Get Your Dancing Shoes On

Panoramo Hispano News

May 3, 2013

If you’ve been looking for a place to get your groove on dancing, bachata, Salsa, merengue, and cha cha cha, there’s a new Wednesday night salsa dance program which has become popular with dancers and those who want to learn new moves! The newly redesigned Pucho Olvencia Community Center located at 261 Swan Street. Salsa Night “Buffalo’s longest running and most popular salsa night” has taken the dance to the next level and is out to entertain both amateurs and pros on its new very large and extremely smooth dance floor. It’s just what salsa dancers have been waiting for. The group’s inaugural event at the Pucho Inc. (about two months ago) and seems to be attracting about 70 to 80 dancers and Latin music fans. After dancing attendants hang around and have drinks, while socializing with news found friends and fellow dancers.

Whether you just want to learn Salas, Bachta, Merengue or some other Latin style of dancing! Come on by! Each Wednesday there is a class that begins at 7pm. After that everyone takes to the floor for a bout of social dancing until 11pm. Come join in on the hottest dancing in Buffalo.

Join the fun!

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La Noche del Bailador

Buffalo Rising

April 25, 2013

Let’s… get… ready… to… rumba! This time in the Elmwood Village. Epic is now hosting a Friday night salsa dance series, complete with lessons at 10pm. Then, be ready to “let loose” on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning. These salsa dance Fridays are hosted by Baila Salsa Dance Co (FB), the leader in salsa dancing here in Greater Buffalo. Not only will the dancing be hot, the DJ music is designed to get the blood flowing, while the bar does the same in the drink department. Epic attracts some of the best dancers around, while encouraging newbies to give it a try. There are few wallflowers at Epic on salsa nights, as you will see.

This Friday, at 10pm, head on over to Epic and bring your dancing shoes. Music and dance styles range from Classic Salsa to Bachata and Merengue to Cha cha cha.

See more on the Facebook event page.

Free Admission | dress code enforced | 21+ | Every Friday | 10:00pm ’til the last person leaves the floor


431 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo NY 14222


Photo: Mark Anthony Photography @ Epic

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Conozca su Gente: Calvin & Fanny of Baila Salsa Dance Co.

Panoramo Hispano News

Fanny & Calvin of the Baila Salsa Dance Company teach Salsa & Bachata, host Dancer’s Night Out at Epic Lounge and Salsa Night at the Pucho Olivencia Center when they’re not performing at special events.

Calvin and Fanny have been dancing and teaching salsa together since 2008. They frequently attend salsa congresses and festivals throughout the country where they participate in workshops and share the dance floor with some of the biggest names in the world of salsa. They have worked with five-time World Salsa Champion Oliver Pineda of Australia, Salsa On2 pioneer Eddie Torres of New York, Griselle Ponce of New Jersey, the Cobo Brothers of North Carolina and many more.

Fanny Olaya was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she grew up listening and dancing to the sounds of salsa, merengue, cumbia, cha cha cha and other latin styles. These sounds were a part of Fanny’s everyday life from a very early age and have created in her an undying passion for music and dance.

Calvin Rice is Buffalo born! He holds a Bachelors degree in music performance and education from Ithaca College and is an active musician, dancer and teacher who loves to share his knowledge and talent with others. You may have seen him around town playing in a band and dancing with Fanny.

Classes with Fanny and Calvin at Baila Salsa are always exciting because of Calvin’s enthusiasm and skill along with Fanny’s exotic feminine movements. Classes are comprised of a mix of footwork (shines) and partnerwork (turn patterns), with emphasis on the techniques of leading and following for the social dancer. They also teach the new dancer to gain an understanding of musicality and latin body motion whether they’re Latino or not! And best of all is that no partner is necessary.

These two Buffalo sensations teach private, group and event lessons and are available to perform choreographed dance routines for birthdays, weddings, pageants, Quinceañeras, and more.

Just recently they performed along with their dance troupe at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel with Jon Secada for the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Premier Gala.

Watch them on YouTube, follow them on facebook or visit

For more information you can e-mail them at or call them at 716-807-7363 y SI HABLAN ESPANOL!

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Noche de Salsa on Swan Street

Buffalo Rising

April 17, 2013

If you’ve been looking for a place to salsa… you know, bachata, merengue, and cha cha cha, there’s a new Wednesday night salsa dance series in full swing at the newly renovated Pucho Olvencia Community Center (POCC) located at 261 Swan Street. “Buffalo’s longest running and most popular salsa night” has taken the dance to the next level and is out to entertain both amateurs and pros on its new very large and extremely smooth dance floor.  It’s just what salsa dancers have been waiting for. The group’s inaugural event at the POCC (last Wednesday) attracted nearly 100 dancers and Latin music fans. Not bad for its first night out of the gate in its new digs.

