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    Alba Cuba Dance Weekly Classes

    MONDAYS
    MATURE LATIN MOVERS,  1300 - 1400

    This class is designed for the more mature dancer, with latin music, gentle aerobic exercises and energetic dance moves. A feelgood class for 50+ age range - a very popular class each term.  Book your place on this link to Dancebase.You should wear light low dance shoes (no heels),  jazz trainers or go barefoot.

    Level: All levels, no dance experience or partner needed
    Duration: 60 minutes (13 classes in total)
    When: Every Monday from 13 September - 6 December 2021, 1200-1300
    Where: Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1
    Cost: £140 for 13 week term. Also able to be booked on a drop in basis each week

    DANCE FIT, 1800-1855
    Join Cuban dance teacher Yamil Cuedo Ferrera for an easy and fun fitness class, using dance steps and gentle aerobic exercises.  You should wear light low dance shoes (no heels),  jazz trainers or go barefoot.  Bring plenty of water with you or buy a refreshing drink in the Santosa Cafe before the class begins.  No dance experience or partner required.  Suitable for all ages.  Book your place by emailing albacubadance@gmail.com

    Level: All levels, no dance experience or partner needed
    Duration: 55 minutes
    When: Every Monday from 13 September, 1800 - 1855
    Where: Santosa Wellness Centre, 21 Albert Street, Edinburgh EH7 5LH
    Cost: £8 per class*
    *£15 for both Dance Fit and Afro Cuban classes

    AFRO-CUBAN DANCE, 1900-1955
    This Afro- Cuban dance class is full of energy and vitality. Using full body movement, you will learn different Afro-Cuban rhythms and steps, including gaga, vodu and rumba, as well as some of the dances associated with the Yoruba saints.  Expect a full body workout and a new easy to follow routine each week. This class is usually taught barefoot, but if you prefer you can wear light low dance shoes (no heels) or jazz trainers. Bring plenty of water.
    Book your place by emailing albacubadance@gmail.com

    Level: All levels, no dance experience or partner needed
    Duration: 55 minutes
    When: Every Monday from 13 September, 1900 - 1955
    Where: Santosa Wellness Centre, 21 Albert Street, Edinburgh EH7 5LH
    Cost: £8 per class*
    *£15 for both Dance Fit and Afro Cuban classes

    TUESDAYS
    IMPROVERS SALSA CLASS with DJ, 1915-2045

    This course is ideal if you want to improve your Cuban style Salsa and get a good feel for the basics.  You will learn a new set of moves each week with the added bonus of a resident DJ to put on the best salsa music throughout your class.

    This course will teach you improvers level Cuban salsa moves and steps, all combined to produce easy dance choreography and routines. Focus is on controlled body movements, dancing on your own, ladies and mens styling as well as correct partner work technique. You will learn everything you need to know to salsa Cuban-style!  Due to current covid restrictions, this class is only available for 2 people booking and dancing together.

    Level: Improvers - intermediate.  Please note this is not a beginners class
    Duration: 60 minutes (13 classes in total)
    When: Every Tuesday from 14 September - 7 December 2021, 7.15 - 8.45pm
    Where: Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1.  Book your place with this link to Dancebase 
    Cost: £140 for 13 week term.  Also able to be booked on a drop in basis each week - ask Dancebase for details.

    THURSDAYS
    AFRO-CUBAN DANCE, 1900-2000
    This Afro- Cuban dance class is full of energy and vitality. Using full body movement, you will learn different Afro-Cuban rhythms and steps, including gaga, vodu and rumba, as well as some of the dances associated with the Yoruba saints.  Expect a full body workout and a new easy to follow routine each week. This class is usually taught barefoot, but if you prefer you can wear light low dance shoes (no heels) or jazz trainers. Bring plenty of water.

    Level: All levels, no dance experience or partner needed
    Duration: 60 minutes
    When: Every Thursday from 16 September - 9 December 2021
    Where: Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1.  Book your place with this link to Dancebase 
    Cost: £105 for full term. Also able to be booked on a drop in basis each week

    FRIDAYS

    CLUB CUBA, 2000-2300

    Join Yamil and Katy for these popular Friday evening club nights.  Entry to the club is free if you take a class.

    Salsa Beginners, 2000-2050, £6 on the night. This class is suitable for everyone at post-beginners (not absolute beginners) or improver level - you should be able to dance the basic salsa steps with confidence in order to join this level. You will learn the fundamental Cuban salsa moves and easy dance combinations.

    Salsa Improvers/Intermediate, 2100--2150, £6 on the night

    This class is ideal for more experienced Salsa dancers and for everyone who would like to improve their style, rhythm, leading/following technique.  Learn new steps and enjoy the Cuban vibe.

    RUEDA INTRO CLASS, 2200-2230, no cost

    Come and join our super fun RUEDA DE CASINO class, a synchronised salsa dance in a circle with the lead dancer calling out the moves.  This 30 minute session is suitable for everyone at improvers level or above - not for beginners. You will learn the basic Rueda dance moves and commands - fun factor guaranteed!

    SUNDAYS
    OUTDOORS DANCE IN THE PARK, 1700-1900
    Join Yamil and Katy outdoors for open level 60 minute dance classes from 5-7pm.  These classes are great fun and a great workout too.  Wear loose, comfortable clothes and make sure you have water to hand.

    Latin Fit 5-6pm  Expect a mix of latin music and a fun, energetic workout with moves from salsa, merengue, bachata and more! All welcome.
    Salsa Suelta 6-7pm This is salsa class focusing on partner work, leading/following, rhythm and style. Not for beginners!

    Level: Total beginner to experienced, all levels. No previous experience or partner required.

    Duration: 60 minutes

    When: Every week on Sunday in INVERLEITH PARK, by the area opposite the main entrance to the Botanic Gardens. Please book in advance using the following link:  SalsaFusionOutdoorsSunday - booking.

    Keep dancing and keep safe!

     

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    New beginners Salsa Course 6:30 pm
    New beginners Salsa Course @ Santosa Wellbeing Centre
    Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    New beginners Salsa Course @ Santosa Wellbeing Centre
    NEW BEGINNERS SALSA COURSE from Wednesday 18 August 2021 x 4 weeksThis course is ideal if you want to learn to dance Cuban style Salsa and get a good feel for the basics.  You will learn the key steps and rhythms, poise and balance and how to lead and follow. This course covers the fundamental Cuban …

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    Latin Fusion salsa classes 5:00 pm
    Latin Fusion salsa classes @ Inverleith Park Edinburgh
    Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Latin Fusion salsa classes @ Inverleith Park Edinburgh
    Details OUTDOOR  LATIN FUSION SALSA CLASSES EVERY SUNDAY AT 5 PM (WEATHER PERMITTING) IN INVERLEITH PARK Salsa,Samba, Merengue, Reggeaton, Cumbia, Kuduro, Bachata and much more… Great way to work out and have fun! In this all-level Latin Dance Fitness high energy class you will experience the authentic moves, sexy hip-action, shaking and shimming to 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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