Cuban Salsa festivals and congresses
Original movements from Son and Rhumba, it is danced in Cuba, Miami and Nicaragua, but also popular in Europe and China; there are many dedicated small communities all over the world often organized to dance casino.
Cuban-style salsa (also called Casino) can be danced either on the down beat ("a tiempo") or the upbeat ("a contratiempo"). Beats 1, 3, 5 and 7 are downbeats and 2, 4, 6 and 8 are upbeats.
Cuban-style Salsa is danced in three points which makes up the circular motion as male and female dancers face each other in intricate patterns. This is disctinctive from the North American styles which is danced in a slot and linear positions.
An essential element is the "Cuba step" (also known as Guapea), where the leader does a backward basic on 1-2-3 and a forward basic on 5-6-7. Usually the fourth beat is not counted but is taken into consideration as the "Cuban Tap". The follower does the same, thereby mirroring the leader's movement. Another characteristic of this style is that in many patterns the leader and follower circle around each other.
The cross body lead is an essential step in this style and is referred to as Salida Cubana or as Dile que no in Rueda de Casino Dancing. This move becomes essential in the more complex caca derivative of Cuban Casino leading to the many moves of Rueda, or wheel dance. Here multiple couples exchange partners and carry out moves synchronized by a caller.
Cuban Salsa featured artists
Cuban Salsa events in May 2013
24 - 26 May Eventopeople Festival
24 - 26 May Festival International Bordeaux Open Salsa
24 - 26 May Connecticut Salsa Fest
(Stamford, CT, United States)
24 - 26 May Algeciras Baila
Cuban Salsa events in June 2013
7 - 9 Jun Morocco Salsa Contest "4ème édition"
7 - 10 Jun Salsa Vitamina Latin Paradise
7 - 9 Jun Somos Cuba Festval 2eme Edition
13 - 16 Jun Riga Salsa Festival
14 - 16 Jun Latino Festival Urbano
(Prague, Czech Republic)
15 - 16 Jun A lo Cubano! Cuban salsa weekend in Karlsruhe
21 - 24 Jun Cuban Salsa Festival Brighton
(Brighton, United Kingdom)
25 Jun - 1 Jul Croatian Summer Salsa Festival
28 - 30 Jun Salsa Stras' Festival
28 - 30 Jun Bizkaisalsa
Cuban Salsa events in July 2013
4 - 7 Jul Warsaw Summer Salsa & Kizomba Festival
5 - 8 Jul Summer Salsa Weekender
(Wigan, United Kingdom)
7 - 20 Jul Nordic Salsa Camp
11 - 15 Jul International Salsafestival in Hamburg
12 - 14 Jul Thessaloniki Afro Cuban Salsafest
12 - 14 Jul Tropical Afrocuban Salsafest
12 - 14 Jul Salsafestival Thüringen
(Bad Lobenstein, Germany)
18 - 21 Jul Freiburg Salsa Festival
18 - 21 Jul Salsa Dance Summer Festival
18 - 21 Jul Salsa Dance Festival
19 - 21 Jul Festival "Step in Dance"
19 - 21 Jul Tampere Salsa Festival
Cuban Salsa events in August 2013
2 - 4 Aug Estonian Salsa Summercamp
15 - 19 Aug Cuban Salsa Festival
19 - 25 Aug Timbalaye Festival Internacional De Rumba Cubana
23 Aug - 25 Sep International Bachata Festival Bachaturo
23 - 25 Aug Baltic Latino Congress
24 Aug - 1 Sep Salsa West on Beach 2nd Mission
Cuban Salsa events in September 2013
5 - 8 Sep SalsaNor's Rueda Congress
(Southampton, United Kingdom)
6 - 13 Sep Salsa festival Santiago de Cuba: Baila en Santiago
(Santiago de Cuba, Cuba)
12 - 16 Sep Salsa Festival International de Marrakech
13 - 15 Sep Havanna an der Ruhr
13 - 16 Sep Afro Cuban Salsa Fiesta
(Mundesley, United Kingdom)
19 - 22 Sep Salsamemucho
27 - 29 Sep Festival "Step in Dance"
27 - 29 Sep Barbados Latin Festival
Cuban Salsa events in October 2013
4 - 6 Oct Afro Cuban Dance Festival UNiDANZA
11 - 12 Oct SALSA CLUBBING SALZBURG 2013
11 - 13 Oct Stockholm Salsa Festival "A lo Cubano"
18 - 20 Oct Bachata me mucho!
25 - 27 Oct Australian Rueda de Casino Championship (postponed!)
Cuban Salsa events in November 2013
22 - 24 Nov 9th Tallinn Salsa Festival
24 - 29 Nov Baila en Cuba
Cuban Salsa events in December 2013
5 - 8 Dec II Festival Internacional de Bachata y Mambo de Madrid
6 - 8 Dec Congreso Afro-Latino
(Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Cuban Salsa events in March 2014
6 - 9 Mar Frankfurt Salsa Festival
(Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
* The highlighted events in this list are dedicated to Cuban Salsa, others feature it as an additional style.