsa Weekend ended a week ago. Juan and Christina from Cultural Explosion brought world class performances and workshops to Indy. We also celebrated our one year anniversary at El Meson, thanks to everyone's support. Click here to see pictures from the party. Click here to watch all the actions. Tracy wrote an article about her experience from the weekend. Click here to read her article.
August 8, 2008 - Last Wednesday, July 30th, IntoSalsa Third Annual Salsa Dance Competition came to an end at The Red Room. Six couples brought excitement, competiveness, and different styles of Salsa to the final. Chad & Karina won the first place and $500 of cash prize. Mike & Brooke were the runner-ups, followed by Alviemar & Alexandra and Ryan & Chimere. We appreciate the hard work the dancers put into their choreographies. The audience definitely enjoyed every minute. We'd like to thank all the sponsors, judges and performers for their contribution to the competition. We're looking forward to making it an even bigger event next year. Click here for pictures from the final.
July 9, 2008 - The 2008 IntoSalsa Amateur Freestyle Salsa Dance Competition came to an end at El Meson. There were some great Salsa dancing by dancers from all over the Midwest. Andrea & Kendra won the first place and $400. The second place went to Alviemar & Ingrid. The third place went to Sean & Danese. The crowd also enjoyed live music by Salsa & Company and fire dancing by Molly Wyldfyre. Click here for videos of the competition. Click here for the pictures.
June 25, 2008 - On June 17th, IntoSalsa hosted a Tapas Night at Barcelona Tapas restaurant. The event started with a Networking Hour. It was nice to mingle with the downtown professionals and taste different Spanish wine and tapas. A lot of Salsa dancers showed up for dinner and dancing afterwards. International DJ Kyle Long kept the music pumping. It was definitely a night to remember.
Click here to see pictures by Larry Gindhart Photography.
June 13, 2008 - Sunday, June 8th, IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio performed at the 2008 Indiana Festival. We've been invited to perform at Conner Prairie three years in a row. This year we have the largest group of dancers, including the IntoSalsa Dance Company, Student Dance Team, and Salsa Belly Dance class. Special thanks to Larry Gindhart Photography. Click here for pictures. Click here for videos of our performances.
May 14, 2008 - We celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style at El Meson on Saturday, May 3rd. We had a record number of attendence as people enjoyed a night of food, drinks, music, and dancing. Remember Cinco de Mayo last year at Club Level? It was the same flavor, but this year is only bigger and better: live Salsa music by Salsa and Company, free Mexican buffet, free beer provided by Budweiser, event photographer Larry Gindhart, plus a great Rueda performance by OpenSourceSalsa. Click here to watch their performance. Click here for pictures from the party.
May 7, 2008 - IntoSalsa's Yang and Erin got married on Thursday, May 1st at Cancun, Mexico. The wedding took place by the ocean at the beautiful Moon Palace Resort. It was attended by Yang and Erin's family. We made the announcement after we came back at the IntoSalsa Sunday Social. We'd like to thank all the well wishes, kisses, and hugs. Yang and Erin did an impromptu performance at the social. There were also dance performances by Ritmos Latinos from Bloomington, and Niko & Currie from Minneapolis. Enjoy!
April 9, 2008 - It was the first warm weekend of 2008. We couldn't have picked a better Sunday to have our IntoSalsa Sunday Social. The crowd was treated to a special performance by the IntoSalsa Performance Class and the red hot Latin Rhythms by DJ Shawn Juan. Our performance class will perform its new choreography at The Red Room on Wednesday, April 16th, and on Sunday, June 8th at the Indiana Festival. Click here for the video. If you're interested in our performance class, please contact us.
March 13, 2008 - On Sunday, March 2nd, we had a great turnout for our IntoSalsa Sunday Social. It was nice to see the new faces and the regulars. Besides all the dancing, our Salsa Belly Dance classes and performer Molly WyldFyre gave the audience a performance they won't forget. Indy's best photographer, Larry Gindhart was on hand to document the event. Click here to see pictures. If you're interested in purchasing any pictures, click here for Larry's new website. Click here to watch the videos from the social.
March 5, 2008 - On Tuesday, February 5th, IntoSalsa Dance Company had the honor of performing at the NBA game of Indiana Pacers against San Antonio Spurs at the Conseco Fieldhouse. We danced in front of over ten thousand people at the half-time as part of the Latin American Night. Click here to watch the performance. Click here for pictures.
