Cuban Rhythms and Dance 1

When and Where

26 Apr 2019 - 5 Jul 2019 (10 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:30 - 19:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Homero Gonzales
Course code

What you will learn

Cuba has an outstanding dance culture, best known for salsa, but there are many others such as cha cha cha, mambo, bolero, rueda de casino and son. An introduction to the world of Cuban dancing, the passion and rhythms. VALUE ADDED ~ Your class includes 30 minutes of level one warm-up & 30 minutes of level one technique. From 19.30 - 20.00, you are also invited to stay on for an additional 30 minutes - FREE OF CHARGE - and observe and / or practise more advanced level skills together with Cuban Rhythms and Dance 2 students.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • To mix and improvise the different Cuban dance styles - Cachacha, Mambo, Reggeton, Afro Cuban Rumba, old Cuban rhythms like Mozambique, Pilon and Conga - according to the music.
  • Differ Salsa Rhythms from each other, to begin to 'feel the music'
  • Control the dance styles of each rhythm
  • Distinguish between quiet and dynamic parts in the song, and improvise with the learned steps

Class format and activities

Warming up with Reggeton, solo men’s and ladies styling and various Cuban Rhythms, Cuban dance styles – Cha cha cha, Mambo, Afro Cuban Rumba, old Cuban rhythms like Mozambique, Pilon and Conga, Reggeton - according to the music.

The group gets into couples. The tutor demonstrates routine. Students copy and learn dance steps, then improvise with styling and expression.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Preferably students should know basic steps of Salsa and Cha Cha Cha, however all levels accepted.

What you need to know before you enrol

Remember the dance routines from previous week. Maybe go through the routines throughout the week.

Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.

What you will need for your class

Light trainers
Women dancers may find wearing a soft-soled show with a small heel will improve their styling. As the teacher for advice on purchasing the correct shoes if you wish to do this

Boots and thick soled trainers are not suitable

Clothing should allow free movement, as this is an energetic class.

What you can do next

Join Salsa Level ‘Intermediate or Advanced’, where you will learn how to shine and impress the crowd in the dance clubs!