The Clave Chronicles

Cuban social dance: casino and rueda

September 07, 2023 Rebecca Bodenheimer
The Clave Chronicles
Cuban social dance: casino and rueda
Show Notes

Musicologist, dancer and educator Sarah Town joins Rebecca to speak about the history and evolution of Cuban social dance, specifically casino and a particularly intricate and complex style called rueda de casino, danced in a circle. These styles of dance have become a global phenomenon since the 1990s and the rise of timba, and there are many local scenes across the U.S. and around the world.

Check out this incredible clip of a rueda de casino group:

Songs played:

Las Alturas de Simpson
Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets
Abre Que Voy, Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
Esa Soy Yo, Elito Revé y Su Charangón
Para Bailar Casino, Adalbero Álvarez y Su Son
La Bailarina, Habana D' Primera

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Intro and outro music: "Bengo Latino," Jimmy Fontanez/Media Right Productions

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