February 6, 2008 - Mardi Gras Mambo photos are ready thanks to Larry Gindhart Photography. You guys looked great in those beads! The Samba dancers were pretty amazing too. Click here for the pictures.
January 16, 2008 - It took us a while to get the pictures from the New Year's Eve Party ready. There're many good pictures thanks to Angie Cinnamon. She captured all the highlights of this party: magic show, belly dancing, face painting, fire dancing, midnight countdown, and of course Latin dancing. It was definitely THE hottest party we've ever hosted. Click here to see all the action.
January 9, 2008 - We have the pictures from the IntoSalsa Christmas Jam. Whether you were good, bad, or naughty, we've got the proof. Check out all the actions. IntoSalsa Dance Company performed its new choreography - "Welcome to the Party". Click here to watch the video.
December 12, 2007 - Last Saturday was our Holiday Party at El Meson. The IntoSalsa Belly Dance Class dazzled the crowd with their performance "Hips Don't Lie". Click here to watch the performance. Click here for photos from last Saturday.
November 28, 2007 - We had two great parties at El Meson last week thanks to your support. Our Viva Salsa Saturday Nights have grown fast in the last two months. We'll continue to make improvements to the party including more seating area, a new bar, and coat check services. Feel free to email us any feedback or suggestions. Click here for photos from last Saturday.
November 10, 2007 - The 4th Annual IntoSalsa Halloween Masquerade was definitely the best one we've had so far. Not only did most people dress up in costumes, but it was also action packed! We had a costume contest, dance performance, special sound effects, horror movies on the big screen, and of course, one of the best photographers in Indy, Larry Gindhart documenting the event. We celebrated DJ Shawn Juan's birthday, who was spinning some scary Salsa and spooky Mambo all night. There are so many good photos that we had to create two albums. Click here for the first album. Click here for the second album.
October 10, 2007 - Viva Salsa Saturday Nights has officially made its come back at El Meson. This time everything is bigger and better. Last Saturday was the IntoSalsa 4 Year Anniversary Party. Over 200 people showed up and helped us celebrate the milestone. It was everything we could've asked for: convenient location, free parking, magnificent venue, friendly staff, 2 smoke-free rooms filled with dancers, 3 DJ's playing the hottest Latin rhythms, excellent food and drinks...The list could go on. One thing is for sure, there will be many great parties ahead! Click here for picture.
September 5, 2007 - Last Wednesday at The Red Room, IntoSalsa and the Peruvian Association of Indiana hosted a Peru Earthquake Relief Party. It was a total success! Our Student Dance Team performed a new number, and Budweiser gave away an ipod at the party. Special thanks to Larry Gindhart for his photography. We raised over $500 for the Peruvian Association to support its relief effort. The money has already been sent to Peru for much needed water and food. Thanks for your generosity, Indy salseros & salseras! Click here for pictures.
August 1, 2007 - After three weeks, IntoSalsa Second Annual Salsa Dance Competition came to a conclusion last Wednesday at the The Red Room. We'd like to congratulate the contestants for their great performances and efforts! The winners of the Amateur division are Josiah & Kendra. Second to fourth place finishes are: Luis & Lauren, Edgar & Karla, Vic & Colleen. The winners of the Professional division are: Ryan & Chimere. Second to third place finishes are: Chad & Karina, Marques & Jennifer. This competition set a new record number of attendance at the Red Room. More importantly, everybody was having a good time. We're looking forward to it again next year! Click here for pictures. Click here to watch the videos.
June 28, 2007 - Last Saturday was IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio's Two Year Anniversary Party. We were thrilled to see everybody sharing the joy of Salsa. Erin did a Latin Jazz solo performance to the delight of the audience. Special thanks to DJ Shawn Juan, DJ Jimmie Jim, and DJ Phlipp for their great music. It was the first time they joined force together, and it sure won't be the last.
Click here for pictures from the party.
May 16, 2007 - Cinco de Mayo turned out to be the biggest Fiesta at Club Level. Not only did we set a record on attendence, but also the standard of the party. People enjoyed everything Viva Salsa! had to offer: live Salsa music by Salsa and Company, free Mexican buffet provided by Acapulco Joe's restaurant, free beer provided by Budweiser, event photographer Larry Gindhart, and free Salsa lessons by IntoSalsa. It was definitely a night to remember. Find yourself in our photo album.
