The last salsa class this year

Tonight we meet 7pm at International Society.

It will be our last salsa class this year. We come back after new year. Visit our website soon. Many, many classes, parties, events and workshops after new year.

We organize groups for Cuba mi Salsa in Budapest and Festival Cubano in Bielsko-Biala. Contact us for more details.

Cuba Cafe Christmas Salsa Party

Becouse of Christmas Party there is no bachata class this week @ Cuba Cafe. 
During a party we will do small bachata show, so come to see us this Friday! 

Contact Cuba Cafe: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and tickets.

Monday salsa classes

Every Monday

La Suerte Dance School

Unit 5, Chancel Place, M1 2WB

6.00pm - Belly Dancing with Jenny - new 10 weeks course starts 28.01.2013

7.00pm - Bachata Sensual - New Course starts 21.01.2013

8.00pm - Cuban Salsa Advanced Class - Open Level

9.00pm - Reggeaton - Open Class

Open Level means that you can join the class on any Monday.

Class lasts for 55 minutes.

How much?

  • £20 / 4 classes
  • £15 / 4 classes (students)
  • Other options available (CHECK HERE)

If you are bored with dancing bachata like everybody else, bachata sensual is the class to join. We focus a lot on improvising with our bodies, when we lead and follow. It is a very challenging and extremly enjoyable class.

In cuban salsa advanced classes we will teach you not only routines in a couple but also how to understand cuban music, cuban body movements, elements of son cubano, rumba and more.

Reggeaton is now the most popular dance in Cuba. We can call it cuban hip hop. It is a mix of Hip Hop, R&B and cuban, latin flavours. Come and check us :)

Salsa and Bachata classes this week

This week schedule:

Wednesday:

Salsa at International Society

7.00 - Group A - 2 classes so far

8.15 - Group B - 1 class so far (you can still join this group!) 

 

Friday: 
There is NO BACHATA class at Cuba Cafe this friday (11th Nov). We go to Havana en Belgrado festival. Going back on Monday, so next week classes go as usual.

Important info

This wednesday there is NO CLASS at International Society becouse of reading week.

We meet next week 9th November - as usual. 

If you are in Manchester you can come to Cuba Cafe, both Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be there and after 9pm we will arrange social dancing / practise sesion. If you want to practise moves from previous classes - join us. 

Till 9pm Mo is doing his regular classes.

Friday bachata as always - 8.15 -beginners, 9.15 - advanced.

 

We added a new section to our website - VIDEOS. We will post there all the videos we record - moves from salsa and bachata classes, our crazy dancing in wierd places, movies from festivals and events we attend and more. Stay tuned :)

Salsa on Curry Mile - Manchester :)

Cuban salsa beginners level 1

Another chance for students to begin your salsa classes. This time we come to you. We meet at Trinity House Community Resource Centre - between Rusholme and Fallowfield :)

Learn how to shine on the dance floor, impress your firends at the party with fancy moves, gain confidence and abilty to move sexy :)

When?

Starts Tuesday 25th of October 7pm

Then every Tuesday 7pm

Class lasts for 55 minutes. Come on time.

Where?

Trinity House Community Resource Centre
Grove Close, off Platt Lane
Rusholme
Manchester
M14 5AA

How much?

First class is FREE. Come and check us out!

Then for a 4 week pass (one level):

  • £20 - Normal Pass
  • £15 - Student Pass

  • £36 - Normal Couple Pass

Or pay as you go: £6/class


Do I have to book?

No, but you do it on your own risk :) Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , send your name and date of this course. Room will handle a limited number of people, so you can make sure there will be space for you.

What should I wear?

Anything you find comfy (shoes!) :)

 

New salsa classes in Manchester

Cuban salsa beginners level 1

You want to begin your adventure with cuban salsa? This course is for you!

Learn how to shine on the dance floor, impress your firends at the party with fancy moves, gain confidence and abilty to move sexy :)

When?

You have a choice between two almost parallel courses:

Starts Wednesday 19th of October 7pm

Then every Wednesday 7pm

No more place available for 7pm!

OR

Starts Wednesday 26th of October 8pm

 

Then every Wednesday 8pm

Class lasts for 55 minutes. Come on time.

Where?

The International Society
William Kay House
327 Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PG
First Floor

How much?

First class is FREE. Come and check us out!

Then for a 4 week pass (one level):

  • £20 - Normal Pass
  • £15 - Student Pass

  • £36 - Normal Couple Pass

Or pay as you go: £6/class


Do I have to book?

