Rueda Con Ritmo Workshop Descriptions

 

SATURDAY, Jan 24TH

 

Partnering for Cuban-style Salsa (Two Levels, Beginning and Int/Adv)

1:00pm

Cuban-style salsa (sometimes called casino) is dynamic and circular, even when not danced in a circle (rueda). In this class we will teach some of our favorite one-on-one turn patterns (traditional and original). Ryan and Sidney will teach separately, so there will be two different levels dancing simultaneously (beginning and intermediate/advanced).

 

Origins of Rueda: Moves from 1957 to 1964 (Levels 2 and up)

2:00pm

Rueda de Casino was first created by a group of teenagers in Havana in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In July, Ryan and Sidney traveled to Havana to meet and dance with several of the original dancers of the style (called "Fundadores," now in their 60s and 70s). In this class you'll learn many of the moves from the early days, including Derecha-izquierda, Bótala p'atrás, Enróscate, and Bikini.

 

Musicality: Dancing to the Rhythms of Salsa and Timba

3:30pm

Cuban music is incredibly rich and rhythmically layered, offering us a great abundance of material to draw upon as dancers. In this class you'll learn some of the most common accents in timba how to express these rhythms with your body, primarily through changes in footwork. This rhythmic understanding will enhance your enjoyment of the music and invigorate your dancing, both in the rueda and with a partner.

 

Salsa Workout and Body Movement (All levels)

4:30pm

In this energetic, full-body workout, we explore the roots and relatives of salsa. We warm up with basic footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations and related dance styles (such as Son, Mambo, Rumba and Cha-cha-chá) building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography. We will focus more on the relationship between Rumba and Salsa on Saturday, and the relationship between Son and Salsa on Sunday.

 

SUNDAY, Jan 25TH

 

Intro to Son Cubano (All levels)

11:00am

Son is the style of dance and music that directly preceded Salsa in Cuba, but it is still a living tradition in itself. It is beautiful and elegant, simple in movements but sophisticated in rhythm and style. Many of the best salsa dancers incorporate movements, turns, timing, and style from son into their salsa dancing. In this class you'll learn the characteristic rhythm of Son (called "contratiempo" or "on 2") as well as some fundamental steps, movements, and turn patterns.

 

Dancing with Clave: Changing Time (All levels)

12:00pm

The clave is the rhythmic essence, the "key," of salsa music. In this class you'll learn to identify the two key distinctions that make the four types of clave used in salsa: 3-2 vs. 2-3 and son vs. rumba. We'll use this knowledge of the clave to help us switch back and forth between dancing "on 1" ("a tiempo") and "on 2" ("a contratiempo"). And beyond the how of switching time, we’ll delve into why you would want to switch: what cues to listen for and respond to in the music. It is highly recommended (but not required) to take the Intro to Son class prior to this class.

 

Santiago-style Salsa and Rueda (Intermediate/Advanced)

2:00pm

Santiago is the birthplace of Son Cubano and continues to be a center of innovation in both dance and music. Ryan and Sidney traveled to Santiago in July, studying from several different groups and teachers. In this class we'll show you our favorite new moves from Santiago, both one-on-one Salsa patterns and group moves for the Rueda.

 

Salsa Workout and Body Movement (All levels)

3:00pm

In this energetic, full-body workout, we explore the roots and relatives of salsa. We warm up with basic footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations and related dance styles (such as Son, Mambo, Rumba and Cha-cha-chá) building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography. We will focus more on the relationship between Rumba and Salsa on Saturday, and the relationship between Son and Salsa on Sunday.

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