March 25, 2007 - Finally the pictures from the Midwest Fashion Show are here. Our friends at Catou Couture again put on a great show featuring some of the most talented local designers in Indy. We were thrilled to have the after party at the Union Station Grand Hall. This one of a kind location has marble floors, rich details, and a movie-like ambience. A group of salseros and salseras danced the night away in this historic building. Click here for pictures from the fashion show and after party. Click here for video.
March 7, 2007 - Last Saturday we had a ball at the Grand Opening Party of Club Level. It was great to share this special night with our friends and students. Club Level is simply the place for Salsa on Saturdays. You can dance to great music provided by DJ Phlipp and DJ Jimmie Jim with state of the art sound systems; you can take FREE dance lessons by IntoSalsa on a hardwood dance floor; you can watch non-stop Salsa videos on large screen TV's from anywhere in the club; and you can enjoy a full bar with fast service and relax at their new VIP booth. Salseros and salseras, we believe you deserve only the best. Whatever you need, we'll make sure you get it. Click here for pictures from Saturday.
February 21, 2007 - Check out pictures from last week's Valentine's Day Party at the Red Room.
It was simply red hot.
28, 2006 - Last
and Indy Hub
teamed up for a Salsa for Charity
event at The
Vault. We offered a free Salsa lesson to Indy
Hub members who brought canned foods to benefit Gleaners
Food Bank. Special thanks to Larry
Gindhart for photography and DJ
Jimmie Jim for music. Click
here for pictures from the event. David
and Serena gave us two great workshops
on Saturday. The Mambo (Salsa On2)
workshop was the first of its kind in Indy. People had fun learning
this new style of dance. Click
here to watch the highlights of the workshops.
13, 2006 - Pick up a copy of this
Salsa is the cover story: Salsa in the Circle City - Dancing
with a world view. This is the most comprehensive press coverage
on Salsa in Indianapolis to date. The article started with our
IntoSalsa 1st Annual Dance Competition,
and followed the steps of the winners Chad
to their quest for the World Salsa Championship. It also told
the story of how IntoSalsa
got started and the history of Salsa dancing. We are honored to
receive such exposure from NUVO. We hope this article would bring
much needed interest from the public on Salsa. There will also
be a podcast on NUVO's website
that you can listen to this week. Come this Saturday to
Vault for a night of dancing and celebration.
7, 2006 -
night was red hot at The
Red Room. Ladies showed up in red to help celebrate
DJ Shawn Juan's
a burlesque Salsa show. The
dancers dazzled the crowd with their performance in 1920's costumes.
girls were sexy as ever and the guys were straight from a gangster's
movie. It was Pure
meeting Moulin Rouge.
Click here to see pictures from the party.
October 31, 2006 - Wild? Crazy?
Scary? The Third Annual IntoSalsa
Halloween Mascarade was everything
you could've asked for on a Halloween. For the second straight
year, The Vault provided
the ultimate Halloween setting for this extravaganza. We even
got an extra hour to party thanks to the Daylight Saving Time!
If you missed the fun, just want until 2007. Click
here to see actions from Saturday.
24, 2006 - It was a night of great
music, great dancing, and most of all, great people last Saturday
night at the IntoSalsa
3 Year Anniversary Party. All the champagne and
cakes in the world were not enough for us to thank our loyal supporters.
And what about The VIP Crew?
This group of guys brought so much energy into the party. With
DJ Jimmie Jim
and DJ Vic
spinning one hot tune after another, and Gino
"El Campeon" on the Mic,
people just couldn't stop dancing! This event really sums up what
is all about. Click
here for pictures from the party.
3, 2006 - Exactly one year ago this
hosted its first weekly party at The
Vault after leaving the Blue Cactus. People liked the location,
ambience, and service at this new club. In the following months,
we made so many fond
memories with our friends. The Vault became the hottest Latin
club for Saturdays. Five months ago we decided to leave Saturday
nights to focus on our dance studio. After a much needed break,
is back at The Vault every Saturday! We want to continue our quest
for the highest standard of Latin music and dance for Indianapolis.
We'll create a safe and fun enviroment like we have in the past.
The hardwood dance floor will meet the approval of the dancers
every night! Please come this Saturday to experience the vibe,
and spread the joy of Salsa!
30, 2006 - Óle! Thank
everyone for coming to the IntoSalsa
Sunday Social last week. The Flamenco
dazzled us with some beautiful foot work and arm work.
