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about Christine

My name is Christine, but long story short, most people call me “Kinki” (don’t even go there. Nothing to do with the infamous definition of “kinky.”) My parents come from Mexico, and I was born in Ventura, California. After graduating high school, I moved to the Los Angeles area to study at California State University, Northridge, from where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Studio Art.

I have a great love for the arts, whether it be dance, studio art, music, photography, and film, just to name a few. I have been in hip hop, salsa and bachata dance teams in the past, so I guess that can tell you that I absolutely love dancing ‘til my legs give out.

The word “unique” can be looked at in a variety of different ways: scientifically speaking, physically, mentally, etc.; and when someone asks me what makes me unique, well, let me warn you that I can talk for days because I bounce back and forth from one story to another and then I remember something funny so I’ll bring that up to (hopefully) make you laugh, but then I see someone pass by with carrot cake so I begin talking about how much I love bread. Yes, I have a short attention span, kind of. Ok, maybe more like ADHD. However, I don’t see it as a bad thing and love to demonstrate to people that anything you set your mind to, is possible. It doesn’t matter who or “what” you are. As long as you have motivation and passion, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.


Let’s Get Ready to Party!

The fall season has arrived, winter is approaching, and that means … sweater season! Cuddle weather! Hot chocolate! Ok, ok I’ll stop and get to the point already.

I am super excited to announce that, most importantly, this time of the year means that worldwide known DJs and salsa and bachata dancers are coming together again for the Amsterdam International Salsa Festival!!! That’s right, next week, this very anticipated event
will be back in town from November 2nd to November 5th and it is an event you don’t want to be left out of!

With over sixty workshops, four different parties, five dance areas, and amazing showcases, the Amsterdam International Salsa Festival is coming back better than ever! What better way to fight off the cold than by dancing to the sounds of congas, bongos, maracas, and trombones (to name a few). Not only that, but you will also be listening to the sounds of different guitars because bachata will be incorporated into the festival as well! Seriously, what more can you ask for?!

For over sixteen years, Extremos Salsa & Bachata Dance School has never disappointed when bringing the Amsterdam International Salsa Festival and I am more than certain that this year will be another big hit! We from Latin Hotspot will also be present at the festival.. WHATTTT!!! Yes, I’m telling you. We will be there promoting a new feature of our website.. Did I peak your interest? Our new feature is:
Drumrolll…… Rating events

Just think, “what would life be like, without a little salsa?”
rate the Festival.

Ahora se habla Español

Like J Balvin says, “¿Y dónde está mi gente?” …. que habla español! That’s right, Latin HotSpot has great news for all you spanish speakers (and those who want to improve their spanish speaking skills).

As of Sunday, October 8, Latin Hotspot is about to make a change to the website. We will now have text in … * Drumrol *


(this is the part where you imagine a crowd cheering with a round of applause)

We are very excited to present to you this new feature, and hope you are to! So please share share share! Tell your mom, your tia, la suegra, and everyone! Oh, and we also… just kidding. I can’t tell you the other news right now, which is why you need to stay posted for the upcoming article..

Llanto por “La Isla del Encanto”

Most of you should be aware already of all the natural disasters that have been occurring lately throughout the world. These past days, Puerto Rico, “La Isla del Encanto,” was heavily hit by Hurricane Maria, leaving the island and its surrounding areas completely devastated. This has not only affected the residents and friends/family members of those, but it has hit home to many Puerto Rican artists.

These past days, social media has been filled with publications in relations to the natural disasters that have been occurring. After the hurricane’s hit to the tropical island, Puerto Rico was left without power/communication, and Puerto Rican artists were not able to hold back their emotions. Among these artists are Nicky Jam, Wisin, Yandel, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Tito El Bambino and Ricky Martin, which all have contributed with donations for the cause. This past weekend, reggaeton artist, Daddy Yankee, had a concert in New York and he took advantage of his concert to ask fans to bring donations to the concert. With so many people contributing, he successfully filled up four large trucks with donations to head out to Puerto Rico.

Latin pop artists, Luis Fonsi also demonstrated his sympathy this weekend and broke down in tears during his concert in Florida. Mattie J.T. Sthepanek once said,
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” On this #TipTuesday, I want to close out with this quote to encourage everyone to unite as one and help out in whatever way possible. I don’t just mean for this catastrophe, but in general, lend a helping hand to whoever you can and however you can. In moments like these, ANYTHING helps! Whether it’s clothes, food, money, blankets, first aid kits, feminine products, towels,
hygiene care… ANYTHING will make a difference to these victims. You never know when you might need a helping hand from someone else…

Some links, but not limited to, where you can contribute with donations:
Direct Relief
Red Cross
Charity Navigator: Charity
Donations for Mexico: Google
Ricky Martin for Puerto Rico: You Caring
Unidos por Puerto Rico (government site): Unidos por Puerto Rico

Be Safe! Take Note

As positive as I would like to be today, I can’t help but to point out what has been occurring lately in today’s world. Unfortunately, these past days have been filled with tragic news of natural disasters occurring in the world, some, resulting in deaths. It is important that we are all prepared for inevitable things like this which is why I have decided to focus today’s #TipTuesday on this topic. (more…)

Yo te Recuerdo, Juan Gabriel

Last Monday, August 28, 2017, marked one year that Juan Gabriel passed away. Alberto Aguilera Valadez, most commonly known as “Juan Gabriel” and dubbed “El Divo de Juarez,” was not only one of the best composers in the Latin music industry, but a great artist overall.