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Cuban Dance Weekly Classes

 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, all classes are currently cancelled until further notice.

Keep dancing in your heart and at home and keep safe!

MONDAYS

Mature Latin Movers @ Dancebase, Grassmarket venue, suitable for anyone aged 50+.

12.00-13.00, drop in class £7

Contact www.dancebase.co.uk  or call 0131 225 5525 to book. Term starts Jan 2020.

TUESDAYS

Cuban Salsa Beginners and Improvers @ Dancebase, Grassmarket venue.
17.30-18.30 Beginners/18.30-19.30 Improvers.  Contact www.dancebase.co.uk  or call 0131 225 5525 to book. Term starts Jan 2020.

WEDNESDAYS

Latin Rhythms Lunchtime

 
Your tutor is Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, a professional Cuban dancer and dance teacher and formerly a lead dancer with Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, one of Cuba's top dance and music companies. All welcome and no need for any previous experience!
 
Cost for 8 weeks is £50 (£40 for students with a valid student card).
Description : This Latin Rhythms lunchtime course provides gentle aerobic dance sessions which will leave you feeling fitter and healthier each week. By the end of the 8 weeks you will not only know how to dance to different Latin rhythms but will be able to create your own short dance routines. Music will include Latin rhythms such as salsa, merengue, chachacha, reggaeton,cumbia and mor. Wear comfortable clothing and flat dance shoes or other footwear with a low or no heel.
 
Taught by Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, a professional Cuban dancer and dance tutor who has been based in Edinburgh since 2009. He originally comes from Santiago de Cuba where the tradition of Cuban and Caribbean rhythms is still very much alive. His characteristic energy and encouragement will have you dancing in no time at all! No need for a partner and no previous experience required. All welcome!
 
Cost : £50 for 8 Weeks
Location:Alba Flamenca Dance Studio & Venue
Time: 12:00 To 13:00 p.m
Afro-Cuban conditioning dance course
Description
This course will provide a full body technical workout accompanied by strong Afro-Cuban rhythms. Dancing to rhythmic Afro-Cuban music, each week the class will build on the moves learned in previous weeks and will focus on building confidence in a range of movements based on Afro-Cuban dances. Starting with stretches and warm up moves, the class will progress to more energetic but fluid movements. The classes are taught barefoot but you can wear flat dance shoes if you prefer. Water will be provided at the venue and no need for a partner.
 
Your tutor is Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, a professional Cuban dancer and dance teacher and formerly a lead dancer with Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, one of Cuba's top dance and music companies. All welcome and no need for any previous experience!
 
Cost for 8 weeks is £50 (£40 for students with a valid student card).
Time : 13:00 To 14:00

 

THURSDAYS

Afro-Cuban dance classes, drop in or full term @ Dancebase, Grassmarket, general level.
18.30-19.30,  Term starts Jan 2020. Contact www.dancebase.co.uk  or call 0131 225 5525 to book

FRIDAYS

Cuban Son and Salsa at Club Cuba, 3 Queensferry Street Lane, EH2 4PF.  8-10pm, followed by social dancing and party till late!

TOTAL BEGINNERS CUBAN SON

8 weeks, 31 Dec - 20 March 2020 £50 pp. 8-9pm

!! NEW!! Learn how to dance Cuban son, the sensuous and smooth traditional Cuban dance stemming from eastern Cuba.  If you are familiar with the  music of the Buena Vista Social Club, you have already listened to Son music.  Cuban Son provide the roots of salsa, and you can learn how to move and savour the elegant cadence of Son with Yamil who comes from Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the style of music.

The rhythm, steps, movement and poise is totally different in Son from salsa and step by step you will learn how to move like a Cuban.  No partner required, just come along and enjoy the classes! 8-9pm.  31  Jan - 20 March 2020.

CUBAN SALSA ADVANCED LEVEL

31 Jan - 20 March 2020, 9-10pm.  £50 pp.

These classes are designed for dancers who already know all of the elementary and improver moves such as 70, 72 and enchuflas and can dance longer sequences already.  In this course the focus is on learning longer combinations of dance moves.  Also how to improvise and interpret the music, how to mix different Cuban genres such as salsa with mambo/rumba/orishas and more.  You will learn how to lead and follow like a Cuban, and how to be a confident and creative dancer in Cuban salsa.

No partner required, but please note this is not a beginner/improver level course, but is aimed at more advanced salsa dancers.  Upper intermediate/advanced level course x 8 weeks.

For more information on any of the above Cuban dance classes, contact 07872 31407 or visit the Alba Cuba Dance facebook page.

 

 


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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Stay at Home Salsa class Online 5:30 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class Online @ Castle view
May 12 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 28 @ 6:15 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class: 45 minutesIn this class, Yamil will be teaching and revising all the basic salsa steps, with a focus on timing, body balance and styling. Suitable for all levels and ages – ideal for learning how to dance salsa and for polishing up what you may already know.  The key to …

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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Stay at Home Salsa class Online 5:30 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class Online @ Castle view
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 4 @ 6:15 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class: 45 minutesIn this class, Yamil will be teaching and revising all the basic salsa steps, with a focus on timing, body balance and styling. Suitable for all levels and ages – ideal for learning how to dance salsa and for polishing up what you may already know.  The key to …

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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Stay at Home Salsa class Online 5:30 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class Online @ Castle view
May 26 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 11 @ 6:15 pm
Stay at Home Salsa class: 45 minutesIn this class, Yamil will be teaching and revising all the basic salsa steps, with a focus on timing, body balance and styling. Suitable for all levels and ages – ideal for learning how to dance salsa and for polishing up what you may already know.  The key to …

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Online dance classes 5:30 pm
Online dance classes @ Castle View
May 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Latin Movers Workout: 45 minutes These online dance classes are suitable for all levels and ages and will provide a good and easy overall body workout to the wonderful sounds of Latin and Caribbean rhythms.  Your teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, will explain every step and move first, with some practice before we dance with the …

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Cuban Dance Classes

 

AlbaCubaDance lead teacher, Yamil Cuedo Ferrera, primarily teaches Cuban dance classes for Salsa, Rueda de Casino and other Caribbean/Latin styles at weekly classes to suit all levels. Below are descriptions of the dance styles, as well as timings for our regular Cuban dance classes (see foot of page for details of weekly classes).

Salsa

Cuban salsa is characterised by fluid moves, full body movements and a great sense of fun. It is often referred to as casino. Both partners are on the move constantly, dancing with and around each other, sharing the same space, dancing as one in a flowing pattern of turns and steps.  With AlbaCubaDance classes and workshops, you can learn the basics, build up your confidence and, importantly, have fun!

Rueda de Casino

is salsa danced in a circle, with one lead person calling out the moves to be danced by everyone at exactly the same time. It is like synchronised salsa, with partners being swopped constantly – great fun and very sociable.

Afro-Cuban

Afro-Cuban dance and rhythms stem from the slaves who were brought to Cuba mainly from West Africa and who managed to keep their traditions alive through dance, music and song. Strong, expressive and energetic, this style of dance is characterised by full body movements with shoulder and chest undulations, repetitive step patterns and bold but fluid moves.  Afro-Cuban music is poly-rhythmic  and driven by drums, voice and percussion.  Many of the best known dances and music reflects the type of work that the African slaves did when they were brought to Cuba, such as cutting sugar cane, whilst others are characterised by traditional festive dances and music which remain faithful to their original roots.

 

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