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)?
Cuban 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
|Foundation 1||A. Salsa Basic Steps, frame, Merengue turns & leading/following basics||Complete Beginners|
|Foundation 2||A. Botala, Enchufla turns, closed position & intention/response||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 2||B. Enchufla variations, circular flow & using tension/release to create momentum||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 2||C. Dile que no & Guapea & Arriba/Abajo, learning to use your different frames||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 3||A. Grooving with it, Combining Foundation 2 steps & variations||All Foundation 2. classes|
|Foundation 3||B. Vacilala variations 1 to 3, giving intention, visual cues & independent movement||All Foundation 2. classes|
|Foundation 3||C. Vacilala variation 4 & Paseala, leading timing changes to expand vocabulary||Foundation 2. a. & c.|
|Foundation 3||D. Coca cola & en Rosca, reverse turns and their intention||All Foundation 2. classes|
|Foundation 3||E. Exhibela & Paseala por a trace, switching hands and continued momentum||Foundation 2. a. & c.|
|Improver 1||A. Setenta Variations 1 & cha cha cha styling||Foundation 3. a. & b.|
|Improver 1||B. Setental Variations 2 & Mambo Styling||Foundation 3. a. & b.|
|Improver 1||C. Sombrero Variations & Guaguanco styling||Foundation 3. c.|
|Improver 1||D. Baillamo Variations & Reggaeton styling||Foundation 3. c. & e.|
|Improver 1||E. Coca Cola Variations & Son styling||Foundation 3. d.|
|Improver 1||F. Exhibela Variations & Afro Styling||Foundation 3. e.|
|Improver 1||G. Guitara Variations, Paseala & Casino step||Foundation 3. a. & e.|
|Improver 1||H. Partele Brazo Variations & Manolito||Foundation 3. a.|
|Improver 1||I. Paseala por el salon variations, moving around the room & hip movement||Foundation 3. e.|
|Improver 1||J. Intermediate basics, revisiting your basic steps & turns to add styling and flair||Foundation 3. a.|
|Improver 2||4 week focus on more intermediate patterns with variations as well as styling, intermediate footwork, leading & following, musicality, self expression & posture||All Foundation 3 classes|
|Other||A. Rueda de Casino Basics||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Other||B. Rueda de Casino Intermediate||All Foundatio 2 classes & Rueda de Casino Basics|