Cuban Body Styling, this page gives the revision notes from previous Ladies Cuban styling workshops which where held over a 5 week period. Notes for the mens and girls Cuban styling will follow at some point soonish !
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cUBAN BODY STYLING
These workshops are designed to give those ladies that can dance the extra body movements that can make the difference between looking as if you are just going through the moves or looking as if you are dancing the Cuban Salsa with an inner Passion. Even putting right small errors with hip movement can make a world of difference to what you look like. Some times you can be shy about putting style into your dancing because your not sure if it looks Ok. These workshops will show you how and give you the confidence to blow your partner away !
LESSON 3 - REVISION
The Spirits we touched on were Elegua and Ochun. Some background knowledge of the Orisha will help you to understand the passion and meaning that
you can put into your dance.Elegua, the playful and mischievous boy, but still a strong guardian.Ochun, Spirit of the sweet waters ( think about your hands and how to hold them), love and fertility. These are the emotions you need to feel and make show in your dance to Ochun. If you have the track by Adalbero Alvarezy Su Son , Y Que Tu Quieres Que Te Den . Listen to it you will hear the names of several of the Orisha listed on our Dance Styles page. The song opens with emotive lines such as "from Africa came and we were those warriors" This is one of those beautiful tracks everyone should have. For the chest movement, hips still, move side forward side back and then in circle. Only start adding hips once you have the chest movement isolated.Raise chest once then double time, feel the nipped tension in your upper back between shoulder blades. Keep your lower back tucked in to help protect your back Mambo step, forward tap with twist of hips and opposite arms forward. Keep low to help increase the hip movement. Not forgetting a shimee on the shoulders.
Every now and then take a look at your shoulders to see how wonderful they are.
Think about the opportunities you get to put a little something in a dance, but never give it always at once. Keep a movement in those arms and hold the hands as I showed you. ( don't want to give it all away to those who didn't come do we ).
lESSON 1 - REVISION
Posture & Walking, Shoulder Isolation
Figure of 8 on the shoulders, the movement is coming from the centre of your upper chest.Try doing this on the
1 2 3 when you are being picked up from your left.On the back step (the 1) lower yourself slightly by flexing your knee &
remember to keep your weight fully transferred to the ground through your feet ( put your heel down ). If you are moving your shoulders or arms sometimes look at them by turning your head.Practice your torso isolations, hips stay still, move your torso from side to side lifting the shoulder slightly to the side you are moving.If you are having problems concentrate on trying to move your shoulders towards the junction between wall and ceiling of the room alternately on each side. When you have this sorted try moving your torso movement big small small big, etc 123 567.& Next add in the hips (week 4), opposite side to the torso. Arms up as in close hold, walk with grounded feet, dip with knees as you change direction and you are just about there ! Next week we will go through all of this but will concentrate on the beautiful arm movement of Cuban Salsa, Don't Miss it. 8th May 2008.
LESSON 2 - REVISION
This Thur the 8th of May we looked at the beautiful Cuban arm movement as well as going over the first week.When you move your arms, move the elbow out first then work down your arm through all the joints to your finger tips. Do not lift your shoulder. When bringing your arms back in frame your face or your lovely body shape. Rumba step, use your opposite arm. Your other hand bring to your front
below waist level (All with be explained in the last workshop with the Cuban Rumba !!! ) Use your partner to spot on when turning. Plus it gives the dance a connection between you two that Cuban Salsa needs to look good. Step around a turn we have all the time in the world. Just watch your partner and when you cant see him quickly turn your head around to spot on him. ( Head last to leave first to arrive.) Hand on head, hands on head in a turn. Both Arms up or just one. Again outline your shape with your fingers. As you raise your arm above your head keep it very close on the way up Remember to keep a small movement in your arms, don't look as if you have a dead arm. Most important, constantly change your movement and look. You can have the most fantastic look but it will look boring if you don't vary it.
These girls have only 20 mins of reggaeton workshops take a look of how there where in full public view !!
LESSON 4 - REVISION
Hips are like the engine in a car it makes it "work". The answer to your question is of course yes you can do it but it will take a lot of practice.
Figure of 8 on the hips again as with the torso and the shoulders practice the movement in isolation first before adding a few other bits in. Try figure of 8 of the hips in the movement large, small, small, large. Emphasize the hips out to one side, Boom Boom. Just once double time. Weight on centre foot, step around circling centre foot with soft knees and hip rotation. You can start by putting it in when being picked up by a man from your left.
Remember left hand on his shoulder and you have all the time in the world to play with, 1-2-3-4. The
easiest mistake to make is moving your hip the wrong way at the wrong time, its also the easiest to put right. Torso opposite hips. If you get the chance to have a few beats by yourself remember to spot on your partner. You then know where he is so you can make sure you are in the right position to be picked up on the one, if not you might get left
another 8 beats while he tries again ! Practice and memorize a very short routine so you always have something to put in !
e.g. Hips Boom Boom, Shoulders Boom Boom, Chest Boom Boom. If the music is sharp if the music is softer maybe the shuffle around with soft hip rotation and Don't forget those beautiful Cuban arms. ( water, soft, elbow, wrists, fingers )
On the 27th 2008 September we had workshops for, beginners Rumba (men and women). Ladies Cuban styling and Men's Cuban styling, attitude and movement. Put the Cuban into your Salsa
LESSON 5 - REVISION Salsa, Rumba and Reggaeton all have a very Cuban flavour to them but all in different ways.
Salsa's attitude is playfully but with a very personal connection between the dancers. Rumba is a story of real life and some hardcore flirting but danced in a very traditional way.
Reggaeton is no holds barred up to date outright suggestive dancing with some wonderful moves some of which are so at home in Cuban Salsa.
Reggaeton, The music and rhythm is so powerful you can't do anything but just put it all in with a whole bunch of attitude.
Rumba, when you dance the Cuban Rumba you feel as if you are doing something very very special, the fact is you are.
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The workshop was great fun I'm glad you enjoyed it, i know i did..