Cuban Salsa

Cuban Salsa (Casino), Rueda de Casino, Kizomba & Urban Kiz Classes in Halifax

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 4 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!  Below is the class options, typically there are always a minimum of 3 level of kizomba classes running each monthly session, so there is always something for every level of dancer. See the Schedule for the current schedule. Below is the way the learning system works at Free to Move, everyone starts with the Foundation 1 class to learn the basic steps and then, you can take any of the Foundation 2 classes in any order (we recommend taking all of them if possible before moving on to Foundation 3, but there are a few options that only require some f the Foundation 2 classes) Then you take any of the Foundation 3 classes in any order again and for these we recommend you take each of them more than once before moving on to Improver 1. The overall program is progressive, but each 4 week session focuses on different moves, skills, steps and concepts that are more or less independent from each other. Because be believe that perfect practice makes perfect, we highly recommend considering to take our unlimited passes, which if you get 6 months or more give you a really good deal. Taking more than one class within your level ability, including redoing classes is super useful to you becoming comfortable enough with the material to be able to use it socially and really start having fun dancing.

Free to Move Cuban Salsa New class breakdown

LevelSub LevelPrerequisite
Foundation 1A. Salsa Basic Steps, frame, Merengue turns & leading/following basicsComplete Beginners
Foundation 2A. Botala, Enchufla turns, closed position & intention/responseFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 2B. Enchufla variations, circular flow & using tension/release to create momentumFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 2C. Dile que no & Guapea & Arriba/Abajo, learning to use your different framesFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 3A. Grooving with it, Combining Foundation 2 steps & variationsAll Foundation 2. classes
Foundation 3B. Vacilala variations 1 to 3, giving intention, visual cues & independent movementAll Foundation 2. classes
Foundation 3C. Vacilala variation 4 & Paseala, leading timing changes to expand vocabularyFoundation 2. a. & c.
Foundation 3D. Coca cola & en Rosca, reverse turns and their intentionAll Foundation 2. classes
Foundation 3E. Exhibela & Paseala por a trace, switching hands and continued momentumFoundation 2. a. & c.
Improver 1A. Setenta Variations 1 & cha cha cha stylingFoundation 3. a. & b.
Improver 1B. Setental Variations 2 & Mambo StylingFoundation 3. a. & b.
Improver 1C. Sombrero Variations & Guaguanco stylingFoundation 3. c.
Improver 1D. Baillamo Variations & Reggaeton stylingFoundation 3. c. & e.
Improver 1E. Coca Cola Variations & Son stylingFoundation 3. d.
Improver 1F. Exhibela Variations & Afro StylingFoundation 3. e.
Improver 1G. Guitara Variations, Paseala & Casino stepFoundation 3. a. & e.
Improver 1H. Partele Brazo Variations & ManolitoFoundation 3. a.
Improver 1I. Paseala por el salon variations, moving around the room & hip movementFoundation 3. e.
Improver 1J. Intermediate basics, revisiting your basic steps & turns to add styling and flairFoundation 3. a.
Improver 24 week focus on more intermediate patterns with variations as well as styling, intermediate footwork, leading & following, musicality, self expression & postureAll Foundation 3 classes
OtherA. Rueda de Casino BasicsAll Foundation 2 classes
OtherB. Rueda de Casino IntermediateAll Foundatio 2 classes & Rueda de Casino Basics