How to Improve Your Casino Dancing Experience: Overcoming Turnpatternitis

When it comes to dancing, for most people it all seems to be about how many different turn patterns they can do and learn. Little do they know that some turn patterns really do not fit within certain sections of a song. This piece attempts to explain why this is.

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The Dance of Casino: A Brief History and Definition

Just in case you’re curious about where casino comes from, and how it got started.

The Afro-Cuban Turn of the Dance of Casino

The dance of casino did not develop from the Afro-Cuban dance tradition. Yet, at many Cuban dance events you will find workshops which seek to combine casino with Afro-Cuban dancing. This piece explores why.

Salsa or Timba? The Case for Son

re salsa and timba really that different? If so, why can we dance casino, or salsa, to both? The argument that I try to make here, by using the help of ethnomusicologists taking a closer look at the music that has been produced since the 1930s, is that son music might just be the missing piece in this puzzle.

ON THE MUSICAL DIVIDE BETWEEN SALSA AND TIMBA AT CONGRESSES, CLUBS, AND DANCE SOCIALS; OR “WHY SALSA DJS WON’T PLAY TIMBA AND TIMBA DJS WON’T PLAY SALSA”

[restrict userlevel=”subscriber”] On my first day of visiting Boston, my friends and I headed out to this place called “Havana Club,” where they play your typical “salsa” music. Upon arrival, one of the… Continue reading

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