As a society, we offer a variety of different forms of Salsa/Latin dances. Here is a brief description of each dance type that we offer so you can get an idea of what may be the best fit for you!
Cuban salsa (Or casino) originated in Cuba in the 70’s. It is a flowing circular dance, as contrasting with Crossbody which is much more linear. It follows classic Latin rhythms, with breaks on the 4th and 8th beats, with greater emphasis on the 1st and 5th.
Rueda de Casino
Rueda (‘Wheel’ in Spanish) is a subset of Cuban Salsa, but danced as a group in a circle, with frequent partner switching and moves requiring the whole group.
We offer Rueda lessons every Monday 7-9PM in The Wild Lime bar (located on Portswood Road), taught by Craig Dolder. We offer both beginners level for those who have never danced Rueda before, and intermediate lessons for those who want something more challenging.
Please note: As Rueda is based on Cuban Salsa, the lesson works on the principle that students already understand the fundamental basics of Cuban Salsa. If you are a complete beginner to the scene, we recommend attending a few of our Cuban Salsa lessons before trying out Rueda.
Crossbody salsa (or LA) originated from north America, following Cuban immigrants. It follows a much more linear pattern than Cuban, but keeps the same basic steps and beats. It is popular throughout out America and Europe, and is the more common dance taught.
Bachata is a different Latin dance, with steps on all 8 beats. It originated in the Dominican Republic and has been popularised across the world. It is a very sensual dance, with many body isolations.