Cuban Traditions Dance


Our Cuban Traditions classes are intended to introduce dancers to new, rarely-seen forms of Afro-Cuban/Cuban-Style dance and provide them with a new avenue for self-expression. This class consists of a warm-up with a concentration on fundamental movements, body isolation, and sweat-inducing exercises along with movement vocabulary for various dance forms. 

  • Timba Libre: Freestyle footwork steps to Timba music of several Cuban rhythms, including Timba, Salsa Cubana, Casino, Afro Cuban & much more. Get ready to sweat! We highly recommend you already know your Salsa timing on 1 to participate. Not recommended for absolute beginners.
  • Rumba: One of Cuba’s most celebrated forms of music and dance. The genre is energetic and soulful, using conga drums, claves, maracas, scrapers, and bells. When you listen to rumba, you can’t help but start to dance! *Cuban rumba is not the same as American ballroom rumba (or rhumba) but inspired the popular ballroom dance category.
  • Son Cubano: Son is the predominant musical force in Cuba and the symbol of the island. It has been most popular dance before the Cuban Revolution (1959).
  • Yoruba: Most movement in the Afro-Cuban dance tradition comes out of the African religion known as Yoruba. In this, touching while dancing is rare except in special circumstances.
  • Congo/Arara: Its traditions come from the Bantú people of Central Africa (particularly from Congo). The Bantú represent the majority of African slaves coming into Cuba during the 17th and early 18th centuries; Drums and hand rattles are used in this music, which is based upon communication with ancestral spirits, the dead, as opposed to the Orishas. Arará music is characterized by particular percussive styles, including drumming, hand-clapping, and body percussion.

Are you ready to sweat?

Drop-Ins are available. Call 312-427-2572.
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Instructor Highlight: Edson was born in Cuba and graduated from the highly regarded Escuela Nacional de Arte in Dance in 2005 and got trained at the National School of Art in Havana … Scroll down to read more about the instructor.

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Cuban Traditions Dance Group Class in Chicago

Immerse Yourself in the Rich Cuban Dance Heritage

Experience the Vibrant Rhythms of Cuban Traditions in Chicago

Indulge in the captivating world of Cuban dance traditions with our group classes in the heart of Chicago. Step into the rhythm and culture of Cuba as we bring the vibrant essence of this incredible island nation right to your doorstep. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a beginner, our Cuban Traditions Dance Group Class is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Cuban music and movement.

Learn Authentic Cuban Dance Styles from Expert Instructors

Master the Passionate Moves of Cuban Salsa, Rumba, and More

Led by experienced instructors who have dedicated themselves to preserving and sharing the authentic Cuban dance heritage, our group classes offer a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses various Cuban dance styles. From the fiery and energetic Cuban Salsa to the soulful and expressive Rumba, you’ll learn the unique techniques, footwork, and styling that make each dance style distinct.

Our expert instructors will guide you through each step, helping you build a strong foundation while encouraging creativity and self-expression. Whether you want to enhance your dance skills or embark on a new cultural adventure, our Cuban Traditions Dance Group Class is the perfect platform to elevate your dance journey.

Join a Lively Community and Experience the Joy of Cuban Dance

Connect with Like-minded Individuals and Celebrate Cuban Culture

Dancing is not just about the steps; it’s about the connections and community we become a part of. By joining our Cuban Traditions Dance Group Class in Chicago, you’ll become part of a lively community that celebrates the spirit of Cuban culture through dance. Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for Cuban traditions, forge new friendships, and experience the joy of dancing together.

Our dance classes provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels can come together to learn, grow, and have fun. As you explore the vibrant rhythms of Cuban dance, you’ll find yourself swept away by the contagious energy and camaraderie that permeate every class.

Additional information

Pick your Rhythm

Cuban Traditions: Son Cubano Desplazamientos, Cuban Traditions: Rumba Guaguanco, Cuban Traditions: Timba Libre Footwork

Class Day/Time

Wed 6:50 – 7:35 pm, Wed 7:40 – 8:25 pm, Wed 8:30 – 9:15 pm


December 4 – December 31