No, but you do it on your own risk :) Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , send your name and date of this course. Room will handle a limited number of people, so you can make sure there will be space for you.

What should I wear?

Anything you find comfy (shoes!) :)


If you are not convinced yet check out our new crazy video - this time Stonehenge:

Hungary + Crystal Salsa Festival 2011

Today will be a bit about salsa and something about foreign cultures and people, all of that because of another European Salsa trip. We have been so lucky, that we could spend the first few days of September in Hungary and Poland.

I will start from the beginning. 2nd September – flight from Manchester to Hungary. If you’ve watched some of our previous videos you will have noticed a weird person appearing in the end of most of them. That’s Andreas - our half Greek, half Hungarian friend. He was the reason we decided to go to Hungary. We wanted to visit him and do some research about the salsa world in Hungary. We know how it looks in Poland, so we expected a similar level and attitude to salsa in this part of Europe.

It was a great pleasure to change rainy and cold Manchester for HOOOT! Budapest for a few days. The weather was amazing. Thanks to that we could go to some open-air parties. The first one was at Puerto club. Good music, good dancers. The day after we experienced a completely different dance. We tried Greek dance. Andreas has been doing it since he was a kid, so he showed us a few basic steps. It was an amazing event. It doesn’t matter if you can dance, or not. Everybody dances together to live music. We really enjoyed this night. In the end went to the biggest hill in the city where from we could see how Buda and Pest looks during a night. If you ever have a chance to see that it is more than recommended.

Coming back to salsa. Tuesday night we went to the same club, where we went to the Greek Party. Name of the club is Rio. We expected it will be at least as good as Perto, but unfortunately it wasn’t very good. Dancing level in Hungary is high, but music that night was terrible. It felt like Copa Cabana in Manchester – simply crap. It was a mix of old Puerto Rican and Colombian salsa mostly, few Berna Jam tracks and literally just a few good timba songs. What is cool… entrance to most of the parties in Budapest is free, people are younger than in England. Atmosphere is the same as in the other European cities.

Next day we spent inside a train. 11 hours journey from Budapest to Krakow through Slovakia and Czech Republic. We had to change in Katowice. We obviously used this opportunity to dance at the Train Station. It was very loud and we couldn’t hear the music, but another weird location added to our collection.

Last three days were the main reason of this trip – Crystal Salsa Festival (named this year Key Salsa Festival). It was the 5th edition of the event. In the past it was known as a line festival, but because of the huge number of people in South Poland dancing Cuban salsa, the organizers decided to expand the programme and do Cuban workshops with great artists and an open Cuban room during the party nights. The biggest star of the festival was Frankie Martinez – NY salsa dancer. Obviously not for us. There were few Cuban teachers announced – Yeni Molinet, Alex Carbo and Yunaisy Farray, Yoanis Tamayo, Ariel Rios and OlidaisyRizo Perez. Unfortunately because of some visa issues Yoanis couldn’t leave Cuba and join as at congress. He is great dancer and teacher, but was replaced very well by Alex.

Whole festival began with Thursdays preparty at Forty Club in Kraków. We danced there till the end of the night. Very good Cuban music was provided by Latin Project DJs – TJ Salsaero and Agent Tomasz. That night was only a starter to the main course – parties and workshops in Wieliczka. Wieliczka is small town just outside of Kraków. It is famous because of theSalt Mine, in which all parties took place. Yep… 125 meters under ground – two massive rooms, one with mambo and LA, second with Cuban music only… new timba, son with a bit of afrocuban and bachata. There wasn’t a lot of Cuban dancers, but thanks to that there was a lot of space to dance at the parties and during workshops. I can guess there were about 150 people, who joined festival because of Cuban salsa. Group of line dancers was at least 4-5 times bigger.

Friday night was the first festival night with Frankie Martinez and Abakua dance company show. It was kind of dance act. It took about 30 minutes, but to be completely honest I didn’t enjoy it. That night there wasn’t more shows. What’s more video recording was not permitted. What I didn’t like in this act? At first it was very, very long… and it didn’t tell any story. Dancers tried to present their amazing skills, which I believe are outstanding, but I really don’t like line dancing. It looks like there are only girls at the dancefloor. All males dance with weird manner – they move in a very feminine way. Probably there are a lot of people, who will not agree with me, but I am just giving my personal opinion.

