Past Meetup

Culture Exchange + Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino Class!


Have you ever tried Salsa? How about CUBAN salsa? Now is your chance to learn this exciting and fun dance! On Wednesday, March 6th, we are offering a Cuban-style Salsa TOTAL BEGINNER introduction class! The class will start its curriculum from scratch, will be in a dance studio, and will be kept comfortably small to facilitate learning, so IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU HAVE NEVER DANCED! Also, having a partner is not required as we constantly rotate during the class. This format gives you the opportunity to practice your steps with various partners and prepares you for the social dance scene in a safe and pressure-free environment!

The teachers, a male and female, teach progressive levels of Cuban Salsa Partner work, also known as Casino and Rueda de Casino - an interactive group dance where there are constant partner exchanges with fun patterns executed in unison!

March session of Cuban Salsa begins this Wednesday, 3/6!

Wednesdays (March 6-26th):
7:00-8:30pm Beginner Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino - Level 1
This class is for absolute beginners with little to no dance experience and will allow you to develop a strong foundation in Cuban Salsa in an extremely fun, stress-free atmosphere. In each 90-minute class of the four week series, students focus on developing dance fundamentals including rhythm, coordination, balance, and the specific technical aspects of Cuban Salsa, including basic steps and turn patterns, partnering technique, and the fundamental motions of Casino and Rueda de Casino. Students will also learn social dancing etiquette, floorcraft, and partner safety in an extremely warm, relaxed, social and fun environment. If you can walk, you can do this, so let your friends with two left feet know!

-For FIRST TIME members & their guests, 1st Class: ONLY $10, 50% OFF!!!
Normally $20 Drop-In!
-Level 1 full month package of 4 classes: ONLY $60 4 classes for price of 3!!!

Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue between 36th & 37th Streets
16th Floor, Room 16G
*Can't find our room? Call 908-601-3415 and we'll point you in the right direction.

All classes are taught by both a male, Chris, and female, Reina, so women can easily follow another woman while men are following a man at the same time! They have over 12-years of training, teaching, performing, and traveling to Cuba to collaborate with the very best in the Salsa world. Feel free to contact them at any time for additional info or if you have any questions.
Chris: / 908.601.3415

Video links of our group doing Rueda de Casino:

**For those with previous experience dancing Casino, here are our additional class offerings on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (Starting on Tuesday, March 5th)**

Intermediate - Level 2 & Intermediate/Advanced - Level 3

Wednesdays (March 6-27th): Ripley-Grier Studios
8:30-10:00pm Intermediate Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino - Level 2
This progressive, 90-min class is geared for those that have danced Cuban Salsa and/or Rueda before and allows you to further solidify, fine-tune, and expand upon the basics covered in Level 1. Here is your opportunity to refresh all of the beginning motions at a pace that is comfortable for you while further building a solid foundation in this exciting, interactive, and fun dance. This high-energy class focuses on combinations, leading and following technique, group moves, styling, body motion, and fun salsa suelta footwork. By the end of the 8-week sequence, you will have all the tools necessary to get out on the dance floor and be fun, fluid, and spontaneous with everything you've learned. *For those that register for Level 2, Level 1 is included as extra practice, free of charge, in your monthly package.*
Sample Video:

Tuesdays (March 5-25th): Pearl Studios
7:00-8:30pm Intermediate-transition-to-Advanced Cuban Salsa - Level 3
This progressive series serves as a bridge class for intermediate dancers who have already completed Level 2 and are ready to step up their game. The focus is on technique, as we will provide you with insights on what advanced dancers are constantly attending to while engaging with their partner. Each 90-minute session is broken down into 3 parts - Suelta (Footwork & Movement), Casino (One-on-One Partnering), and Rueda - all danced to rhythmically dense Timba. By the end of this 8-week series, you will be equipped with all the necessary tools to make a seamless transition into the advanced level. *For those that register for Level 3, Levels 1 & 2 are included as extra practice, free of charge, in your monthly package.*
Sample Video:

Location: (Class meets across the street, one block south from our Wednesday location)
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue between 35th & 36th Streets
12th Floor, Room 1215
*Can't find our room? Call 908-601-3415 and we'll point you in the right direction.


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