Book: History of dancing ring and casino-salsa
Alan Borges and Alice Sardiñas – Ediciones Cubanas / Artex, 2013
I picked up History of dancing ring and casino-salsa at a book shop on Calle Obispo in Havana recently. It offers some interesting tidbits on the history of casino and reuda de casino, their origins in quinceanara party choreography, information about the Casino de Deportivo club and neighbourhood, etc. As well there are some descriptions of early moves and their history, and about important figures in the development of casino and rueda. All in all, not a bad read... The English-language translation is a bit rough. I preferred another Casino book that I picked up in Cuba many years ago, Casino and Salsa in Cuba by Barbara Balbuena – may be hard to find an English-language copy of that title. Nevertheless, this a fine read too, for those interested specifically in the history of casino and rueda.