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.
Bookoo Rueda community practicas are a chance to come together, relax, and learn to dance through practice. Meet other dancers, learn something new and have fun. They are a combination of instruction, guided practice, and open socal dance time.
New Dancers come early! We go through the fundamentals of Casino and Rueda de Casino and call some basic Ruedas in the first hour. To jump in with the group on songs called after the 1st hour, you will need to have the basics down.
Remember its a social thing - bring refreshments and snacks to share.
7-10 PM Sun | Uptown $5
FPCNO 5401 S Claiborne Ave
Entrance is behind the church on Prieur St and we are upstairs in the fellowship hall.
6-9 PM Wed | Central City Free
Ashe CAC 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
There are 2 entrances. If we are not on one side, check the other.
Check the Calendar - We tend to move around!
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