AFRO - CUBAN
Afro-Cuban dance culture has spanned across the Caribbean and African regions for centuries. It is a lively, energetic and loud form of dance which really energizes the spirit of both the dancer and the viewer. The Afro-Cuban dance was originally developed with the intermixing of the African dance of the slaves and the flamenco of the Spanish masters. Both dance forms are enthusiastic and require the participants to move their bodies vigorously. Why should you do Afro-Cuban? For anyone who loves Cuban Salsa & Rueda, it's almost an absolute must to learn Afro-Cuban dance as much of the Sabor (flavor) that you see in Salsa comes from Afro-Cuban.
The first time that the Clave rhythm was played in public was in the Cuban Son. The Son Cubano is a style of music that originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s. The Cuban son is one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music, in fact most music historians agree that the Cuban son is the backbone for contemporary salsa and was probably the most popular dance music genre to emerge from Cuba during the early 20th century. Son combines the structure and elements of Spanish canción and the Spanish guitar with African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu and Arará origin. Son, the dance is very subtle and is danced in the contratiempo (or counter rhythm) which comes from the Rumba dances. The couple maintains a very upright frame, with quick flirtatious side to side movements of the shoulders, torso and hips accenting the underlying six count rhythm of the feet.
CUBAN SALSA (Casino)
Cuban Salsa (or Casino as it is called in Cuba) is a grounded and earthy style of salsa that is exciting and fun to dance. The style emerged in Cuba from a fusion of Cuban Son and Rumba mixed with the American influence of Rock n Roll. It is a circular style of Salsa characterised by the Guapea step were the partners mirror each other's basic step and the Dile Que No (the Cuban equivalent of the Cross body lead).
RUEDA (Rueda de Casino)
Rueda was developed in the late 1950's in the Casino's (know as Casinos Deportivos) and social clubs in Havana, Cuba. Pairs of dancers form a progressive circle (Rueda in Spanish), with dance moves called out by one person. Many of the moves involve rapidly swapping partners.