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!
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.
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.
Latin Rhythms Lunchtime
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
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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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.