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Workshops

During the festival more than 100 workshops will take place in the most varied styles (i.e. Salsa Cubana partner work, Afro solo work, Rueda de Casino, Styling solo/partner work…) on four different levels (open level for everybody, intermediate, advanced and dance teacher/master class).

Note: It is required to pass a masterclass audition to be ready to join our this years masterclass workshops!

And just as last year we offer you a seperate gym with many workshops around Bachata, Kizomba et al. The biggest choice of all times!

If you’ve got the energy to join every class of the weekend you can attend more than 14 hours of training in 2 days. But you stay 100% flexible – you can switch workshops or levels any time as you please during the whole festival.

Please note that we cannot guarantee for a dance partner if you register as a solo dancer. But it’s not necessary to register with a permanent dance partner. Usually you’ll find a willing partner right before the workshops in the gym. In the unlucky event there’s always and at any time a sufficient number of workshops for solo work (e.g. styling or Rumba/Afro).

Update 28.07.2018: Workshopplan V1 (subject to change)

Please note that the Intensives and the Beginners’ Bootcamp are separate schedule items that are not included in the regular workshop package.
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Workshop plan

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Use this graphical workshop plan as a first orientation. We are not updating this plan for any minor change. To have always the latest update available, we recommend to user our UNiDANZA app. For paper lovers we will of course have some printed workshop plans available at our information desk during the festival weekend.
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UNiDANZA app

With our new UNiDANZA app you will have all information - always updated - in your pocket. You can create your own agenda by marking your favorite workshops, you can follow your favorite teacher through the weekend, you can share classes with your friends and you can of course rate any lesson you joined. This will help us to improve the festival next year again!
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Salsa & Bailes Populares

Salsa con cubaton: Salsa in pairs with elements of Cubaton (Reggaeton) is to be able to interpret the music on the dance floor more freely.

Salsa con Rumba/Afro: Elements of Rumba/Afro enable you to dance more expressively in couple dance! Learn how, where and when to include them into Salsa.

Salsa Showstyle: Spectacular figures and movements to include in one’s own shows. Highlight for absolute Salsa Masters.

Salsa Nudos: Intends to convey the typical arm twisting figures of Salsa Cubana.

Salsa Romantica: Recommended for those who like to dance expressively to slow and romantice songs.

Styling: Special elements that may optically polish up the typical Salsa movements. A must for every Salsa dancer.

Salsa con dos mujeres: Favored mostly by men. Classical Cuban Salsa danced by one man and two women.

Son: Often called the precursor or “father” of Salsa. Son Cubano developed through the fusion of afro-Cuban drum rhythms and Spanish peasant’s guitar music. Son is rather slow and soulful and is danced contra tiempo.

Salsa Suelta: Is danced solo. It’s the way of enjoying music that you can see on Cuban concerts. Several people (mostly in line) dance the same steps.

Rueda de Casino: The most social way of dancing Salsa. Several couples join in a circle and dance the same figures and movements at the same time together at the disposition of a caller (“cantante”).

Rueda con dos mujeres: The funny version to Rueda. One man dances with two women at the same time in a Rueda.

Rueda pa’ fuera: Rueda, but not towards the center of the circle but outwards. Suitable for experienced Rueda dancer.

Rueda Trio Caliente: New, extremely funny version of Rueda in which in turns 2 leader dance with 1 follower or 1 leader dances with two follower.

Rueda Cruzado: Challenging version of Rueda in which every second couple dance on cue offset half a measure later.

Bolero: Bolero is a slow couple dance. It developed in Cuba at the end of the 19th century from Spanish Bolero and Danzón. But it has its own musical features. The first famous Bolero “tristezas” (“Sadnesses”) was composed by Pepe Sánchez in 1885. Calm, sentimental and sensual. The Rumba that is part of the International Latin Dances of Dancesport has its roots in Bolero.

Cha cha chá: It was invented in 1948 by Cuban violinist and conductor Enrique Jorrín while experimenting with Danzón. Distinctive for this dance are the quite open dance positions of the partners and the flowing and elegant movements. According to other rumors the dance was invented to help Europeans get into the correct beat of Son.

