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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.
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Balsero
Con Sabor a Salsa demonstrate balsero
Con Sabor a Salsa demonstrate balsero
Balsero is something like a double sombero. Start with a sombrero but instead of the lead placing hands behind shoulers and finishing with a dile que no, the lead steps to the left of the follow while still holding the follows hands and then does a second sombrero, finishing with a dile que no.
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Events Of interest to our Halifax readers
  • Thursday May 9 – DJ Junior - 1313 Hollis - 9-11pm $3
  • Friday May 10 - Haliente Salsa Fridays  1678 Barrington St - 9-12pm - $5
  • Saturday May 11 - Latin Party - Noche Latina at Jamaican Vibes  in Spring Garden Place- 9pm bachata lesson with Trena, DJ Junior at 10pm - $10
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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