Regular post: learning Cuban dance and music in Toronto

We would like to make a regular post here on the latest news about how you can LEARN TO DANCE  Cuban style, or take lessons from a CUBAN STYLE MUSICIAN.  We aim to revisit this list every 2 months or so.   Also, other local access to Cuban culture may be promoted, like radio shows.

LESSONS – DANCE:

Toronto is blessed with some excellent teachers of Cuban style dancing, and musicians of exception training and caliber who will teach you to play Cuban music.

Some updates to note: Vladimir Aranda has moved his Sunday lessons, and a social dance with DJ, to Lula Lounge… Sunday late afternoon and evening, see the link above.  Vlad’s special skill seems to be in diagnosing little things you might be doing that prevent you from dancing better.

AfroLatino Dance Company is continuing with full late of lessons, most days of the week.  There Saturday socials continue, interspersed with the odd “Salsa Klimax” bigger event at a club.  See the link above!  Most people credit teachers at AfroLatino with providing an unusually friendly atmosphere for beginners to find their dance legs.

Other teachers listed here as well… and let us know of changes!

LESSONS – MUSIC:

Some of the excellent working musicians who teach as far as we know:
Jorge Luis Torres “Papiosco” – percussion
Joaquin Hidalgo – percussion
Mayito del Monte Jr – percussion
Pablo Rosales – tres guitar
As far as contacting these fine musicians, we recommend finding out where they have gigs and talking to them face to face.

RADIO SHOWS:

Chris Butcher show Dig! (Thursday 6-8 pm CIUT) includes some music from Cuba, he’s involved as trombone in several of the bands that play regularly at Lula Lounge.  His radio show includes the modern dance music “timba” and other cool music from Cuba.
On CJRT Saturday 1-4 the show Cafe Latino hosted by Laura Fernandez includes son, jazz and fusion music from Cuba.
If you have more regular weekly or monthly Cuban culture-related events please contact us!

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