It was Yoshimi's
last performance with the group, who's leaving us for good to
go back to Japan. Flamenco is such
a passionate dance that the audience all got on their feet and
started tapping away. Directed by Erica
Dominguez, FlamencÓle has
performed at Fiesta and many other venues. Click
here to watch the performance.
August 2, 2006 - The final of the
IntoSalsa First Annual Salsa Dance
Competition took place last Wednesday
at The Red Room. The
level of dancing was the highest in any Salsa competition we've
seen in Indy. The dancers came out in their costumes and gave
everything they had. The audience packed the room and closely
watched every move by the dancers. The four couples all had different
styles, which made it very hard to judge. In the end, the winners
of the IntoSalsa First Annual Salsa Dance Competition were Chad
& Karina. Their style, energy,
and athleticism won the hearts of the judges. The scores between
Shayne & Barbara and
Marques & Chimere
were a tie. The judges had to vote to break the tie. Shayne &
Barbara received the highest number of votes and won second place
and Marques & Chimere received third. The fourth place went
to Lucio & Cynthia.
We appreciate the hard work of all the dancers. We also want to
thank the judges and volunteers who helped to make this event
a success. Click
here to read an interview with Chad & Karina. Click
here for pictures from the competition. Click
here for videos.
28, 2006 - The bad weather didn't
stop people from coming to our One
Year Anniversary Party last Sunday.
It had a real community feeling with many kids attending. We had
plenty of drinks, snacks, and dancing to keep them entertained.
IntoSalsa Dance Company gave
a special performance that got the audience laughing, hollering,
and cheering. There were also tears. As people sang happy birthday
to Shayne, she
was very touched by the love from her salsa friends. It was like
a big family. We'll continue to have the Sunday Social at the
end of each month. Click
here for videos. Click
here for photos.
13, 2006 - The past couple of months
we saw a big surge of interest in Salsa and Latin dancing. Maybe
it's the shows like So
You Think You Can Dance, or Dancing
with the Stars. Maybe it's the warmer weather. Whatever the
case might be, every Wednesday night the dance floor gets packed
at the Red Room. Advanced
dancers would burn up the floor, and the beginners would practice
the new moves they just learned in class. DJ
Shawn Juan plays a lot of great
Salsa, and mixes in some classic Cha Cha, high energy Merengue,
and sexy Bachata. People love to come out for their mid-week Salsa
fix. Finally, Indianapolis has a place for the true Salseros.
has been supporting the Red Room for almost two years. We teach
Salsa classes there every Wednesday night. Click
here for a video of Across Indiana
show aired on WFYI.
You'll see what this is all about!
June 6, 2006 - Diversity was the
focus of this year's Indiana Festival.
This event took place last weekend at the Conner
Prairie, celebrating the arts, music
& people of the Midwest. There were African dance, Chinese
Lion and dragon dance, Irish dance, and other great performances.
The festival also featured Sancocho,
an Afro-Cuban percussion and dance company based in Indianapolis.
IntoSalsa Dance Company
debuted its newest choreography. As the closing act on Saturday,
they and the IntoSalsa Performance
Class dazzled the crowd with some
hot Salsa. Click here
for videos of our performances. Click
here for pictures from Indiana Festival.
23, 2006 - Great
job last Sunday, Performance Class!
The group worked hard for 4 months to prepare for their 4 minutes
in front of the audience. People really loved it. The IntoSalsa
Sunday Social was also the biggest
one we've had so far. People of all ages danced together as DJ
Shawn Juan played only the best
Salsa and Cha Cha music. Click
here to see pictures from Sunday. We also have videos
of the dance performance and the party, thanks to Manny
9, 2006 - NSHMBA
brought Salsa de Mayo
to the Red Room last
Wednesday. It was an evening of great music, dancing, and networking.
Salsa & Company
gave us two sets of high energy Salsa jam! The trio of keyboard/singer
and purcussionists sounded more like a big band. People were all
on their feet and danced one song after another. Salsa & Company
will come back to the Red Room soon. Stay tuned.
here to see pictures from the party.
2, 2006 - Last
Sunday we had another IntoSalsa
Sunday Social. Despite the rain,
it was a good turn out. Eddie
gave a free Rueda class.
here for the video. If you missed the social, you can still
join the Rueda de
Casino class on Wednesdays starting
this week. It's half price for ladies. We'e looking for a few
more men to join this class. You'll learn Cuban Salsa steps, patterns,
and styling, not to mention the fun of dancing in a big circle.
