VIDEO: Cuban Casino Dancing and the Chinese Caballero

Posted on March 15, 2010

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This is a video that I drag out a few times a year to give myself, and hopefully others, a break.

In describing the Cuban dance, Casino, many people say it is the Cuban form of salsa. But Casino’s strongest influences are a melange of many dances: rhumba, guanguanco, cha-cha-cha, pachanga, etc. If you did not learn Casino as a young child, getting the steps right will seriously test your sanity.  And, after learning the steps, you still must figure out what to do with the rest of your body. The last hurdle for the Casino student is mastering the turns which are some of the most intricate I’ve seen in any form of dance.

This is all to say that for someone who didn’t learn Casino until he was an adult, the Chinese man you are about to see  puts on one heck of a performance. His partner is Cuban and moves like one -graceful and athletic. They are performing at a dance contest in Cuba.  Keep an eye on the audience, which seems to  underestimates the man’s abilities in the beginning, as it shifts from polite applause to ecstatic cheering.

Take a few minutes, crank up your speakers and have a good time. Then, get back to the REVOLUTION!!

 

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