Club Azucar, located in the Forum, an elegant establishment at 146 S.
Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale (info: 408 739-5000) had a magnificent grand opening on
February 28 for salsa dancing on Thursday nights. The promoters, Mitchel
Ramos and Dave Reyes, developed a salsa opening night program using
dance instructors Michelle and Carlos from 7:15-9:45 PM, two salsa bands
(Orquesta Borinquen and Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor) and a
According to the
establishment’s general manager, total credit must be given to the promoters
Ramos and Reyes for turning out 600-plus salseros that night.
Enthusiastic salseros came from Santa Cruz, San Jose, the Peninsula, North Bay
and East Bay. Club Azucar handles their clientele with graciousness. The
Sunnyvale downtown area provides ample illuminated free parking.
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opening night Orquesta Borinquen started this South Bay happening with
their raw, hot New York style of salsa. Bill Ortega, the
bandleader, said in an understatement, “ We are opening and closing hot
tonight.” He did just that, and the dance action became flashy and even hotter
as fierce competition between the dance couples amazed everyone. The salseros
and the visiting dance instructors put on a show that would make many dance
competitions look tame. What a remarkable, one-of-a-kind performance by the
dancers! During changing of the bands, the Rumba Rumberos Dance Company
put on a quick show.
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Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor
closed the evening (midnight –1:45 AM) with his contemporary salsa hits,
merengue, cumbia, boleros and traditional classics. Julio’s romantic
interpretations and distinctive style are the band’s trademarks. Yes, the band
was very smooth and salseros enjoyed the change in the band’s pace and music
style, allowing dancers to express eloquence and grace.
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DJs Tony ‘O’, Joe Felicano, and
Jean Carlos provided salsa music during program events. Also, rock music was
featured in the sound enclosed dance area on the second floor.
Azucar will meet
the needs of the South Bay salseros where people can dress in beauty, elegance
and style. Some years back the professional Latin women said that they wanted to
upgrade from office wear to evening dress in a return to elegance and personal
expression. Bravo! To me it's called class, tradition, culture and
pride. On opening night the promoters lowered the dress code to accommodate the
many people coming long distances. Unfortunately, the temporary dress-down
saw men come a bit too casual and many women wore tacky pants. In the future the
dress code for men’s jackets and women dresses will be enforced.
ago, The Palace was the most elegant salsa club in Northern California. The
promoters are determined to continue in that style with the new Club Azucar.
The SFClubs Company purchased The Palace dinner establishment in July 2001
and made major improvements. A key change was to reduce seating capacity in
order to provide more dancing space and mingling room. Also, dinner service is
from 6:00 – 10:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and to catered events.
SL Corchado “Vicente” Text and
Photos March 2002
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