Cuban Salsa and Rueda

Cuban Salsa and Rueda Cuban Salsa or…Salsa with Flavour!

At Salsaché, we have Cuban Salsa and Rueda classes every Tuesday at the Summers Knight Studio in the town centre in Nottingham. These are our longest running classes in Nottingham and we love teaching the friendly people that are coming every week. Please click here to know the details of the classes in Nottingham or stay here to read on the history on the flavour some Cuban Salsa and watch a few videos.

History of Cuban Salsa

Cuban-style salsa, also known as Casino, is a form of Latin dance that originated in Cuba. Dancing Casino is an expression of popular social culture; Many Cubans consider casino a part of their social and cultural activities centering around their popular music.

The origins of the name Casino are “Casinos Deportivos”, the dance halls where a lot of social dancing was done among the better off, white Cubans during the mid-20th century and onward.

Historically, Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban Son, fused with partner figures and turns adopted from North American Jive. What gives the dance its life is the understanding and spontaneous use of the rich Afro-Cuban dance vocabulary within a “Casino” dance. A “casino” dancer will frequently improvise references to other dances, integrating movements, gestures and extended passages from the folkloric and popular heritage. This is particularly true of African descended Cubans. Such improvisations might include extracts of rumba, dances for African deities, the older popular dances such as Cha Cha Cha and Danzon as well as anything the dancer may feel.

Cuban Salsa in Nottingham

In Nottingham, the Cuban style has been present for more than 15 years and back in the days there were many places to learn and dance this Authentic style. In Nottingham, there’s is now a strong community who love the Cuban style of dance and they know they surely have a place every week where they can enjoy and dance! After having created and developed the “Rueda Con Tamba” workhops in Nottingham 3 years ago, Tamba has decided in 2013 to fully invest himself in reviving the Cuban dance scene: Nottingham will have a weekly Cuban night which will make the Cuban dancers proud. Now you can learn the Cuban style every Tuesday at the Lacehouse (Nottingham city centre)! Not only you learn turn patterns and routines but you also learn the folkloric dances from Cuba who make your Latin dance a lot more flavoursome and fun! Plus you can enjoy the happiness and extreme fun of learning and dancing Rueda! Cuban salsa is fun, fun, fun!! Learn the Cuban style in Nottingham! Click here for more info

Important contributors in that style:

  1. Alberto Valdes: Based on Italy Alberto Valdes has been extremely important in bringing and developing the Cuban Style in Europe. A lot of artists have learned from him with the most famous one being Maykel Fonts
  2. Maykel Fonts: Probably one of the best dancers in the world! Highly musical, his classes are always inspiring and fun!
  3. Yeni Molinet: Great dancer, great teacher Yeni is a well of knowledge and make the learning always fun!
  4. Wilmer and Maria: Energy, Energy, Energy!! One of the most respected couple in the Cuban scene! Energetic and elegant, they combine grace and rawness

What Cuban style looks like? Watch those videos!!