Here's a video
of our Reggaeton
class taught by Kionde
last month. We'll offer it again on Saturdays in May. Check it
11, 2006 - Last
Saturday we had a great party at The
Vault. It was our first College
Night and over 300 people showed
up. Students from IU, Purdue, IUPUI, Anderson U, and U of I came
in groups and partied with our regulars. A group of girls from
IU came in early, followed by a group of guys from Purdue. After
some small talk, they started dancing with each other. Who said
IU and Purdue can't get along? The dance floor got more and more
crowded as the night went on. Here're some
pictures from the party thanks to Gino.
Stay tuned for the next College Night!
28, 2006 - Last
Sunday we had our second IntoSalsa
Social. The attendence almost doubled
from the first one in February! It was great to see so many new
faces and old friends. Kionde
gave a Reggaeton lesson to get the party started. It was an evening
of dancing, laughing, socilizing, eating, drinking, spining, dipping,
and people watching. DJ Shawn Juan
played lots of hot Salsa songs plus Merengue and Bachata between
the breaks. Special thanks to Bobby
for taking some cool
pictures, and Craig
for his culinary contribution. Also we have some video
highlights to share with everyone, thanks to Chad.
8, 2006 - Last
Friday the Mavris Arts & Events
Center was transformed into a fashion
hot bed. Over 300 people showed up to support Indy's own new &
upcoming Fashion Designer Berny
Martin. He introduced his 2006 Spring/Summer
It was a night of arts, fashion, dance, and some of the best dressed
people in Indy. IntoSalsa
is proud to be one of the sponsors. We want to give a special
shout out to WiP Downtown hair studio,
who did a fantanstic job on the models. Berny plans to have another
show later this year, similar to those in the New York fashion
industry. Stay tuned. Enjoy a special presentation of the Life
Style of Catou Fashion Show.
March 1, 2006
- February was a great month for
the Salsa dancers in Indy. Since the Red
Room changed Wednesday night to "Pure
Salsa!", it has been rewarded
with a much bigger crowd. People really appreciate the classy
venue, good service, and great music it provides. IntoSalsa
Night also continues to grow at
The Vault every Saturday.
We had a great turn out to the recent Bachata Dance Contest and
the Mardi Gras Mambo. Last month a large group of salseros and
salseras went to the Chicago International
Salsa Congress. For four days, they
took classes, watched performances, and danced with some of the
best dancers in the world! What they brought back to Indy will
help bring Salsa dancing to a higher level. As a conclusion to
all the good things that happened in February, we hosted the first
at IntoSalsa Latin Dance
Studio. Many of our friends and students showed up and danced
to nothing but Salsa for four hours. Special thanks to DJ
Shawn and Bobby,
who photographed the event. We've decided to make this a monthly
event. Stay tuned for the next social!
Finally, all the pictures are ready from these events:
24, 2006 - Models
from Bella Magazine
made everybody happy last Saturday at The
Vault. They gave out free gifts and champagne to the girls,
and partied with the guys all night. It was the first Launch
Party of 2006 hosted by IntoSalsa.
Bella is a magazine for today's Hispanic woman. It is free of charge
to the Hispanic community in Central Indiana. Here you will find
beauty tips, fashion tips, health, cooking, fitness, entertainment
and practical advice. IntoSalsa and Bella have been partners for
here for pictures from the party.
18, 2006 - Talk about seduction -
was sexin' it up big time at The
Vault last Saturday! The ladies were struttin' their stuff in
stilettos and itty bitty mini skirts. Who could ask for more? An
all girl group called, "O"
danced a seductive choreography on the bar. With fire lighting up
the bar, the girls first shocked the crowd, and then drove people
crazy. Ooooooo what a good time it was! If you missed the party,
girls will be back soon to surprise you again! Click
here for photos from the party.
3, 2006 - Happy
new year! Did you survive all the drinking, dancing, and partying?
We did - barely, at our New Year's Eve
Party. It was a great way to finish 2005. Everybody was in
a festive mood. Geno "El Campeon"
spiced things up with his Reggaeton performance. DJ
Jimmie Jim made sure the dance floor was full all night.
The highlight of the night came as the count down started. The crowd
erupted into a euphoria and the champagne bottles started popping.
for photos from the party.
20, 2005 - Christmas came early last
Saturday night at IntoSalsa's Xmas
Jam. It was the best turn out at The
Vault so far. The music was jamming and the dance floor was
packed. Latino Idol
finalist, Laura Morenco
wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice. The highlight of the night
came when we gave away prizes to two lucky winners: Paula
won the DVD player and Rogelio
walked home with the flat screen TV. Click
here to see highlights from the party.
