Rahim Salsa

275 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON  K1S 5J3

Phone: 613-295-5038

Rahim Salsa

After several years of training & dancing salsa in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, as well as overseas in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Australia, Dubai and Europe, I realized something important was missing from the salsa scene of the country’s Capital: a weekly social event that could bring people of many walks of life together; to socialize; to have fun; and, to feel a sense of relief from their everyday life.

To achieve this, I decided to experiment with a Salsa social event on Sunday evenings at Amigos Sports Club on Merivale road. While my “mini project” lasted only for a few months, it provided me with a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the inevitable joys and challenges of planning for and organizing social events. Meanwhile, I became aware, through a friend of mine, that St. John's Parish Hall on Elgin Street had been recently renovated and available for social events. With a concrete proposal to present, I made my first contact with the Church’s facility manager, which then led to securing the necessary approvals by the Father and the Bishop. And yes, this was the beginning of my journey to the world of social salsa. Next with the help of a few of my friends, who shared my passion for salsa and community work, I officially started the first Rahim’s Salsa Friday on October 12, 2007.

It has been eight years since that very first event in 2007, and not only has this event slowed down, but it has evolved into what is now much bigger and better than what I had originally imagined, with the hundreds of new faces joining the event weekly to meet, to dance and to share their joy and remarkable moments with the rest of us. So far, 500 Salsa parties have been held, with over 50,000 people from Ottawa and other part of the world joining the party in these past years.

Building on the successes and lessons-learned from Rahim’s Salsa Friday, three years ago, I also initiated weekly Sunday Salsa at Amigos Sports Bar on Merivale road, where nearly 100 salsa dancers join us to get their last salsa bit of the week.

I have been undertaking this challenge as an evening hobby after I finish a full of day of work in my day job. And yes, it has not been easy, but what has been my most important driver to continue has been the role that this and other similar events play in ensuring the health & well-being of our community and city. To this end, I am very pleased to see that Rahim’s Salsa Friday has become a true community effort, with an annual charity event devoted to local organizations such as Ottawa Food Bank & CHEO .

As I continue through this journey, my vision for the future is to further build on the successes of this fun event; to expand on its community potentials; and, to put Ottawa on the map for international tourists to visit. These I am hoping to achieve through our first Ottawa Salsa Convention that is being planned for Summer 2016 right in the heart of Lansdowne Park in Horticulture Building.
July 29th, 39th, 31st, 2016 .
Stay tuned for more details .
http://ottawasalsaconvention.ca
www.rahimsalsa.com


We aim to provide a release from day to day work, escape into vibrant salsa sounds,a place to make new friends and meet old ones and a sense of achievement

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Price Range: (0-10)
Parking: Street

Categories: Dance Instruction, DJ

Hours

Fri: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am



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Past Events

Welcome to Ottawa's 3rd Annual Salsa Convention Nov 9 to 11,2018

Welcome to Ottawa's 3rd Annual Salsa Convention Nov 9 to 11,2018
06:00 pm - 09 November 2018

At Rahim Salsa

Welcome to the third annual Ottawa Salsa Convention! OSC2018 is proud and excited to bring this year’s event to one of the most iconic and historic venues in...

OSC Promotional Social at Westboro Beach Cafe Sunday July 17

OSC Promotional Social at Westboro Beach Cafe Sunday July 17
06:00 pm - 17 July 2017

At Rahim Salsa

Join us to promote Ottawa's 2nd Annual Salsa Convention 2017 to Westboro Beach Community & all residents of Hintonburg ( neighbourhood in Kitchissippi Ward ) , Westend...

Welcome to Rahims Pre-Canada 150th Birthday Day Salsa Bash . Friday June 30th.

Welcome to Rahims Pre-Canada 150th Birthday Day Salsa Bash . Friday June 30th.
08:00 am - 30 June 2017

At Rahim Salsa

Let's celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday on Friday June 30th Red is in style !! Bachata workshop by Marc Rosario 8 pm Music DJ Chris Feist 9 pm - 1 am Cover...

Rahims May 12th,Salsa workshop by Luc Music by DJ Chris Feist

Rahims May 12th,Salsa workshop by Luc Music by DJ Chris Feist
08:00 pm - 12 May 2017

At Rahim Salsa

We aim to provide a release from day to day work, escape into vibrant salsa sounds, a place to make new friends and meet old ones and a sense of achievement, but...

Rahim Monthly Kizomba Social Friday April 28 Music by DJ Sirenn

Rahim Monthly Kizomba Social Friday April 28 Music by DJ Sirenn
09:00 pm - 28 April 2017

At Rahim Salsa

March 31st , its the last Friday of the month ! it's Kizomba room for all Kizomba lovers Cover : $10 includes one hour workshop & two socials 275 Elgin St....

Rahims Monthly Kizomba Party Friday Feb 24th Music by DJ Sirenn

Rahims Monthly Kizomba Party Friday Feb 24th Music by DJ Sirenn
09:00 pm - 24 February 2017

At Rahim Salsa

It's the last Friday of the month ! it's Rahims Monthly Kizomba Social right in the chapel room Kizomba by DJ SIRENN ( 9 pm - 12:30 am ) Salsa / Bachata / Cha...

AMIGOS SALSA LOVE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH

AMIGOS SALSA LOVE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH
08:00 pm - 19 February 2017

At Rahim Salsa

"Roses are red, violets are blue, No one can make my heart flutter like you. You make me smile, you make me flush, I cant deny I have a secret crush. It’s...

Amigos Salsa Sunday Jan 22nd . Musical Guest DJ Luis

Amigos Salsa Sunday Jan 22nd . Musical Guest DJ Luis
07:30 pm - 22 January 2017

At Rahim Salsa

Amigos Salsa Sunday invites all dancers to come and enjoy this classical Sunday salsa social where the emphasis is on pure music, fun and unbridled salsa, bachata...

Amigos Salsa Sunday January 15th, Music by D J-Squared

Amigos Salsa Sunday January 15th, Music by D J-Squared
07:30 pm - 15 January 2017

At Rahim Salsa

Amigos Salsa Sunday invites all dancers to come and enjoy this classical Sunday salsa social where the emphasis is on pure music, fun and unbridled salsa, bachata...

Amigos Salsa Sunday January 8th , Music by DJ Luis

Amigos Salsa Sunday January 8th , Music by DJ Luis
07:30 pm - 08 January 2017

At Rahim Salsa

Amigos Salsa Sunday invites all dancers to come and enjoy this classical Sunday salsa social where the emphasis is on pure music, fun and unbridled salsa, bachata...

Rahims Jan6th,Salsa workshop by Studio X,Music DJ Darnell Cruz

Rahims Jan6th,Salsa workshop by Studio X,Music DJ Darnell Cruz
08:00 pm - 06 January 2017

At Rahim Salsa

We aim to provide a release from day to day work, escape into vibrant salsa sounds, a place to make new friends and meet old ones and a sense of achievement, but...

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