Dance!

For information about specific dance traditions of Cuba, click on the specific style, under “Dance” on the menu bar above… or use the sidebar to the right.


Now… WHERE DO THEY TEACH “THE REAL THING”… IN TORONTO?


The biggest Cuban-style school in Toronto area is AfroLatino Dance Company. Why is it so popular? Could have something to do with the relaxed no-pressure style of teaching. Lessons on various days of the week, and locations.  Drop-in is OK if there is room and you are dancing at the required level. AfroLatino also has an open social practice for anyone interested in Cuban style dance, Saturday evenings from 6pm-8pm.  Some Saturdays, this is replaced by a bigger event “Salsa Klimax” at a local night club: see the website.


C.U. Dance Productions, a new school on the scene: already with 300+ students and club outings, CU Dance Productions has joined the fine established businesses where you can learn to dance, Cuban style. The teachers have many years experience teaching, and are very knowledgeable about Cuban culture and dance!


Dailyn Martinez teaches Cuban style salsa every Saturday afternoon at 2:30-3:30pm (Intermediates) and 3:30-4:30pm (Beginners) at Lula Lounge… at 1585 Dundas Street West in Toronto!  More classes at other times in a studio at 2246 Eglinton Ave W. : see the website for more info!
This unique “casino” class encourages students to explore rhythm, steps, body oscillations and most importantly to enjoy the moment! Sabrosura!
Wear comfortable clothes. Bring your friends, the more the merrier.
Cost as of Sept 2016: Drop in classes  $13 – 5 classes $60
All ages are welcome!

http://www.shumdesalsa.com/


Juan Carlos Bulnes was one of those kids dancing and honing new casino style steps, to Orqesta Reve, Los Van Van, and others on the Para Bailar TV show on Cuban TV in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Now he’s here in Toronto, and is available for private lessons in Cuban casino, orisha, and rumba dancing.  He teaches group lessons in association with some schools, for example, sometimes with Albena de Assis of AfroLatino Dance Co (see above). You can contact Juan Carlos at 647 818 6602 or 416 836 2600.


Most Wednesdays in the spring/summer/fall, the group Rueda de la calle + tax we will be dancing from 7pm to 9pm, in the open air in Toronto. Everyone welcome, and if you can dance rueda or casino style, you will soon be dancing with us.  Otherwise you are welcome to dance how you feel, talk to us, and enjoy the 100% timba from Cuba… “no lame salsa here”!   Click to see our page!


And now a new opportunity to study Afrocuban dance, the dances of the Orishas, Conga and Rumba with Consuelo Herrera.   Consuelo Herrera is a professional dancer from Havana , Cuba, who began her studies in La casa de Cultura, and went on to work with the folkloric dance troupe “Liberacion 75”, perform in the grand cabarets “La Cecilia” in Miramar, and eventually join Grupo Raices Profundas as a lead dancer and soloist. She has worked with some of the best choreographers and musicians in Cuba. She has appeared in several documentaries about dance in Cuba and has performed in Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, the United States, Japan and Canada. Consuelo originally came to Canada to perform with Jane Bunnett in a North American tour. She has gone on to perform with Ballet Creole and Joaquin Hidalgo’s Rumberos. Consuelo has been teaching Afro-Cuban Dance in Toronto in with Ballet Creole and other local companies since 1997.        Location: Bavia Arts Studio, 898 St. Clair Ave W (near Oakwood). Saturdays 1pm-2:30,     Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00  Cost: $20 per class drop in    Facebook Link)


Damarys Aguirre is owner of Damidance.  See the link to find out about current offerings.


MELISSA NOVENTA teaches a great Afro Cuban class every Thursday evening – goes into the nuances of the Orishas in great detail  (Facebook link)   $12 a drop in 1.5 hours.  Let us know if you have more information…Open Dance Classes are held every Thursday at 8.15pm at Gotta Dance


24 thoughts on “Dance!”

    1. We would love some support from some of the travel website like yours that you just senT! we would also be happy to promote .Look out for next upcoming concerts in the works ..lots and lots of people attend from all backgrounds who love also travelling to Cuba !

  1. The Ilu Ladé school is inviting again 2 great masters of the famous and renowned Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba (CFN)
    Alberto Villareal Penalver, percussionnist and musical director of the CFN
    and
    Daisy Villalejo, renowned dance teacher at the CFN and at the center of folkloric dances of Havana…Yes she is coming back!

    All this for a special workshop of afro cuban percussion and/or dance: may 7-8-9 and may 14-15-16 2010

    In Montreal…not so far!!!

    ATTENTION : Places are limited so reserve early and pay less!

    send this information to all your friends …bring a friend and get a rebate!
    send us an email (ilulade@gmail.com), go on our website (www.ilulade.ca)or go on facebook (name: ilulade school of percussion)

    Hope to see you son in Montreal and if you need information for lodging, please contact me!

