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New Spanish Dance Suppliers

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Four months have passed since my recent trip to Barcelona and my wonderful vacation that turned into a very productive business trip. The fruits of my labor with two important new dance suppliers Happy Dance and Menkes have now been sewn.

We have received two shipments from Happy Dance with a third due in early August and at long last our delivery from Menkes. We just received three new styles of Flamenco shoes including an exquisite new black suede lace-up style called Cale, a cuban heel double strap style that comes in a wide width named Alegria and an economy option called Marta.

Click below to see all of the new Spanish dance products from Happy Dance and Menkes:




Meet Our Business Friends — Le Couturier House of Alterations

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Dick Robaisson is the owner of Le Couturier House of Alterations, 550 Mass. Avenue, 2nd Floor in Cambridge, MA. He began his entrepreneurship as a tailor working in his home town of Petionville, a suburb of Port au Prince, Haiti at the age of 13 under the tutelage of his father. He moved to the U.S.  in 1989 where he worked at Frank the Tailor, Pacifici in Boston, Bloomingdales and Ermenegildo Zegna on Newbury St. before opening up his own shop there in 2003. He moved to Central Square in November of 2008. We are privileged to have Dick next door to us because he specializes in custom alterations, wedding gowns and quality tailoring. His staff of 4 to 5 part time employees serves the Harvard and MIT communities as well as clients from Connecticut and New Hampshire. His great work, excellent sense of clothing, competitive pricing and superb fitting and experience has earned him great reviews on Yelp as well as well-deserved recognition in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian and Best of Boston.

His shop hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays closed in July and August and closed on Sundays. He can be reached at 617-497-1258, lecouturier@comcast.net or on the web at lecouturierma.com
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Teddy Shoes 60 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues

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Teddy Shoes opened its doors in April of 1957. Much has transpired throughout our 60 year history. My father Theodore ( AKA Teddy ) began the business after completing a mangement trainee program at Filene’s Basement in downtown Boston. With an $11,000 investment and an obligation from his parents to pay rent only if he was able to make money, the legacy of Teddy Shoes began. At one time in its existence, there were 16 different shoe stores that were competing with Teddy Shoes. What enabled the business to survive and actually thrive were the connections Ted had with the factories that would provide closeouts and seconds that provided the latest fashions to our clients at a fraction of the prices our competitors were charging.

In August of 1978, the business had three locations — Cambridge, Somerville and Watertown. His son, Steve had just finished his first year out of college working as an assistant food service manger at the Univeristy of Miami in Coral Gables, FL working 70 hours a week. Ted made his son a proposition to join the family business, and as they say, the rest is history.

In 1993, the nature of the business changed as factory seconds dried up, and competition became more keen. Steve decided to develop a niche business by focusing on dance shoes and apparel. The family-run business has morphed from a busy three store operation into a single location dance enterprise that serves the greater Boston metroplitan community.

As part of our celebration for our 60 year anniversary, this month we will be offering $6 shoes to our clients. All sales are final; only selected styles and styles are available. Layaways are exluded, cash is preferred and offer expires July 31.

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Come celebrate Rumba y Timbal on their 10 Year Anniversary Party!

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Roberto Figueroa is the Artistic Director of Rumba y Timbal Dance Studio. He is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his dance school and is hosting a party on Saturday June 3 between 4 to 11 p.m. at 7 Temple St. Cambridge, MA. 02139. We have known Roberto for many years and are delighted to promote this great celebration. Please visit his Facebook page for more information — https://www.facebook.com/events/1251535708298875/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A201043239915115%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A201043239915115%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Below please find the interesting bio of Roberto and his development of his professional career:

Roberto Figueroa was born and raised in El Salvador. As a young child he was strongly influenced by his mother’s passion for Cumbia-a traditional El Salvadorian dance. Eventually Roberto’s growing passion for dance led him to be involved with several folkloric dance teams in El Salvador. In April of 2002, Roberto moved to Boston to pursue his engineering career. He began to explore the Boston Salsa scene and soon fell in love with the world of salsa, as it reminds him of his life and culture back in El Salvador. Shortly after, he was offered a position of Latin Artistic Director for Jam’nastics, a position he held for several years. He has now taken his passion for dance one step further with the start of his own company founded in the spring of 2007. As Artistic Director of Rumba y Timbal Dance Company, Roberto has the opportunity and great pleasure of sharing his culture and love of dance with the communities of the greater Boston area. As a professional dancer and teacher, he enjoys performing in and teaching at workshops and congresses all over the United States, Canada, and El Salvador.