Here’s a fun video from teacher Adonis Santiago and Lisandra García featuring a mix of son, casino/timba dancing to a song by El Niño y la Verdad.
Adonis Santiago and Lisandra García

Featured Move

Dile que no

Dile que no (tell her no) is also known as a cross-body lead. This move is one clave or 8-count long and is one of the most fundamental figures in casino. The lead places their right hand between the follows shoulder blades, and with their left hand take the follows right hand, on the 1 the lead steps forward and on the 3 they step back out of the follows way so that they are perpendicular, then leads the follow across to the other side so that the lead and follow have changed places and could at this point continue with another figure or a basic step such as guapea.
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Dance Papi demonstrate Dile Que No
  • Aug 30-Sep 8 - Festival de Salsa, Bachata et Kizomba de Québec 2019 in Quebec City - various parties and workshops, including 5 workshops by esteemed Cuban dancer and teacher Yeni Molinet the weekend of September 6-8. 
  • Sep 6 Rueda Congress - Bergen Norway
  • Sep 13-16 - Calle de Timberos in Wroclaw, Poland – impressive looking event with a concert by Barbaro Fines y su Mayimbe and lots of great teachers and workshops
  • Nov 7-10 - Havana en Belgrado - in Belgrade, Serbia - short event but with an extremely impressive roster of teachers including Jennyselt Galata Calvo, FredyClan and other illustrious names in Cuban dance, as well as concerts by Maykel Blanco with Mayito Rivera and 2019 Cuba Disco winners El Niño y la Verdad. 
  • Nov 17-22 - Baile en Cuba – 6 days of workshops and concerts in Havana, with an unbelievable lineup of bands: Van Van, Septeto Santiaguero, Pupy, Adalberto Alvarez, Manolito Simonet, Haila, Maykel Blanco, Alan Daniel, Elito Revé, Havana D'Primera and Los 4. Includes 22 hours of classes at all levels with instructors from the top national schools of the arts ...
  • Dec 7-8 Casino Festival Barcelona - 2 days of workshops and parties in Barcelona
  • Feb 8-23 Rueda in Playa Del Carmen - very open-ended opportunity to do and learn rueda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with people from Boston Rueda
  • Feb 13-16 Salsa Rueda Festival - in San Francisco. The 2020 schedule is not up yet but you can see from the 2019 schedule that it will be an impressive program
  • Mar 29-Apr 5 2020 - Havana Dance Experience 2020 - Group from Halifax, NS going to Cuba for private classes and dancing. $1349 fixed price includes accommodations, breakfast, a SIM card, classes and taxi dancers as well as some daytime activities. Airfare, transportation and admission to dance clubs not included.  
  • Apr 20-26 2020 Ritmo Cuba – includes 7 days of workshops and classes (30 hours of classes I believe, with four tracks to choose from), tours, a pool party, a beach party, as well as admission every night to the best clubs in the city with top bands in Cuba
  • May 29-31 2020Rueda Fest - in Brighton UK - has some intriguing workshops on rueda in all kinds of funky formations and more
Some intriguing events in Cuba  this summer
  • The second Varadero Josone Jazz & Son Festival is coming to Varadero from August 22-25 featuring big names like Van Van, Adalberto Alvarez, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Paul FG, Manolito Simonent, Havana de Primera, Alain Perez, Halia, Buena Fe, El Chacal, and more
Of interest to our Halifax readers
  • Wed Aug 21 - Free To Move on the Waterfront – free class 6pm-7pm, dancing 7-9pm (kizomba after 9) - Son class this week, the best and only social in the city for Cuban timba, also features merengue, bachata, etc
  • Thu Aug 22 - Haliente - salsa/bachata/etc social at the waterfront, 8-10:30pm
  • Sat Sep 14 - Son Latino Musica Cubana - at the Music Room, 7-9pm
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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