13, 2005 - IntoSalsa
Night was officially back last Saturday
at The Vault. We want to
thank those who came despite the cold and the snow. It was also
birthday, and he had some surprises for everyone. For one, he didn't
dress up as a woman this time. Then the real surprise was the performance
by the Midwest Belly Dance Superstars.
They put on a great show. People were
happy about the change to Saturdays, as well as the location. The
Vault has friendly staff, great atmosphere, and the best looking
Latin dance crowd in Indy. We'll have many more parties to come!
here to see pictures.
- Last Friday was our
Puerto Rican Night.
Some proud Boriquas showed up in red, white, blue to celebrate their
heritage. DJ Jimmie Jim
from Puerto Rico rocked the house with the hottest Puerto Rican
Salsa and Reggaeton. It was also Maria's
birthday party as well as Yoeny
farewell party. The Cuban twin sensations are moving to Florida
to pursue their dreams of dancing on stage. Let's wish them best
here to see pictures from the party.
November 15, 2005 - Pink was definitely
the hottest color last Friday. Girls and guys showed up in various
degrees of pink to our Pink Friday
at The Vault. Most girls
found something pink in their closets, yet some had to go out to
buy the perfect pink shirt or skirt for this special occation. Guys
were not shy of flaunting their softer side either. They felt quite
comfortable in their new skin, and kept the girls on their feet
all night. Who said there's no fashion in Indianapolis? We'll prove
them wrong if they come to the next Latin Flava Friday! Click
here to see photos.
- Last Friday night the
Vault was transformed into a creepy haunted house with a giant
spider hovering above the bar. The dance floor was a graveyard filled
with vampires, catwomen, mummies, pirates, prisoners, devils, and
other creatures dancing to some very scary beats. Our second IntoSalsa
Halloween Mascarade was so hot that
the police wanted to shut it down! DJ
TaZ and DJ
Jimmy plus percussionists Gerardo
kept 200+ people on their feet all night. Even a blown speaker didn't
stop the people from dancing. Click
here to see pictures.
25, 2005 - Thanks for coming to our
2 Year Anniversary Party
last Friday. It was great to see so many familiar faces. We've known
some of the people for 6, 7 years now. IntoSalsa
couldn't have had the parties at IL Gargano, Blue Cactus, or the
Vault without your support. The Indianapolis Salsa community has
become like a family in the past couple years. It's a nice feeling
walking into a club and people all greet each other with a smile,
no matter what color, race, or nationality you are. Of course, there's
always dancing - what brought us together in the first place! Let's
hope there are many more years to come. Click
here to see pictures from the party.
12, 2005 - Last Friday at the
Vault we kicked off the weekend with a bang. Dancers hit the
new hardwood dance floor like children at a playground. The new
decór at the Vault created a sulty ambience for those who
enjoyed cocktails while watching the dancers groove to tropical
beats. Halfway through the night, DJ
TaZ spinned a hot Reggaeton song that
got the ladies dancing on top of the bar. No man left the club without
a smile on his face. Click
here to see pictures from Friday.
September 19, 2005 - The 25th Fiesta
Indianapolis took place last Saturday
in downtown. It was a celebration of Latin culture, music, dance,
and people. From start to finish, It couldn't have been more perfect.
Two thumbs up to La Plaza
who organized this event. IntoSalsa
is proud to be one of the sponsors. We met many new friends at our
booth and entertained the audience with our dance performances.
The official DJ of Fiesta - DJ TaZ
kept the crowd on their feet with
the hottest Latin rhythms throughout the day. At night, three Salsa
bands including Puerto Rican Power
rocked the Fiesta with great performances. Fiesta turned into the
biggest street party of the year followed by the most amazing After
Party at the IntoSalsa Latin
Dance Studio. The whole Indianapolis Salsa community was there!
Even Puerto Rican Power
made a surprise visit to the party and danced along with us!!!
here to see pictures from Fiesta.
13, 2005 - On
Friday, September 9th, IntoSalsa
and Yat's Restaurant
teamed up for a "Salsa for
a Cause" Street Party. The goal
of this event was to raise money for the Katrina Relief Fund. Many
people showed up and donated to the cause. It was a great night
of music, dancing, food, and the arts. People from all walks of
life crowded the street corner to dance to the hottest Salsa rhythms
of Indy by Dj
and percussionists Gerardo
It was a celebration of the city that was and will be again - The
Big Easy. Special thanks to Yat's, who gave away cajun food and
free drinks. Over $900 was raised for the American
Red Cross. Read this
article by Nivanka
Paranavitana, who helped organize this event. Click
here to see pictures from the street party.
