Classes

Cuban Salsa & Dominican Bachata

This Fall, all my lessons will take place at BC Dance Studio (877 Hamilton St between Robson and Smithe in downtown Vancouver), close to Skytrain and Canada Line.

Cuban Salsa

Beginners Cuban Salsa: SUNDAYS at 2:30 pm (90 minutes)
Start date:
SEPTEMBER 8th  
Fee:
$160 for 8 classes.
Description of the course:
This will be your introduction to the world of Cuban dances and other rhythms from the Spanish Caribbean. You will learn the basic steps and turns, as well as some nice combinations. We’ll also place emphasis on creating a solid foundation both at the theoretical and practical levels. The beginner stage will be your preparation to dance not only Cuban salsa (which, by the way, is known in Cuba as Casino dance), but other rhythms that make up the whole concept of Latin dancing.
Registration: Send us a message to: info@vancuba.com to reserve your spot

Intermediate Level 1 Cuban Salsa: TUESDAYS at 8:00 pm (90 minutes)
Start date: SEPTEMBER 10th at BC Dance Studio
Fee: $160 for 8 classes
Course description: The Intermediate level 1 focuses on widening your repertoire of combinations and perfecting the footwork you learned at Beginners’ level. Classes are often taught in Rueda de Casino format (the exciting “circle dance”). This is a very exciting stage in the learning experience, in the sense that you’ll be able to see for yourself how the foundation built at earlier stages now allows you to very visibly progress, week after week.
Registration: Send us a message to: info@vancuba.com

Intermediate Level 2 Cuban Salsa: WEDNESDAYS at 8:00 pm (90 minutes)
Start date: SEPTEMBER 11th at BC Dance Studio
Fee: $160 for 8 classes.
Course description:  This level is simply a continuation of everything we did at Intermediate Level 1. What happens is that, in our evolution as dancers, we tend to remain at intermediate level for a while. Upon finishing this stage, classes typically move onto advanced level. We will be perfecting our technique and style, as well as fine-tuning the art of communication during the dance. More Rueda de Casino moves will be added to our repertoire… the fun goes on.
Registration: Send us a message to: info@vancuba.com

Advanced Cuban Casino: THURSDAYS at 8:00 pm
Start date: SEPTEMBER 12th at BC Dance Studio
Fee: $160 for 8 classes.
Course description: this is where we start to really take off as dancers. The main goal at this point is that of creating dancers who have a good understanding of the diverse formulas that make up the Cuban Casino dance, as well as their application in a variety of routines. Versatility is the skill we seek to develop. Classes are often taught in circle (Rueda) format, which makes the whole learning experience more dynamic and interactive.
Registration: message me to reserve your spot.
Registration: Send us a message to: info@vancuba.com

Advanced Cuban Casino (hardcore): MONDAYS at 8:00 pm
Start date: SEPTEMBER 9th at BC Dance Studio
Fee: $160 for 8 classes.
Course description: This is for the addicts. Let’s take your skills to a new level of finesse and expertise. Dancing is all about connection and communication. That requires good leading, good following, and knowing very well where to step. The better you understand the dance, the more you’ll be able to enjoy it, as doing the figures becomes more and more effortless. This is the good thing about being at advanced level. Great emphasis will also be placed in elegance and cleanliness when executing your steps and figures.
Registration: Send us a message to: info@vancuba.com

Dominican Bachata

Workshops with Bachata Duo Anthony & Carla
Date: September 21st and 22nd with special appearance at Caliente Thursdays on Sept. 19th and performance at BACHATA FIESTA on Saturday Sept.21st at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Description: Dominican Bachata sensational duo Anthony & Carla visit Vancouver for the very 1st time! Seize this amazing opportunity to learn from two of the most popular instructors internationally right now, and immerse yourself in an exciting 2-day workshop series where we will explore the broad spectrum of the authentic Dominican style.

PROGRAM ● PART 1 (Saturday September 21st, 3 hours)

Dominican Bachata Styling – Connecting with your partner – Leading & following – Musicality: understanding Bachata music

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SATURDAY HERE

PROGRAM ● PART 2 (Sunday September 22nd, 3 hours)

– Footwork techniques – Body movement and isolations – Syncopated footwork combinations – Musicality Part 2: interpreting the dance in connection with the music

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SUNDAY HERE

PLEASE NOTE: tickets for this event are sold in PAIRS, therefore you need to come with a partner. This is to avoid having a very unbalanced class. That being said, given the characteristics of leading and following in Bachata, where leading does not necessarily require a completely different footwork (as in Salsa), we do encourage same sex/gender pairs to join the workshop. The idea is that one of the two will play a more leading role, but both will learn roughly the same in terms of footwork, etc.

About Anthony & Carla: watch the videos from their Youtube channel  so you can appreciate for yourself the beauty and smooth flow that characterize Anthony & Carla’s connection. Notice how Anthony displays a diverse, well-timed leading that creates a “conversation” through the dance, while Carla sways her hips so neatly that it becomes a signature move. They will be showing us all that, and more, on the week of September 19th to the 22nd. You can catch them as well at the BACHATA FIESTA at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront on Saturday, September 21st where they will perform a Dominican Bachata routine.