In the suburbs of Santiago de Cuba, Yordi and her cousin, Yember (Yenni) Perez Escalona, took the dance floor while the well-known Los Dinamicos Group strummed their “Musica Tradicional” song “Como Baila Maria.” Wherever you are in Cuba, you are likely to hear Musica Tradicional or another type musical composition being played live in the background.
“Dancers are athletes of God.” Albert Einstein
And, shortly thereafter, you will see a woman or a man consciously or subconsciously start to move in a rhythmic tempo to celebrate the serenade. Who knows? Your instincts may take you to the same place and once you go there, there is no turning back!
Music is Cuba’s sole and dance is an expression of Cuba’s history, its diverse people and the sensuous beauty of the surroundings. In this video, Yordi and Yenna effortlessly move through a few impromptu steps that inevitably heat up as time goes by.
Do you prefer Yordi’s energetic translation of Como Baila Maria or Yenni’s more sultry interpretation?
Salsa is the popular dance style that is enjoyed around the world. It should be no surprise that the roots are traced to Cuban Son and more specifically to the magical beat of Son Montuno in 1920. From these roots, Salsa has exploded into cultures around the world. Today, we have Salsa New York style, Salsa Los Angeles style, Salsa Cali style, Miami-style Casino Salsa, Rueda de Casino and the famous Cuban Casino style.
It seems there is a bit of Cuban music and dance in every community around the world. The reason is simple. Dancers who love the Salsa adopt it to their environs and it then captivates the soul.
“Let us read and let us dance — two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” Voltaire
Salsa surged to prominence on the global dance scene when New Yorkers made subtle changes to the Cuban Casino Salsa in the 1970’s. The Salsa’s roots are from Cuban Son, Mambo and Cha cha cha. In the 70’s New Yorkers adopted aspects of the Cuban Salsa with other popular dance types like the Hustle and Swing dance to go along with the Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances Guaguaco and Pachanga.
The origin of the word Salsa is a subject of debate with the most prevailing theory that it stems from musicians calling “Salsa!” while they played their lively music.
Casino is derived from the Spanish term “Casinos Deportivos” or dance halls, which were frequented by Cuba aristocrats in the mid-20’s. When Cubans dance Casino, it is an expression of their culture, frame of mind, romantic inclination and mood.
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.” Dave Barry
How did Yordi and Yenni do? Let us know what you think.