Salsa and Cuban Dance Weekly Classes
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 April 2019
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 April 2019
Afro-Cuban dance classes, drop in or full term @ Dancebase, Grassmarket, general level.
18.30-19.30, Term starts April 2019. Contact www.dancebase.co.uk or call 0131 225 5525 to book
Salsa night in the Granary, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh. 19.30-21.30. Every Thursday throughout the year. Salsa class for one hour from 19.30 for beginners, from 20.30 for improvers+. £5 per class. Social dancing (£2 charge) until 23.30 with DJ Keef.
For more information on any of the above classes, contact 07872 314078, visit the Alba Cuba Dance facebook page or click on the calendar below.
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).
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 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.