23, 2005 - Last
Friday, if you did not know that IntoSalsa was a Latin dance studio,
you would have thought that we were running a house of burlesque.
Ladies sauntered in from their cars in fluttery lingerie as guys
on the fire escape above shouted their approval. However, we try
to keep it as clean as possible, so what was really going on was
IntoSalsa's Pajama Jam! Studio
Party. Everyone danced into the night
to Dj TaZ
- or shall I say - Madame Taz's sultry salsa rhythms. What better
way is there to beat the August heat than dancing in as little clothing
here to see photos from the party.
9, 2005 - Last
Saturday our IntoSalsa Cookout
took place at Uko's
house. Those of you who missed it really missed out! There were
lots of food, lots of friends, and lots of entertainment. Between
intermitent games of volleyball and table tennis, people were entertained
the magician. He never ceased to amaze those around him. There was
also a fashion show put on by our very own "Hot
Donna" and her entourage of stylish salseras and salseros.
The weather was hot, but their threads were even hotter. Click
here for pictures from the cookout.
7, 2005 - Last
weekend IntoSalsa brought a group of salseros and salseras to Chicago
for 4 days of fun. This is the second IntoSalsa
Field Trip to Chi-town.
We had some great dancing at different Salsa clubs. Indy dancers
held their own dancing with some of the best dancers in Chicago.
We also had a blast at the Taste of
in Grant Park, and Independence
Eve Fireworks. It was overwelming
being around millions of people at some of the events. Back in Indy,
we want to to share our
here for pictures from Chicago.
June 29, 2005 - Lights! Camera! Swimwear!
Last Saturday night IntoSalsa, Catou,
and Bella Magazine teamed up to host
the very first Swimwear Review
at The Blue Cactus. Before
the show, people enjoyed dance performance
by IntoSalsa Dance Company.
turned the dance floor into a runway as our models displayed the
latest summer fashion from Catou.
The party was definitely one of the hottest this summer. Special
thanks to WIP
downtown for hair design.
here to see photos.
21, 2005 - We
want to thank everyone who came to our Grand
last Friday. It was nice to see many old friends and new faces.
People enjoyed Champagne and wine, great music, performance by IntoSalsa
and non-stop Salsa dancing. This
is a new beginning for IntoSalsa.
Our studio has over 1500
square feet of hardwood floor. It is available for private parties,
weddings, and corporate events. We
are also going to have monthly Salsa parties at the studio. Stay
17, 2005 - If
you feel the Latin beat, if you enjoy the "Latin Experience",
then you must have felt the Latin Energy last Thursday at the Salsa
de Mayo 2005
at the Blue Cactus. The National
Society of Hispanic MBAs
were proud to create a night of magic for all the people who showed
up to support the Project
Stepping Stone Scholarship Fund,
which helps underprivileged Hispanic high school students attend
college. It was also the debut of the IntoSalsa
Dance Company whose performance rocked the Blue Cactus. Click
here to see pictures from the party.
8, 2005 - What
does Indianapolis and Rio de Janeiro have in common? Well, let's
see: tropical weather, sandy beach, and a strong Portugese influence.
O.K. you know we are joking. One thing we have in common is Brazilian
- the colorful Brazilian extranvaganza. While it's still cold here
in March, the Union
Station's Grand Hall
was hotter than ever last Saturday night: a beautiful crowd, live
music, rum cocktails, Brazilian food, and of course Samba dancing.
and a live Samba band played fast Brazilian beats while a Samba
dance troupe dazzled the crowd with their elaborate costumes and
sexy moves. The goal of this event is to provide a cultural experience
and raise money for St.
Vincent Women's hospital.
We're honored to be part of it.
Click here to see pictures from Saturday.
1, 2005 -
Last Sunday we had another packed house for the VIP
Sneak Preview of Orquesta
Bravo at the Blue Cactus. An elegant
crowd showed up in their sexy Salsa attire for this occasion. This
new Salsa band has three great vocalists and ten musicians who played
their hearts out with an excellent repertoire of Salsa songs. They
provided what's desperately needed in the Indy Salsa scene. It's
been a while since we've heard a local Salsa band play. Hopefully,
it won't be long before we see Orquesta Bravo again. Click
here to see pictures from Sunday.
