Cuban style salsa differs from the north american salsa styles in that it is ‘circular’ rather than linear. The man constantly moves around the woman in a circular dynamic, checking her out and showing her off.
Cubans call their salsa dance style ‘casino’.
In the decadent days of Old Havana, all the action in town was going down at the Casinos. The gambling haunts had the money to bring in the big name bands, so that’s where people would go to dance.
During the revolution, the casinos were closed, and the people started to dance ‘casino’ style in the local community halls.
Rueda de Casino is a popular dance where pairs of dancers form a circle and execute dance moves called out by one person, "the caller", constantly exchanging dance partners.
In Cuba, the people used to get together in large halls, called ‘Casinos’ hence the name.
Casino itself has its roots in the ‘Danz’n, as well as its derivative, the Son Afro-Cuban dances such as Guaguane the Mambo, a rhythm invented by Cachao in the world-famous Tropicana Club in Havana, in 1943, and popularized by Perez Prado in Mexico, and “Cha-cha-cha” invented by Enrique Jorre. Sometimes as many as 100 couples would dance in the rueda circle!
Cuban Flow is a course where we focus on different Cuban dances and try to apply them into our social dancing.
During the course we work on musicality as well as transition between "tiempo and contratiempo".
We deepen our knowledge and feeling of Salsa Cubana but also Son Cubano, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Rumba and more.