Of these, the salsa is supposedly the one that originated in the Caribbean and is often known as a Cuban folk dance. Salsa is one of the most entertaining and popular social dances in the world today. There are multiple subcategories within the genre of salsa.
The Cha-Cha originated in Cuba and is similar to the mambo. The name was derived from the sound the dancers' shoes made while dancing to this style of music.
The rumba has actually changed over the years and there are several distinctive styles of the dance. The origins of rumba are in Cuban music, which is a mixture of Spanish and African influences. The rumba has various styles that are often slower and very emotional.
The samba is of Afro-Brazilian origin and is very popular in Brazil. For this dance, you need to be quick on your feet and have heaps of energy! This can be danced as an individual or as a couple.
The heritage or origins of these dances are in Latin American for the samba, Cha-Cha-Cha and rumba, the Caribbean for the salsa, Hispanic for the Paso Doble and American for the jive. Each of these dances has their particular traits but they "coincide in expressiveness, intensity and energy."
But wait, I am digressing here as I find these dances all so fascinating (cannot do any of them!)
Now you can learn these dances and in particular, the salsa at special classes at the Passada - School of Afro-Latin dance, 65 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads. This particular class will be held on 3rd January 2019, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.
6.30 pm - Cuban salsa – Level 0 - absolute beginners - this class is also run on Thursdays
7.30 pm - Cuban salsa - Level 1 - Beginner Plus
The absolute beginners' classes are ones for people with the following!
Little or no dance experience
Two left feet
Trouble keeping the rhythm
Learning at a relaxed pace
Scared of going to a group dance class
This will be a six-week course and you will learn the basics of the Cuban salsa, which incidentally is referred to as casino in Cuba. Here you will be focusing on the actual basic steps, rhythm, coordination and the turn patterns. However, it is not only about the steps as you will also have a real cultural experience and share in Cuban culture, music and history.
Although this is a FREE event, you will need to register as numbers are limited. You can register at this Eventbrite link.