Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi

Our dance school

Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi is a part of a cultural non-profit assosiation Cubasalsa, founded a decade ago by the Cuban salsa instructor and event organizer Hamlet Serrano, and driven together with Milla Serrano Rubio.  In  January 2015 Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi was created as a spin-off of the many cultural activities of Cubasalsa in Lund, offering mainly two dance styles -  Cuban Salsa and Rumba Flamenca that have been taught at our dance school by different dance instructors. Since last year we also teach Cuban Rumba that is becoming increasingly popular. We are extremely proud of our international and open-minded environment in our school. Our dance students come from many different countries and continents and we therefore teach mostly in English.

Cuban Salsa

Salsa is the most well-known and the most popular of all Latin dance styles! Learn how to dance the Cuban style salsa, no matter how old you are. We have an open level group for girls called Salsa Kidz and Salsa Ladystyling for teens and adults for all levels: beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced. Salsa is incredibly easy and fun to learn. Our Ladystyling classes borrow many traditional elements from the Afrocuban folkloric dances as well as from the extravagant Cabaret Tropicana show style!

Cuban Rumba

Cuban Rumba is considered the mother of Cuban Salsa. It is a folkloric Afrocuban dance with heavy African influence. The music consists mainly of drums and voice only, and other musical instruments are used rarely. The dance itself is very sensual with very pronounced hip and shoulder movement. Even though it is traditionally a partner dance, the dancers dance individually, and women may use accessories such as long skirts, fans and shawls (which you ironically find in flamenco as well).

Rumba flamenca

Flamenco has many different styles and varities and is rather a generic term for a large number of flamenco styles that can be extremely different one from another. At our dance school we focus mainly on Rumba flamenca, or Gypsy Rumba, that has its origins in Cuba, where Rumba, Guaracha and other traditional Cuban dances were "translated" into Flamenco by Spanish flamenco musicians in the 19th century. This glad and festive style was further developed in Andalusia and involves a lot of skirt and prominent hips and shoulder movement that is less visible in other flamenco styles. It is by far the easiest of all Flamenco styles and the most similar to Cuban dance styles in terms of body movement. Rumba Flamenca can be very sensual and passionate, depending on the song, or glad and lively just as Cuban Salsa.

Director, Dance Instructor and Choreographer

Education and background

Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi's founder and dance teacher, Milla Serrano Rubio is a professional pedagogue with a long projection and experience in both teaching and dancing. As a child Milla attended a school of arts taking daily music, art and drama classes and participating in different musicals and shows.

During highschool and college in Spain, being a young teenager, Milla attended classes in Sevillanas (Flamenco partner dance) and fall in love with Cuban Salsa, social dancing every day and attending later a local salsa school.

Milla started working as a language teacher as yearly as a 20-years old, developing a high sence of pedagogical technique with children, teenagers and adults of all ages and backgrounds. She kept attending different dance schools and taking master classes with Cuban, Latin and Spanish dance teachers throughout her entire career.

Milla holds a Degree in Spanish studies focused on Cuban culture, a Degree in Education and is a certified dancer of Rumba Flamenca, Cuban Rumba and Cuban Salsa - taught by some of Cuba's most influential dancers and choreographers who come from Raíces Profundas and Cabaret Tropicana.

Inspiration and origin.

In 2014, in her husband's native Havana, she visited Teatró América - one of Cuba's largest and most famous theaters. The shows and choreographies have inspired her to teach the dance styles she loves, in Sweden. In January 2015 Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi started with a group of 14 girls age 5-7, called Salsa Kidz. In June 2015  she organized a first ever International Dance Kids Festival to take place in Scandinavia. Both the festival, inspired by the Cuban counterpart, and the dance school, kept growing with a speed of light, participating today with large performance groups of kids, teens and adults at cultural and international events throughout the year. A part of our performance team travelled to Cuba and performed in Havana in 2019.

 

Photography : Dajana Kovacevic, Skånska Dagbladet

Interview from Salsa Sommarlund with Milla Serrano Rubio. 2017

Interview from Malmö Salsafestival with Milla Serrano Rubio. 2017

Interview Hallå Lund/Sydsvenskan with Milla Serrano Rubio. 2019

Interview Skånska Dagbladet with Milla Serrano Rubio. 2019

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