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!
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