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Cuban Salsa

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

What is Cuban Salsa (Casino) and Why You Should Learn It!

What is Cuban Salsa (also called Casino)?

Cuban Salsa (it’s original name is Casino as the term salsa when referring to Latin style dancing was coined in the United States) is a type of Salsa from Cuba that is danced all over the world in Salsa clubs in an improvised style. Cuban salsa started in the 1950s from influences from traditional Cuban dances Like Rumba Guaguaco and Cuban Son. Cuban Salsa is a relaxed style of salsa truly invented for social dancing. It’s fast paced, with lots of complex footwork, hip and body movements, and turn patterns that allow for lots of musicality and creativity. It is danced in a circular motion creating a flow and connection between the partners. 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. Why Should You Take Classes? (And Why Take Them With Us) First of all I will say that no matter if it’s Cuban Salsa, flying a plane, learning how to draw or singing in a choir, try things, do things that make you happy, pursue things that you are passionate about because life is meant to be lived fully. (Check out the Current Class Schedule) Secondly If you like Latin Culture, Salsa dancing, or are curious to try it, do try it! At Free to Move you are in good hands, Brigitte has been dancing Salsa for 14 years and teaching for 8 years. She is passionate about teaching and is always bettering herself  training with different Cuban teachers for the last 14 years. Because she learned to dance as an adult she understands how a beginner feels and she is very patient with them, and she also knows how to break things down to help you understand the movements and steps. So the classes are challenging but also fun and you will feel welcome and like you are learning and understanding every class more and more. She focuses on giving you a good foundation which allows you to dance with everyone, to feel comfortable no matter if you are dancing in Halifax, Paris or Cuba. Just be aware that yes everyone can learn how to dance, but it is a skill and any skill takes practice and effort to learn, so also give yourself time to learn. Typically to start getting comfortable enough to social dance, it takes most people about 6 months of classes The way the learning system works at Free to Move, everyone starts with the Foundation 1 then 2 and 3 class to learn the basic steps, turns and patterns before moving on to Improver. 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 we believe that perfect practice makes perfect, taking more than one class within your level ability, including redoing classes is very useful to gaining the body memory of the material so that you become comfortable on the social dance floor.    

New Cuban Salsa class breakdown - Free to Move.xlsx

LevelSub LevelPrerequisite
Foundation 1Salsa Basic Steps, frame, Merengue turns & leading/following basics and Botala turnComplete Beginners
Foundation 2Enchufla turn, enchufla doble and paseala por a trace variations, closed position & intention/response, circular flow & using tension/release to create momentum and Botala reviewFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 3Dile que no & Guapea & Arriba/Abajo, learning to use your different frames and Enchufla review and introduction to VacilalaFoundation 2, or other style
ImproverCoca cola & en Rosca, reverse turns and their intentionFoundation 3 or equivalent. (below are examples of what I teach in the improver level
Improver Setenta Variations 1 & cha cha cha stylingFoundation 3
Improver Setental Variations 2 & Mambo StylingFoundation 3
Improver Sombrero Variations & Guaguanco stylingFoundation 3
Improver Baillamo Variations & Reggaeton stylingFoundation 3
Improver Coca Cola Variations & Son stylingFoundation 3
Improver Exhibela Variations & Afro StylingFoundation 3
Improver Guitara Variations, Paseala & Casino stepFoundation 3
Improver Partele Brazo Variations & ManolitoFoundation 3
Improver Paseala por el salon variations, moving around the room & hip movementFoundation 3
Improver Intermediate basics, revisiting your basic steps & turns to add styling and flairFoundation 3