Main dance styles
Cuban Salsa - Cuban Rumba - Flamenco Rumba
Our three main dance styles are closely connected to each other and there is a good reason why we teach two or even three of the styles within the same course. The body language and the feeling is really similar within all three dance styles, and their historical heritage has very close ties to each other.
You could say that Afrocuban Rumba is the mother of Cuban Salsa and the cousin of Flamenco Rumba. Both Cuban Salsa, and Flamenco Rumba have received very heavy influence and their entire base from the Cuban Rumba, making them very close relatives. What they do have in common besides the rythm and the feeling, is their passionate and joyful character full of happiness and love, the characteristic hip and shoulder movement and many steps and moves borrowed from and to each other.
Salsa is the most well-known and the most popular of all Latin dance styles. Salsa comes from Cuba, being originally a couple dance called Casino. It´s rythm has its roots in Rumba and Son, but salsa is a modern and very happy and energetic dance. When danced in couples, ladystyling is rather limited to hips and shoulders, since the hands remain connected with the partner most of the time, but when danced by women solo, many elements of the Afrocuban folklore as well as elements of the extravagant cabaret show style may be implemented to add real flavour to your salsa.
***Please note that there are many types of salsa - Cuban Salsa, which is the original one, then there are L.A. and New York styles developed in the US by Puerto Rico and Cuban immigrants and influenced by ballroom and line dance, and also Colombian Cali style that has the fastest and the most complicated footwork and Salsa Choke which is a modern and urban Colombian salsa style.
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. Originally a couple dance, it represents a man trying to conquer a woman.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 or Flamenco Rumba
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, 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. Due to its Cuban origin, it could be called the cousin of the Cuban Rumba, and the historical development of the Rumba Flamenca shows its close ties to the Cuban music and dance. Rumba Flamenca is also very popular in Cuba, and is slightly different from the one taught in Spain, because of its continuos fusion with Cuban music and dance.