Bachata: Began during the 1960s as a version of Cuban, respectively Caribbean Bolero. Initially intended less for dancing, it was one of many styles of romantic, latin american guitar music played in a trio, comparable to the mexican tradition of Mariachi and mainly serving to entertain couples in love. Over time Bachata musicians were influenced by other styles like Merengue and increased speed: Bachata was understood more and more as music for dancing. Even if Bachata didn’t develop in Cuba, no Salsa party is possible to imagine without.

Cubaton (Reggaeton): A fiery mix with origins in Caribbean reggae music and western hip-hop. No dance partner necessary, but good physical condition.

Mambo: The result of a fusion between Son and Danzón. Primarily the supposedly Creole word meant a “religious conversation” or a sacred act. It comes from the African influenced Cuba.

Changuí: It is a fast version of Son from the eastern provinces of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo.

Danzón: European influence on Cuban music during the 19th and 20th century is most obvious in Danzón, an elegant dance version, that spread from Cuba over all Latin America and especially to Mexico. It has roots in European ball rooms. Cuban Danzón is slow and the dance position is quite close.

Kizomba: Kizomba means feast, shenanigans, dance, entertainment. It developed in Angola but has many enthusiasts in Europe since. Close, sensual, hot!

Zouk: Style and dance originally developed on the French Caribbean islands. The dance resembles a slow Lambada and features flowing, wavelike movements, the music is mostly slow and atmospheric.

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Afro & Rumba

Abakuá: Emerged as a secret society of slaves, Abakuá is one of the major religions (or cults) in Cuba today. In UNiDANZA we give a first insight into the dance ceremonies around Ìreme, one of the main characters of Abakuá.

Santería is the main Afro-American religion on Cuba. It masks its Orishas (Santería gods) with catholic Saints (Spanish: santos). There are ritual dances for the worshipping of the Gods that are on the one hand challenging but on the other hand full of energy. A perfect training for body isolation. At UNiDANZA we’ll deal with the following Orishas:

Yemayá (sea, birth, death), Shangó (war, strenght, masculinity, thunder and lightning), Eleggua/Eshu (streets, street crossings, doors), Obatalá (the Creator, peace, mercy, purity, wisdom), Oyá (winds, storms), Oggun (iron, minerals, forests).

The Afro Intro Workshops intend to convey the very basics of the Santería dances.

Afro Fusion/Afro Contemporary: A wild, dynamic and sensual mix of different dances and movements. All muscles will be used and good physical shape is required!

Arará: Rhythm and folk dance from the former kingdom of Dahomey (today’s Benin), that made it to Cuba via Haiti and is performed until today mostly in the eastern parts.

Makuta: Orginally a folk dance from Congo. On Cuba Makuta elements are performed during Palo ceremonies.

Mozambique was developed as the first „modern“ music after the revolution by Pedro Izquierdo in 1963. The name of dance and music is by the way misleading, there is in fact no connection with the African country of the same name. Today it is still quite often played and danced to in the Cuban street carnival.

Palo is a religious social dance (without dance partner), reflecting the expressive and rhythmical movements of farm work. The movements are common among Salsa and Reggaeton.

Pilón: Cuban style of music and popular dance from the 1950s, that are attributed to the Cuban band leader and singer Pacho Alonso. The rhythm of Pilón is based on the movements of manually stomping of sugar cane.

Rumba: A collection of Afro-Cuban dances, developed presumably between the 18th and 19th century on Cuba under African and probably Spanish influences. Guaguancó and Yambú are performed as an open couple dance (at this festival it’s solo work), Columbia is a pure solo dance (for men). Rumba Intro conveys all important basics.

Vodú belongs to the Yoruba tradition and was primarily an African religion that formerly came to the Caribbean by means of deported slaves. Drum rhythms and traditional tribe chants are the background for the dance. In the United States Rock’n’ Roll, Boogie and Jazz developed from the rhythms of Vodú.