Dancing

We offer dance classes in Havana and Trindidad de Cuba. 

Dance styles

Son

Son is a mainstream in Cuban music and has laid the fundament for many other styles coming after it. Its origins lay in the east of the island, where it was built under Spanish descent farmers. It is believed that it is derived from Changui, who also combines Spanish guitar and African rhythms.

The characteristics of son today vary strongly, while a basic element is the bass pulse that comes from the downbeat (anticipated bass). This gives the Son and the directions derived from it (even the salsa rhythm) their typical form.

Traditionally, subjects of Son are love and patriotism. Modern artists are socially and politically oriented. Typical is the use of Décima, with ten verses stanzas, eight-syllable verses and 2/4-beat. The Son (Clave) has a forward and a reverse shock (beat?). The forward shock Tresillo is followed by two strokes, while the reverse shock reverses the order.

Salsa

Since the 1970s, the son montuno forms were combined with other Latin music, such as mambo and rumba, from what the present form of salsa originated, which has a immense popularity in the Latin American and Spanish-speaking world,. Salsa is the most popular dance style andwith its countless figures of a very diverse character.

Rumba

Outside of Cuba, Rumba is commonly seen as ballroom dancing , but its roots lie in the spontaneous, improvised and lively dance of the dockworkers of Havana and Matanzas. Percussion instruments like the Quinto, the drums and the tumbadora Palitos (sticks) are combined with the cascara rhythm and singing (a singer and choir) to a danceable and popular form of music.

The word Rumba is derived from the verb rumbear (have a good time, partying). The rhythm is the key element of the rumba, which is primarily dance music.

There are three kinds of rumba rhythm with associated dances:

  • Columbia in 6/8 time, danced by a man, is very fluent, aggressive and has acrobatic movements;
  • Guaguancó in 2/4-time is a partner dance with a erotic component;
  • Yambú, also known as "the old people's Rumba" is a precursor of guaguancó and very slow. Yambú is barely danced and played today only at a few folk ensembles.

The single or couple dance classes are usually held at your accommodation. Our accommodations costs per night between 25 € and 30 € inclusive breakfast. You can use also our locations if you don´t live in one of our casas.

 

Child-care

During the classes we are offering child-care for children aged between 2 to 14 years. They can just play or can learn to dance or to play percussions. The child-care costs per child per day 5 CUC (about 3,75 €)