SATURDAY: City Heights Salsa Dance Rally To Bridge Divides inside San Diego & Border 4-9pm

 
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08/12/2017 - 4:00pm
08/12/2017 - 9:00pm
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SATURDAY: City Heights Salsa Dance Rally To Bridge Divides inside San Diego and The Border
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Event will unveil and teach a new salsa move made just for San Diego, “El Puente” (The Bridge)

WHAT: This Saturday, City Heights residents and Latino-immigrant business owners invite San Diego to Salsa Sabado, a salsa dance rally to both protest Washington, D.C.’s attempts to divide and to build bridges across San Diego’s El Cajon Boulevard “border wall.”

At the event, free Salsa lessons will include the unveiling of a new salsa move created just for San Diego and the event, “El Puente” (The Bridge). The move bringing dancers from being apart back together again, symbolizing the building of unity between two San Diegos and two countries. 

San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gómez
“The proposed border wall goes against the principles of unity and collaboration; and hurt our local economy and the environment. 

Commerce along our San Diego-Tijuana region is one of the most thriving and vibrant systems in our nation, and we must continue to improve the infrastructure that boosts its economic success, not thwart it. 

I applaud and thank the El Cajon BIA for hosting this creative rally to highlight the need for bridges among our communities, not walls.” 

WHY: El Cajon Boulevard divides two sides of San Diego, forming a border wall between higher and lower-income communities, between immigrant and refugee communities and others, between white families and families of color. The Salsa dance rally is both a protest of Washington, D.C.’s attempts to divide and aims build bridges across San Diego’s El Cajon Boulevard “border wall.”

Salsa Sabado is part of a series of efforts by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association to bridge divisions across San Diego. The nonprofit aims to create shared spaces along the El Cajon Boulevard corridor that foster cultural exchange, connection and business relationships between all San Diegans. 

VISUALS:
Salsa dancing by residents of City Heights and all of San Diego
Food and drink from Latino and immigrant-owned small businesses
Practicing of San Diego’s salsa move, “El Puente”
Fair@44’s vibrant, colorful space and art
WHEN AND WHERE: 
Saturday, August 12
4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (free salsa lessons and “El Puente” demonstration at 4 p.m.)
4350 El Cajon Blvd (Fair@44)
WHO:

Patrick Hernandez of Melómano Entertainment
“El Puente is a dance move that brings the individuals dancing from being apart back together. We created it to demonstrate through dance that we can unite many different people from all walks of life. 

It's easy to lead and follow the dance move so anyone can do it! El Puente has a special meaning to us as it represents us changing people's lives through dance.”

Beryl Forman, Marketing and Mobility Coordinator for the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association.
"We are excited to see how dance brings the communities together from north and south of The Boulevard, and builds on the larger goals of Fair@44 as an international gathering space." 

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El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association
Formed in 1988, The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association is an association of local businesses committed to improving the physical and economic conditions along the El Cajon Boulevard corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods in Mid-City San Diego. The Boulevard membership includes over 1,000 small businesses. Its district encompasses 60 blocks along El Cajon Boulevard from Park Boulevard to Dayton Street, traversing the communities of University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge and City Heights.