Songo is a genre of popular Cuban music, created by the group Los Van Van in the early 1970s. Songo incorporated rhythmic elements from folkloric rumba into popular dance music.
Sombrero Doble builds upon the move Sombrero. After the first “sombrero”, the leader initiates a dile que no holding onto the followers hands and then redirects the follower into another vacila.
Learn rumba columbia patterns in this video lesson. Columbia is a fast rumba, in a triple-pulse (6/8, 12/8) structure, and often accompanies the standard bell pattern struck on a guataca (‘hoe blade’) or campana.
Setenta Miami is a foundational pattern combining the basic moves of vacila, enchufla and dile que no. In the San Francisco Bay Area this move is called “Setenta Miami” but in other regions this move is simply called “Setenta”.
Add variation to your tumbao by playing the congas “Changuito” style. Instructor Edgardo reflects back on his teacher and mentor José Luis “Changuito” Quintana.
Nicole Lazo and Chris Penales teach the back spot turn in this video lesson. Also known as the 180, this salsa move incorporates new footwork for both the leader and follower.
Learn how to add “flams” when playing Tumbao in this video lesson. A flam is a sound that is made from hitting your conga drum with both of your hands almost at the exact same time.
The Sunrise salsa move adds sexy hand and arm styling to this intermediate dance pattern. Practice the right turn and inside roll before learning this sequence.
Siete is a fundamental intermediate Casino or Salsa Cubana move where the leader redirects the follower similar to a vacila.
Learn how to spice up your tumbao “Patato” style in our latest conga video lesson. Instructor Edgardo Cambon opens up to 2 and 3 drums.
Combine the salsa left turn with a hand toss to create an advanced pattern known as the “left turn wind up.”
Doble Cero is an easy Salsa Cubana/Casino move that has the same footwork as Setenta and Sencillo. After the right hand turn, the leader lets go of the follower.