For those who might be a little rusty in the salsa department, each week there is a class that begins at 7pm. After that everyone takes to the floor for a bout of social dancing until 11pm. Come join in on the hottest dancing in Buffalo tonight!
Noche de Salsa – Facebook
Brought to you by Fanny & Calvin @ Baila Salsa Dance Co. – Salsa Buffalo
Pucho Olvencia Community Center
261 Swan Street | Buffalo NY
7:00pm until 11:00pm
No partner necessary.
$5 at the door.
Bar will be open with drink specials

El Barrio Buffalo Visits Baila Salsa at the Epic Lounge

El Barrio Buffalo

El Barrio Buffalo Host Ralph Hernandez and Co-Host Carma Dee check out salsa dancing with Calvin and Fanny of Baila Salsa Dance Company

5 Questions With… Calvin Rice and Fanny Olaya: Salsa Dance Instructors


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Calvin Rice and Fanny Olaya: Salsa Dance Instructors

Dance has been stepping out into the spotlight in recent years, thanks to the popular Dancing with the Stars TV show. One of the more dramatic and head-turning styles is salsa. But where can one learn the exotic Latin body motion that characterizes this spicy boogie? For the past three years, Calvin and Fanny have been sharing their knowledge built on years of travel to salsa congresses and festivals. Fanny grew up with it in Lima, Peru, while Calvin, a Buffalo native, approached the style from a musician’s standpoint, earning a BA in music performance and education from Ithaca College. You can learn from them yourselves every Wednesday, with a 7pm lesson followed by open dancing until 10pm, at Chow Chocolat (731 Main Street); every Sunday at noon at the Latin American Institute (115 Elmwood Ave.); and every Saturday at 2pm at Free Soul Dance Studio (4271 Lake Rd., Blasdell). No partner required. Visit them at

Is salsa a good entry-level dance for the rhythmically challenged (i.e. bad dancers)? How easy is it to learn?

Salsa is a great dance for people of all ability levels. The basic step is very easy to learn, which allows people to confidently step onto the dance floor after only one or two lessons.

How is salsa different from other Latin American styles of dance?

Salsa is probably the most popular of all the Latin American dance styles. It is a very energetic dance that is danced in cities all over the world. Salsa can also be quite elegant and sensual. This versatility sets salsa apart from other Latin dance styles and adds to its mass appeal.

How much of the dance is improvised and how much follows choreographed movements?
Our lessons are geared towards social dancing. We emphasize leading and following techniques so that students will have the ability to dance with anyone in a social setting.

How did you each first discover salsa and how long have you been dancing? How does your personal relationship effect the way you dance together?

Calvin: I discovered dancing through playing trumpet with local salsa and merengue bands. The music is so rhythmic and full of life that I can’t help but move when I hear it. I have been dancing and playing salsa for about four years.

Fanny: I was born in Peru where I grew up listening to salsa all the time. I have been dancing salsa for as long as I can remember. We met on the dance floor and have been dancing together ever since. Our close personal relationship gives us great chemistry when we dance together.

Is sexual chemistry an important element in couples dance?

Although salsa can be a very sensual dance, sexual chemistry is not necessary.

BONUS: Is it safe to say that learning a sensual dance is a good way to meet people? Maybe pick up a date?

Learning salsa is definitely a great way to meet new and interesting people. It is an incredibly social activity that attracts people from all walks of life.

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A Lively Latin Spin on the Philharmonic

The Buffalo News

July 7, 2011

Sunday, when superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert will hark back to the golden age of classical music. The music is Tchaikovsky. The ambience, formal.

Friday, the atmosphere will be completely different.

For Friday’s concert, the brains at the BPO looked for inspiration to the Jeans and Beer concerts the orchestra held years ago. They created

an evening of Latin music that is not only a concert but a complete night out.

“We wanted an informal concert, where people could hear the orchestra but enjoy a happy hour and food and socializing before and after,” says Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer, who is conducting both shows.

Admission to the Friday event is relatively inexpensive. Reserved seating is $35, and general admission tickets are $20.

The fun starts at 5:30 p. m., when a party in the Mary Seaton Room will feature live music by Wendell Rivera. The bar will be open.

Impressively, stylish Lloyd’s Taco Truck has promised to pull up. And there will be opportunity to work off those tacos –with dancers from Buffalo’s Latin American Institute teaching basic merengue, salsa and tango.

Carlos Ossa of the institute is excited about the collaboration –the group’s first partnering with the BPO.

“We saw a great opportunity for us to show our music and culture,” Ossa says.

About 10 dancers will be on

hand. “They are teachers, too,” he stresses. “They know how to teach.”

Ossa adds that attendees will have the chance to win free dance classes at the Institute.

Dance is a central part of life in Latin countries, he explains. “Music always is a powerful connection between countries.”

For the concert itself, which begins at 7 p. m., Kraemer has chosen a mix that ranges from “West Side Story” to tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

A group of numbers by Santana, including “Oye Como Va” and “Evil Ways,” should wow the pop fans. “They’re not bad arrangements,” Kraemer promises. “This has a solid percussion part. It’s well-written for orchestra.”

No Latin concert is complete without “Tico-Tico,” and though Kraemer says the BPO owns two versions of the song, the orchestra rented the arrangement by Hollywood Bowl legend Carmen Dragon.

“It’s the gold standard, the classic sound of that Hollywood era,” Kraemer says. “This is what the orchestra always does when it does ‘Tico-Tico.’ We always rent this one.”

After the concert, the action shifts back to the Mary Seaton Room, and the evening roars on.

Kraemer hopes to plan more relaxed evenings like this one.

“This kind of format is a little unorthodox,” he says. “Many orchestras do happy hour concerts, to attract a crowd that wouldn’t be walking in the door.”

He likes the idea of planning another concert around a movie — “Pirates of the Caribbean,” perhaps, or “Casablanca,” or a Hitchcock flick.

“I’d love people to be able to bring in their drinks, like they do at the Boston Pops,” he muses.

“Things change and you can’t become satisfied with the status quo. You have to try something that might be a little bit different.”

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