Bailar! Dancing in Cuba

Crafted from African and Spanish influences, Cuban dance is well-known around the world: Son, Pilon, Cuban Salsa, Danzon, Rumba, and Cha Cha Cha, all originated in Cuba. Music and dance are an integral part of Cuban life and celebration, and children learn to dance pretty much as soon as they can stand by imitating those … Continue reading Bailar! Dancing in Cuba

Cuba

Cuba; I don’t even know where to begin. What an intriguing, complex and layered country.The people are friendly and welcoming, music is an ever-present part of life, boy can Cubans dance, and the beaches are white sand and turquoise sea. A bottle of ron (rum) is $2.95CUC, and cigars anywhere from about $4CUC upwards. However, … Continue reading Cuba

Get Up to Get Down

Mexicans are encouraged to dance from the moment they can stand. Dancing has been part of Mexican tradition since the country’s pre-Hispanic history and is an integral part of their history and culture. Every year in July the city of Oaxaca holds the immensely popular 2 week festival Guelaguetza, celebrating traditional costumed dance and music … Continue reading Get Up to Get Down