We finished first night between 4 and 5 o’clock. After a few hours of sleep we attended the workshops. I started with son-cha class with Alex Carbo. He is amazing dancer. His style is pure, very masculine. The same day we had also Son, Rumba, Reggeaton and Cuban partnerwork classes. All of them except one were on very good level. It was the day we learnt loads. Tne one I didn’t like was Rumba with Ariel. He is very good dancer, but his teaching methods are terrible. Workshops were followed by another party. This time all artists presented their shows. Whole gala was based on news convention. Every single show was another news feature. Few of them were amazing. Especially contemporary dance by Clau& Luke and show by Swinguys. The second one was funny, entertaining, with some background, some story. For me performance like that is always the most valuable. That night Cuban dancers could present themselves as well. Alex and Yunaisy danced Afro Cuban, Yeni – Yemaya. These shows were good, but I wouldn’t remember them for long.

Next day Salsa Manchester crew started with another set of workshops. That day I went for Yemaya, Ochun and Oya by Yeni. I wanted to learn as much as possible about women’s orichas. I enjoyed this class a lot. Other classes were very good – salsa con afro free style, casino con rumba partnerwork. Only reggeaton with Olidaisy wasn’t the best. She presented a lot of ass shaking and that was it J

Sunday party – shows again and this time Swinguys performed something unusual. Another very good act was Zouk dance. It looks like we were bored with all line performances, which looked exactly the same… a lot of spinning, guys doing ladies styling and so on. I would forget about Olidaisy doing her ass shaking in show form. Yep… we could watch that as well. That was the best party from all four. We went a bit crazy, did a lot of crazy dancing. When we came back home we didn’t have a lot of time for sleep. Just few hours to plane and that’s how we finished our 6th festival this year.

In the end I can say it was a very good festival. Dancing level in Poland is high – it was definitely worth to go. Very good workshops, long parties and good weather (especially in Hungary). If next year the organizers will invite the same artists we will go for sure to see them again. I should say here that the price of this festival was quite high (about £100). Comparing to our next one it is almost double the price. And what is next? Belgrade, Serbia with Havana en Belgrado festival – 11– 13th of November. Almost all the same artists and a great band ManolitoSimonet y su Trabuco. Meanwhile I will try to write a bit about London Salsa Congress, Festival Cubano and Sierra Maestra Concert, we attended this year. Stay tuned.

Salsa Manchester goes to Cuban Salsa Congress - Bournemouth 2011

It won't be long post, because there is not to many good things I can tell about. Our expectations before festival should be huge, because of the names of teachers (Maykel Fonts, Alberto Valdez, Dawes Figeroa, Ariel Rios), but having in mind London Congress we decided to accept not expect. Unfortunately reality was worse than our predictions.

I will try to start with positives :). We decided to leave rainy Manchester for one weekend (6-8th of August) and travel to South – to Bournemouth. I have to admit that I am fan of Maykel Fonts and that was the main reason we wanted to take a part in this event. Classes with him are difficult to compare to any other Cuban Salsa experience. He is like Luis Vasquez for LA salsa dancers or Frankie Martinez for NY salsa dancers. Amazing skills and obviously great teaching methods. Sometimes when you go for salsa workshops is better to follow good teacher even on beginner level than choose higher level class with somebody else. We had pleasure to participate in Rumba and Chango classes with Maykel fonts.

I was very impressed with one Sunday class – Afro Cuban with Eloy Leyva from Clave Negra. Most of moves were based on Arrara. I really enjoyed this class. Another good one was Ogun and Ochun with Dawes and Teresa. It was surprise after their morning class, when they looked hangovered and during whole hour there was warm-up only – big, big, big disappointment. I liked Dawes classes in London. Here he came with different partner – Teresa (Ryada's sister - amazing dancer).

Now few unpleasant words. Most of teachers where were very, very lazy. I know them from other festivals in Europe and I have to tell that it is disrespectful to lower the level only because we are in England. This is the reason why probably I will never again go to any British Salsa Congress. Maybe after time something will change, but teachers like Ariel Rios or Alberto Valdez have already strong name on European salsa scene and even when they don't need to work on it any more, they need to do everything to not be forgotten in future.

I can't say a lot about parties, because we went only for Saturday One. I really enjoyed shows (some examples under this paragraph). Moe Flex successfully turned up crowd and there was really nice atmosphere. Dancing level very, very low comparing to other European events. I forgot to name one more person, that I noticed was very good dancer. His name is Nicola Medic, he comes from Serbia and his dance was impressive. He organizes Cuban Congress in Belgrade 11-13th November and we will definitely be there.

In summary it was weird weekend. We had few nice workshops and few very disappointing. We spent a weekend outside of Manchester, checked another Congress and we know where not to go next year. Next one.... Crystal Salsa Festival in Wieliczka (Poland)