Dancing in Cuba: A Week of Salsa
Cuba is an island of music and dance, where Son and Rumba constitute the roots of the well-known Cuban Salsa dance (also known as Casino) which have become an intricate part of the country´s culture. It is a lively, sensual dance that has gained popularity worldwide.
Paradiso, the Agency of Cultural Tourism, offers an attractive option called “Baila en Cuba” (Dance in Cuba) for all those who are interested in Cuban dance, especially Salsa. From November 23 to November 28 it will be holding its 9th edition, an exciting meeting for all interested Casino and Salsa fans and dance schools. This particular edition will be dedicated to the legendary Benny Moré and to the 45th anniversary of Los Van Van. Popular national bands will play at the Salón Rosado de la Tropical: Manolito Simonet and his Trabuco Band, Maikel Blanco and his Salsa Mayor Band, Charanga Habanera and Habana de Primera, among others. Also in Varadero at the Palma Real Hotel Paulo FG and his Élite Band will be holding a concert.
For one full week participants will receive Salsa lessons given by recognized instructors from Cuba´s National School of Arts and the Superior Institute of Art, all tailored to the level of the participant. There is also the option to have a professional dancer as partner, which allows for a better approach and learning of the dance. In addition, every night two of the most recognized bands of Salsa music on the Island will be playing for dancers to enjoy.
Countries such as Germany, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Turkey and Venezuela have shone in these meetings and several schools of dance have provided demonstrations for all. This year another style called ´The Wheels of Casino´ will be added to the program and there will also be an afternoon where those who wish can demonstrate their dance skills.
Baila en Cuba has formed an enjoyable, creative and original program for all interested dancers and dance schools, what has now come to be known as ´The Week of Salsa´.