The dance is something that defines the Cuban. Its flavor (sabrosura) and its more traditional rhythms have transcended borders. On this route you will discover, traditional Cuban rhythms such as rumba, salsa, mambo, son, chachachá and so on, thanks to a professional dance teacher. This guided tour will help you discover the history of traditional Cuban dances from an academic point of view, besides letting you experience and learn steps and choreographies guided by experts in the field.
The Cuban rhythms are nourished by the contributions and influences of previous rhythms. Mainly, its African and Spanish features , form a musical melting pot where its authenticity lies. The first popular music performed in Cuba after the conquest was brought by the Spanish conquerors themselves, and it most likely sounded like the trendy Spanish popular music from the 16th century.
Thus, numerous foreign trendy dances such as French contradanza, the minuet, the waltz and others were introduced in Cuba. However, the new socio-cultural and geographical conditions led to a "criollization", both in music and dance. It seems that Punto and Zapateo were the first native musical genres of the Cuban nation. Its structural features have survived almost unchanged for a period of more than two hundred years.
The route begins in the Museo de la Música, located in the interactive room of the former Palacio del Segundo Cabo, in the Plaza de Armas, where you will learn the history of the most popular Cuban rhythms. In the museum you can have some fun while learning to dance, listening to different rhythms and guessing the sounds of musical instruments.
Our next stop will be at the Casa del Son. Here, you can enjoy a masterclass in traditional dances, mixed with more modern rhythms. You will have the possibility to learn, master and enjoy dances such as son, danzón, chachachá, rumba, salsa, rueda de casino and folklore. The fun is guaranteed.
Then, you will move to Centro Habana, to the Palacio de la Rumba. This site is a must for those who want to learn about the history of traditional Cuban rhythms and for those who also prefer to “echar un pasito” (give it a go). There, while toring around the premises, dedicated to the rumba, recently declared Intangible Heritage, you will be able to interact with professionals from the world of dance. In this kind of palace, there is an ancestral atmosphere which will invite you to dance and enjoy the best Cuban rumba.
The last stop will be at Callejón de Hamel, a space dedicated to Afro-Cuban culture. There, you can take part in a show about rumba and afro dances. During the performances you can take a close look at how Cuban dancers play the different orishas, each with the costume and the attributes that correspond to their divinity. They are also accompanied by an orchestra that sings and plays music. Once the show is over, you can join in dancing and enjoy a very pleasant inclusive atmosphere.
During the tour, do not miss to visit:
For lunch, we will stop at a "paladar" in the historic center, where you can taste excellent traditional Cuban fusion food.
All private field trips and city tours can be modified and adapted to the client's needs.
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