Alba Cuba Dance Weekly Classes
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and lockdown restrictions, we have a limited number of outdoor and online classes.
Fridays Dance in the Park
5-6pm Warriston playing field, off Inverleith Row between Eildon Street and Warriston Crescent. A fun drop in class suitable for all ages and levels.
£5 per class. To secure your place please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and pay in cash, or book and pay on this link:
This is a drop in class, no experience or partner required. Socially distanced with plenty of room to move. Enjoy the space and fresh air, the contagious latino music, the fun steps and routines and enjoying moving to the Cuban groove with our very own Cuban dance teacher Yamil! Easy to follow routines, so don't worry if you have not done many dance classes before. ALL WELCOME.
Sundays: outdoor classes in Inverleith Park
Latin Movers, 5-6pm and Salsa Partner Class 6-7pm
Please make sure you book in advance as numbers are limited! The cost is £5 per person and the classes are taught by Yamil and Katy.
BOOKING: to confirm your place get in touch with your name, email and which class you would like to join on https://bookwhen.com/movebody
SALSA BEGINNERS 6 WEEK COURSE
New dates to be confirmed
This 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 salsa moves: basic steps, basic turns, dile que no, guapea, enchufla variations, rumba, caminala, sacala, vacila, vacilala, vacilense combined to produce easy dance combinations. Focus is on controlled body movements, dancing on your own, ladies & mens styling as well as correct partner work technique. You will learn everything you need to know to start to salsa Cuban-style!
Level: Beginners (If you are not a beginner you are also welcome, especially if you want to revise your steps and moves)
Duration: 60 minutes (6 classes in total)
When: to be confirmed
FREE recording available from every class! In order to improve your learning experience, there will be a recording available for you from every class. So no problem if you miss a class - you can catch up in your own time and watch the video as often as you wish!
To book your place, click on the following link:
BeginnersSalsa - booking
Keep dancing in your heart and at home and keep safe!
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.