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Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba, as the original meeting point of European and African cultures. Its movements were originated from Cuban Son, with strong influences from Mambo, Guaguanco, Cha-Cha-Chá and other Afro-Cuban dances.


Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms, line dancing (suelta), and Rueda de Casino where groups of couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.

Salsa Cubana
Son Cubano

The Son cubano is a style of music that originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s.


It is one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music: its derivatives and fusions, namely salsa, have spread across the world. Son can be viewed as a stylistically pivotal genre linking the culture of the Afro-Cuban underclasses with that of mainstream society. From the lowest social strata it has proceeded to ascend and strengthen its style, influencing other genres in the process.

Even now the Cuban Son is more than a dance. It is the time to feel with the dance the romantic essence of the Cuban atmosphere.


Called as the biggest fun of the cuban salsa, "La Rueda de Casino" is one of the most famous type of dances from Cuba. Rueda / Casino Rueda / Salsa Rueda is a particular type of round dancing of Salsa where exchanging of partners inside the circle takes place. 


It was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s by groups of popular dancers who combined the salsa movement with some other dances and popular games.


It involves forming a circle with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or "líder" or "cantante" in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might not be easily heard. 

Rueda de Casino 

Rumba developed in the Cuban provinces of Havana and Matanzas in the late 19th century. As an energetic Afro-Cuban dance, brings all the rythms from the slaves and the flavour of the people who later on will dance the carismatic stylies of "El Complejo de la Rumba".

Afro-Cuban rumba is entirely different from Ballroom Rumba. It was developed in rural Cuba, and is still danced in Havana, Mantanzas and other Cuban cities as well as rural areas, especially those with a significant or predominant African community.

Cuban Rumba can be broken down into three types: Yambú (the oldest and slowest style), Columbia, and Guaguancó (the most popular style with more complex rhythms, and involves overtly flirtatious movements between a man and a woman in the roles of "Rooster" and "Hen".

Rumba Cubana

Yoruba is a kind of religion which comes from Nigeria, Africa and was brought to Cuba with the penetration of african slaves. The religion is represented by many different gods, called "Orishas".


An Orisha (also spelled Orisa or Orixa) is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba spiritual or religious system. All of them have different characteristics, colours, symbols, and dances, representing the sea, the flowers, the jungle, the peace, etc. 

According with the dances and their principal characteristics, a big program of enjoyment and afro moves was made to learn the orisha´s way of dancing.

Discover your identification with the god who has the same characteristics like you.

Bailes Yorubas

Improvisational in nature, street jazz dance stems from modern-day dance styles, like hip hop, breakdancing, funk and electronic dance. Elements of the rigid robotic movements, the marked spins often found in breakdancing and the fluid movements of hip hop are found in the street jazz dance culture.

Often, street dance encourages dancers to interact with other dancers and even the audience. Street jazz dance emerged from an amalgamation of modern dance styles that were performed in nontraditional settings.

Street jazz dance can be identified by performers’ fast and intricate footwork, refined spins and acrobatic flips and moves. Inspired by modern hip hop, street jazz dance resembles this original street style.


Rumba is a family of percussive rhythms, songs and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves and Spanish colonizers. The name derives from the Cuban Spanish word rumbo which means "party" or "spree".

Rumba has also been described by some as a folkloric music and dance complex combination. The Africans brought over to be slaves had a history and culture that later merged with the other cultures they had been pushed into. The African origins of Rumba can be traced to two secular dances of the Bantu origin. The two influences and roots for rumba in particular being from the "Yuka" and Makuta, styles of dancing. There are numerous other African influences in the rumba that helped shape it into what it is today but those are the main influences that are noticeable today in the styles of dance.  But why Mix? Well Mix represents all the dances which comes from La Rumba and we are going to learn, like Makuta , Garabato, Gaga, Palo, which make our subject full of enjoyment and meaning.

Bailes Haitianos

Using afro-cuban movements and modern dance technique, is created an AFro-contemporary program to developpe the student's  capacity for the Afro-Cuban dances.

It is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographers and teahcers use emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to Afro-cuban structured code of steps. 

It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas modern dance is rigid in its technique because of the common history, the two forms (afro-cuban and modern) share a similar terminology and structure.


Ballet is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary.


Ballet's disciplined positions give you better posture, which is great for your spine as well as your appearance.


It also develops your strength and muscles, keeping you fit and trim at the same time. It also builds bone density which is an advantage in later life to keep your body in a great shape and strength.


Our program is for those who wish to take classes for the pure enjoyment and exposure to movements. Our course is completely beginners and do not require any ballet knowledge in advance.  
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Ballet Clásico

Cubaton (also known as Reggaeton a lo Cubano) is a sub-genre of Reggaeton. It is a fusion of Cuban percussions or Timbales, Salsa, Timba and Reggaeton. The Cubaton comes from the words "cuba" and "reggaeton".
Cubaton was born due to the popularity of reggaeton among youth in Cuba. Some of the leading Cuban reguetoneros started to mix local sounds and Riddles with imported Reggaeton and Rap, helping Cubaton develop its distinctive sound. 

Salsatón is a relatively new sub genre of both salsa and reggaetón. The songs primarily have salsa melodies and percussion, with reggaeton-style beats, such as the dem bow and occasionally, rapping.

Recently, this style of dance has been popularized in many Latin American nations and in the rest of the world. 


Fun and unexplored movements is the main idea of the genre, where the salsa as basic tempo get combined with one of the most famous rhythms of the cuban world: Salsa, Timba and Regguetón....




Style of dance that combines different cuban dances in the combination of steps. As the name indicates we work mostly with the "Footwork" (dance steps) and the variation of the tempos with the music.


This subject is highly recommended for the improvement of the style in the Cuban Salsa, Salsaton and any kind of Cuban dances that includes improvisations. 


Intensive program with Styling classes and combinations of cuban dances's steps. 

Cuban Footwork

 Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring music, song, dance, recitation, or drama.

Cabaret diverged into several different styles of performance mostly due to the influence of jazz music and the fusion of several rhythms. 

Colorful costumes and extraordinary musical dancers presenting an Artistic Production with different dances, creating a revolution in the night clubs. 

More exclusive and high technique program is in our Cabaret Class for you who woud like to experience the Cuban Dance Wolrd from "the stages"


Cabaret Cubano

The traditional Cuban dance is essentially part of the expressions that provide migration from different regions of Spain and West Africa, to which were added after the influences of the Caribbean. 


It was then, started the history of Cuban popular music, creating new rhythms, to which people were creating new steps in combination with the melody as a result of this fusion. Dance forms were generated in a wealth of steps, styles, costumes and colors, forming the consolidation of Cuban popular dances. Some of those dances are:


  •  Mambo

  •  Mozambique

  •  Congas

  •  Pilón, etc.

Bailes Populares Cubanos

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