Movimiento and reggaeton - dancing like the Cubans ...


These classes explain the basis for all dances: body awareness and isolation, thus the isolated movement of separate parts of the body. This might sound a bit technical, but the complete range of improvisations of Cuban dancers not really depends on technique but on the awareness of and the feeling for one's own body and the skill to use separate parts of the body while dancing. Amongst them are isolated movements of the pelvis, the shoulders, the chest, as well as the and the jerking and rolling movements gliding through the whole body.

We have to admit that especially these movements are quite difficult for someone who wasn't born in the Caribbean. And at the same time, these movements are the ones we admire most when watching Cubans dance, because they are the essence of the dance.

Some Salseros who do not come from the Caribbean cannot understand easily why how they can have an excellent technique and how they can dance real fast - and still - something is missing. More than anything, the efforts of these dancers show more resemblance to high-performance sports than to the art of dancing.

The approach to learning salsa which is followed by most dance schools world-wide is unbalanced. Dance steps and techniques are important, but the key to dancing is the treatment of and the feeling for your own body.

This is why I recommend movimiento classes to you in addition to the salsa course! Movimiento also is of siginificance in the regular salsa courses, but the focus is not put on it there.

It is worth mentioning the relatively young Latin genre Reggaeton, which is occupying a wide space already on the Latin American and Caribbean dance-floors. Reggaeton uses exactly the movement repertoire taught in the movimiento courses!

The classes in Havana are taught by the dancer and singer Elizabeth Fernández as well as other competent dancers.


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