Cuban Salsa (Casino)

Scroll down for class descriptions! Click here to check out the schedule for current classes For prices click here. Location: Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford St, 2nd floor, Halifax, NS, (Entrance is on the side of the building on Bayers Rd.) We have new sessions starting every 6 weeks!

What is Cuban Salsa (also called Casino)?

IMG_3503Cuban Salsa is a type of Salsa from Cuba that is danced all over the world in Salsa clubs in an improvised style. The Cuban Salsa is a more relaxed style and more suitable for social dancing that the more widely known LA Salsa Style, it is danced with a lower center of gravity which enhanced the hip movements naturally and is danced in a circular motion. Because in this style there is less spinning and more walking style steps, Cuban Salsa is accessible to all ages and abilities and is easier to dance on a crowded dance floor! This style is fun, smooth, intimate, surprising. With our help you will be able to take your first moves on the dance floor in no time, but for the dance lovers, it is also the most challenging style to master, as Cuban Salsa masters integrates many other Cuban dances and Afro-Cuban body movements in their dancing, also putting a big emphasis on musicality, rhythm, and smooth leading/following skills, so there is always more to learn! 

 

Cuban Salsa Fundamentals 1 & 2
The Fundamentals class will introduce you to the wonderful world of Cuban Salsa dancing and is suitable for complete beginners. In this class you will learn your salsa foundation steps and patterns. After these 2 sessions you will be able to do your first steps on the salsa dance floor with confidence and have enough moves to dance a whole song.

In the Fundamentals class you will learn the Cuban basic steps and how to incorporate some Latin flavour! You will also learn basic Leading/Following technique as well as your first basic moves and foundation turn patterns of any good Cuban Salsa dancer. And of course we will teach you about the rhythm, body movement, musicality and much more!

Click on the link below for a complete list of the Fundamentals steps and moves, as well as the videos below that show what we teach at a Fundamentals level:

Cuban Salsa Fundamentals 1 & 2 Moves List

 

Cuban Salsa Essentials 1
The Essentials 1 class will build on the Fundamentals by learning exciting combinations and patterns based on the Fundamental steps, but also adding new and exciting steps, patterns and shines. Taking this class will give you a good handle on Cuban Salsa dancing, give you lots of pattern options and teach you how to improvise with them on the dace floor, but not forgetting to deepen your knowledge of rhythm, body movement, musicality and much more! This is an ongoing class where you can drop-in for a few classes or take for a long time, we will always be teaching something slightly different with the theme changing every 6 weeks, but always accessible to salsa dancers with limited experience. To register in this level you will need to have taken the Fundamental class, or have previous salsa dancing experience (in any style, although we recommend you start at Fundamentals 2 if you are coming from another style.) Join us for a fun challenging class! (We ask students to take classes in this level for about one year before moving on the the Essentials 2 level, but your ability to learn and practice will really determine how long you stay in this level)

Click on the link below for a complete list of the Essentials 1 steps, moves and combos:

Cuban Salsa Essentials 1 Moves List

 

Cuban Salsa Essentials 2
The Essentials 2 class will build on the Fundamentals and Essentials 1 class, get ready for exciting more advanced combinations and patterns, you now have the foundation and have clocked the practice time needed to become a good Cuban Salsa dancer and this class is the ticket to get you there. We will also work on different walks and footwork to make your dancing between combinations more interesting. Now that your foundation is strong we can concentrate on learning more intermediate and advanced patterns, not forgetting to deepen your knowledge of rhythm, body movement, musicality and much more!

Click on the link below for a complete list of the Essentials 1 steps, moves and combos:

Cuban Salsa Essentials 2 Moves List

 

What is Rueda de Casino Casino?
Rueda de Casino, is Cuban Salsa danced in a circle with several couples. A designated caller calls moves that all the couples execute in sinc, often changing partners. It’s, fun challenging and a great way to get more comfortable with the basics of Cuban Salsa. Because Rueda de Casino is based on Cuban Salsa steps, we highly suggest that you learn Cuban Salsa before trying out Rueda de Casino.

 

Intro to Rueda de Casino
In this class you will learn the basics of how a Rueda de Casino works. We will look at the basics of the closed position as well as the open position, using the moves you will learn in the Cuban Salsa class. 

Click on the link below for a complete list of Rueda de Casino steps and moves:

Cuban Salsa Rueda de Casino moves