Dance is a universal language. It is also an expression of and an integral part of a culture.
To begin to understand the dance, experiencing the culture is key. We invite you to explore different aspects of Cuban and Louisiana culture, their connections and their expression through dance.
We strive to keep dance spontaneous, fun, an expression of the moment and of who you are. We mostly dance Casino and Rueda de Casino, including other Cuban dances, regional dances, and different Caribbean rhythms.
What is Casino?
Casino is an elegant, yet seductively playful dance. Some people refer to it as Cuban Salsa. Others argue that the dance and the music are distinct from Salsa. The name comes from Cuban dancehalls, called Casinos and it is usually danced to a polyrhythmic style of dance called Timba.
Rueda de Casino?
Rueda de Casino is Casino danced by pairs in a circle where there is a 'cantante' or caller leading the circle. It is a game of call and response, where the cantante calls the moves and the group responds in unison.
It originated in Cuban dancehalls in the 50's and was popularized worldwide in the 80's by a TV show, A Bailar Casino. Present day, there are Rueda de Casino teams and group throughout the world and several large festivals dedicated to Cuban dance, in particular Rueda de Casino.
Join us at weekly, monthly, quarterly and random social dance events. Meet other dancers, learn something new, let it all loose and just dance.
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Dance Out Loud
Our weekly community practica is a chance to come together, relax, and learn to dance through practice. It is a combination of instruction, guided practice, and open social dance time.
Sundays 8-10 PM Uptown
It's a mid-week Cuban dance party! Drink, Dine, and Dance at Flambo in the French Quarter. 3 blocks in from Esplanade. Free parking after 7 PM. Cuban-inspired menu, drink specials and, of course, dancing!
Wednesdays 8-12 PM French Quarter
Every month we take Cuba to the dance floor at the Ace Hotel New Orleans. Join us at Three Keys lounge. Live music with Margie Perez & Muevelo. No cover! Dance with Bookoo Rueda when the doors open at 9 PM and tear up the dance floor with Muevelo until 2 AM. See News & Events for the next dates.
Who can join?You can. Team members can start at any level. When you request to join, we will contact you to talk about your goals and ours to see if it is a good fit and when best to start.
Will I be performing?
Not right away and only if you want to. Our emphasis is on developing dancers who can keep it spontaneous and in the moment. We work toward keeping a core team ready for performance level demonstrations at any time.
As you work up to that level, you will be able to join in on demonstrations, performances, and event bookings or you may choose to just jam with us for fun.
BenefitsYou get all the same perks as community members, plus 4 hours of instruction and practice time each week and additional resources. You can also sign up for individual sessions in the hour prior to practicas as often as you like.
Practice TimesSun 6-8 PM and Wed 7-9 PM
They intentionally overlap with community Practicas. Additional times may apply if you sign up for a performance or special projects.
Team DuesGeneral $40/month
Full Time Students $25/month
Volunteer Rate $10 + 10 hrs/month
Ready to join? Sign Up