January 25, 2005 -
After two weeks, our Salsa for
a Cause tsunami relief fundraiser
finally came to an end. Indy salseros and salseras really stepped
up and lent a helping hand. We raised over $8,000 for the Sri Lankan
tsunami victims. Special thanks to Eli
Lilly and Company's effort to match
every dollar we raised. This shows how much this community cares.
Congratulations to the raffle winners.
Click here to see photos from the party.
9, 2004 -
Thanks everyone for coming to the IntoSalsa
Charity Ball at the Blue Cactus last
Saturday. We helped raise almost $1000 for The
Calnali Health Education Outreach Program,
which provides health care and education for a medically underserved
population residing in Calnali, Hidalgo, Mexico. The money will
help a team of Spanish speaking medical students, dental students,
nursing students, and physicians to travel to Calnali in the Spring.
IntoSalsa and IU School of Medicine were the proud sponsors of this
here for pictures.
1, 2004 -
On Saturday, August 28, the fashion-conscious and clothes-curious
crowded the Athletic
in downtown Indianapolis for the first annual Mujer
Latina Fashion Show,
benefiting the Association of Mexican Women and hosted by BELLA
IntoSalsa was proud to be one of the sponsors. We also hosted
Latina After Party
at the Blue Cactus. The party continued from the runway to the
dance floor as models, dancers, and partiers enjoyed music and
martinis together. Salseros
and salseras demonstrated their fervent love of dancing and socializing.
The Blue Cactus had its hottest night ever! Click
here for pictures.
14, 2004 -
a couple of weeks' break, IntoSalsa
was back last Saturday at Bourbon
It was one of the biggest salsa parties this year! Almost 200
people came to enjoy dancing and say good-by to Ayben.
She is leaving today to go back home to Turkey. We will all miss
her smile, energy, and in-your-face belly dancing. She and other
Turkish girls put on a show dancing in a circle to some fast beats.
People also enjoyed the spectacular views of downtown while they
cooled off on the balcony. It was a summer night to remember,
but we will have many more to come.
Click here to see pictures.
6, 2004 -
barbeque, children, adults, salsa dancing. . . this was the scene
of the first IntoSalsa
on July 4th. It was picture perfect with our friends dancing,
laughing, and enjoying the cookout on this special day. I want
to thank everyone who came and made this event special. Rudo and
her friend provided the extra grills and many other things that
we needed. Our grill master, Kenny, saved the cookout from turing
into a disaster. Of course, Dj
played the best music under the sun. It couldn't be more perfect.
here to see pictures from the cookout.
3, 2004 -
Friday, May 28th, thirty Indy salseros and salseras journeyed
to Chicago for a weekend of Latin dancing. We crammed two Latin
clubs, three birthdays, one Salsa workshop, a tour to Chinatown,
and tons of fun memories into our three-day stay in Chicago. Some
die-hard partier stayed for an extra day for more dancing. Who
could forget Patricia's coconut cake? She's the one who always
feeds us. To share our experience with everyone at home, we have
pictures from this trip.
There will be many more Chicago trips to come. Stay tuned.
18, 2004 -
Thursday we had an exciting networking event at The
Salsa De Mayo.
This event was sponsored by NSHMBA
(National Society of Hispanic MBAs) and INtoSalsa
to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. NSHMBA members mingled with INtoSalsa
students while enjoying wonderful food from Jazz Kitchen. We gave
a Salsa performance and a free lesson, and everybody started dancing
here for pictures
from the event.
18, 2004 -
Saturday was Valentine's Day "Men
are from Mars, Women are from Venus"
Party at IL
We treated our guests with free Champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries,
pasta and international music all night. Thank you for making
your date with INtoSalsa. The battle between men and women turned
out to be very one-sided. Ladies easily won both the Limbo and
the "Shake Off" contests.
from the party.
7, 2004 -
Happy New Year! 2003 is behind us. What a year it has been! Since
the summer, INtoSalsa has been growing quickly through classes,
performances, and events. We have also sponsored monthly international
events at different venues. Hundreds of people have attended these
events. On New Year's Eve, INtoSalsa
teamed up to bring the New
Year's Eve Extravaganza
Italian restaurant. There were tons of international music and
dance, party favors, and surprise entertainment. Just see
for yourself what a party it was.