Contrary to the popular belief of many dance aficionados who just like to be entertained by the sight of dancing, what happens on a dance show like “Dancing with the Stars” is very far from what actually happens on the social dance floor. This is my attempt to de-exotizice the dance of casino and ground it a bit more in the reality of the social dancer.
There is not a lot of writing on this one, but there is a lot of listening. The current story on Cuban music is a dichotomous one. On the one hand, there is timba; on the other, there is Buena Vista Social Club. Take a listen and be amazed by these songs which do not fall so clearly into this reductive binary. What’s more: try dancing to these songs!
In my experience, anyone who ends up getting themselves a bit deeper into the dance of casino, beyond the classes which they are taught at their academies, being by going to Cuban dance… Continue reading