  2. BUSCANDO UN A MUJER CIRCA DE ST. CLAIR EN TORONTO. SU NOMBRE ES “BARBARA” Y ELLA ESTABA UNA BAILERINA CUBANA DE SALSA. ELLA TIENE UN NINA DE CUATROS ANOS. ENCONTRE LA MUJER EN CUBA CON SU FAMILIA EN SANTIAGO, Y QUIERO MUCHO PARA ENCONTRARLE, PORQUE QUIERO HABLAR, Y MAS IMPORTANTE, NECESSITO AYIDA PARA APRENDEERME POCO SALSA ANTES DE MI VIAJO DE CUBA. VIVO EN CUBA TODO EL INVIERNO, Y QUIERO MUCHO PARA VERLE. VOY A PAGAR PARA TU AYUDAR, UNA PROPINA…BASTANTE, POR INFORMACION QUE VOY A AYUDARME PARA ENCONTRARLE. GRACIAS, Y LO SIENTO POR MI POBRE ESPANOL.
    AH…ELLA TIENE MAS O MENOS 35-40 ANOS Y ELLA ES CUBA AFRICANA, Y SU NINA PIENSO HACE CUATROS ANOS. BUENO…OJALA!!!

    1. She is around I think ! we will try to get a message to her to reply on the site … I would not hand out anyone’s address or phone number out of respect for privacy and confidentiality .

  3. Buscando “BARBARA” la bailarina profesional de santiago de cuba. Ella estaba viviendo circa de calle ST. Clair W en toronto, con su nina de cuatros anos. Era un tenedor de libros en una compania, y tambien una profesora de bailando cubano. Ella tiene 35-40 mas o menos, y es una mujer negra con pelo largo, y comica tambien.
    Voy a pagar una propina para una persona que va a ayudar para encontrarle. Necesito su ayuda antes de mi invierno en cuba. Le encontre en Santiago de Cuba con su nueva nina en 2006, en la primavera, y ella me dijo que es posible un poco de ayuda con mi pobre habilidad a bailar salsa. jajaja. MI salsa es peor que mi espanol.
    Ahora, me nombre es Esteban o Steve, y me telefono es 705-835-1001 Gracias a todos. Y OJALA!!!

  4. hola yo aca me gustaria poder encontrar amigos que sean fanaticos de la salsa y poder aprender de y quizas cambiar varios tipos de discos o videos yo estoy aprendiendo y quiero que me encuentre a alguien con quien podamos hacer cambios …mi telefon es 01991393747.yo soy de lima peru y en el distrito que yo vivo se escucha la salsa de cuba y la de puerto rico saupaulo_13_74@hotmail.como agregueme

  5. HOLA JUAN ANTONIO ERES PERUANO QUE BIEN YO TAMBIEN SOY PERUANA RESIDENTE EN TORONTO DICES QUE TE GUSTA LA SALSA A MI TAMBIEN POR DONDE VIVES? Y EN DONDE VIVIAS EN EL PERU A LO MEJOR NOS CONOCEMOS JAJJAJAJ CHAO

  6. Hi gilani, we don’t have a mailing list. 2 ways to suggest to receive new postings….
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  7. @steve simcoe
    Hi Steve… we don’t have a mailing list.

    But even more trendy and modern is RSS feed. You can see it on the upper right of each page here.

    You can have all the new stuff from any number of sites delivered using a reader e.g. http://google.com/reader. You can set up your smart phone to see the same articles so you can read them there too. Keep dancing ….

  8. Great info!!! I’m planning on visiting Toronto soon and wanted to know about the casino salsa scene there. So, thanks a bunch!

  9. Hi! I just wanted to help in updating some info:
    * The location for Vladimir Aranda has changed so you should check by phone first (I don’t have it yet).
    ** Toronto Casino Rueda Practice is an advanced practice for experienced casino dancers. They are looking for a couple of good casino dancers (leaders) to join their team, even if they haven’t danced in rueda before. Passion and commitment are required, and there’s a lot of fun to be had! :)
    *** There is an open group that practices outdoors at the corner of Bloor and Spadina: Toronto Casino and Timba on fb, most Wednesdays 7-9pm southeast corner. Check there for events, sometimes there are changes on date and/or location. Wear layers of clothes, ’cause dancing gets us all warm even in the coldest weather!
    Hope it was useful! :)

  10. Also, Casineros Unidos, a group of experienced dancers (www.cudance.com) and Damidance studio are other alternatives for receiving instruction :)

  11. Hi there we are a Salsa and Bachata dance studio and we would like to let all of you know of our classes, we specialize in Casino Rueda and Cuban Salsa! Come check it out! Every Friday we have a Social starting at 9.30pm that starts with a Casino Rueda lesson for an hour and then Salsa and Bachata dancing all night!

    We are located on the Southwest corner of St. Clair West and Dufferin!

    1209 St. Clair Ave West!

    Feel free to contact us for class information or social information or for Performance information!

    http://www.socialdancespot.com

  12. I have a friend who is a professional dancer in Camaguey, I would like to bring him to Toronto, it seems the easiest way is by getting a job for him here. He has over 10 years experience. Can anyone give me some feed back on places that might be able to hire him in Toronto.

    thanks

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