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Cuban Salsa is natural, flowing and evocative of the Cuban Culture. The rhythm come from the drums of the African slaves mixed with sounds bought by the Spanish invaders. The step has its roots in Africa with its complete connection to the earth. The body movements comes from the Son and tells the story of the Cuban rumba, which can change between being coy, seductive or outright flirtatious! The movements are always measured, just enough to put the message across, but what a message !! There are many types of salsa but Cuban Salsa is the dance that stays closes to the Afro-Cuban Traditions and contains that magic ingredient that you will fall in love with.
Rumba in Ladies Styling workshop
Cuban Dance Styles
Cuban Salsa Class's and Club night at Dance Cuban Sutton Staithe Hotel, Sutton, Stalham, Norwich. Uk
Every Thursday at 8pm
Not danced before, not been before just turn up just before 8pm every Thursday.
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Origins of Cuban Salsa
Cuban Salsa is a relative new dance having evolving over the last few decades. However its roots go back thousands of years to the home lands of the African slaves. Thousands of years ago, picture a small group of hunter gatherers on the plains of Africa sitting around there fires and dancing to their Gods and Spirits( Orishas). Rhythms and dance are the way there have of expressing themselves. They may be dancing to Oshun for sweet drinking water, to Shango to help defend themselves or to Yemaya for calm waters for their fishing.
As slaves they bought their religion to Cuba, but these religions were not welcomed by the Plantation owners so the slaves hid them by using the Roman Catholic Religion as a cover. Hence many of these Orishas have an alias in the form of a Catholic Saint.
The slaves used there native rhythms to dance and dances such as the Rumba evolved. Son then evolved in the early Clubs with the mixture of these rhythms and the sounds of the Spanish guitar. As the dances of Cuba changed along came America and the Big Band sounds, this was the start of Salsa however the simple beats of Rock and Roll did nothing for the Cubans who had this fantastic array of rhythms which they were so used to. So when at the end of the 1950ís and the Americans left, the Cubans were again isolated with the echoís of the big band sounds but with the rhythms of Africa. As well as a unique ability to turn these sounds into dance. Cuban Salsa was born.
The Americans did not take the Rumba and Orisha dances with them. As the suggestive nature of the Rumba and the roots of the Orishas would not be welcomed in the States at this time.