Cuba seeks to break the record of the world's largest "rueda de casino" today

Posted: 25-Nov-15 13:53

The traditional way of dancing salsa has gained adepts all over the world, but Cuba still claims to be the mecca for true salsa "rueda" dancers. For that very reason, Havana has called on the Guinness World Record officials to host a huge public performance today, 25th November, where hundreds of couples will be simultaneously dancing salsa in a "rueda de casino" style. The event is expected to count with the participation of over 560 dancing couples.

Cuba seeks to break the record of the world's largest "rueda de casino" today

More than 1,120 dancers have been invited to get together at the Salon Rosado de La Tropical in Havana today to set a new world record for a giant “rueda de casino”, an extended variant of salsa dancing. The street show is expected to be the largest of its kind and a chance to beat the Guinness World Record already imposed by Greece earlier this year.

For about 15 minutes, participants will dance following the commands of different leaders inside a circle formed by dancers themselves, who also make various corporal movements and change their partners several times.

The “rueda de casino” is not usually a previously coordinated dancing routine and the moves are never stage-managed, instead it consists of a spontaneous dance with well-synchronised movements that give the impression of a choreographed performance.

On June 2015 in the central Aristotelous square of the Greek city of Thessaloniki, a total of 1102 people simultaneously danced in a "rueda" for about seven minutes, consequently breaking the record previously held by Italy since 2010 which consisted of 706 participants dancing for 5 minutes.

For Havana´s ultimate “rueda de casino” organisers have selected four legendary musical pieces that are very popular among Cubans and which are frequently played in clubs and parties: “Somos diferentes”, by Juan Formell y Los Van Van (the biggest salsa band and orchestra in the Cuban history of popular music); “Baila en Cuba”, by Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco; “Somos Latinos”, by Adalberto Álvarez; and “Me dicen Cuba”, by Habana D´Primera.

Not only the rhythm, but the lyrics are evocative of people´s pride of being Latinos and Cubans. The tunes chosen for this “rueda de casino” will be played continuously, whit the purpose of making the dancers follow the music without stopping at any time.

The call inviting everyone who could to participate in this mega cultural event stated that the event was open to Cubans and foreigners alike and that everyone was welcomed to enroll in today’s world record-breaking “rueda de casino”, even if they weren’t professional dancers. When the announcement was made in October, many fans of salsa dancing showed their enthusiasm and eagerness to participate through various websites and social media. Different media have also reported that many nationals rushed to join the event in the offices available for registration.

The initiative is part of the fifth edition of "Baila en Cuba" (Dance in Cuba) taking place now in Havana and consisting of a week-long of special salsa events, workshops, classes and performances. This world meeting for dancers and casino/salsa academies kicked off in Havana last Monday 22nd November and will be on until Friday 26th November. It is hosted by the Agency for Cultural Tourism: Paradiso, and organised by the Musicalia Agencies, Clave Cubana, Commercial Lauros, Soy Cubano and Bis Music label.

Many tourists from around the world are drawn to this annual event and visit Cuba in order to attend salsa workshops, masterclasses and street performances programed as part of the Baila en Cuba festival. In this year’s 2015 edition foreign participants from around 13 countries are enrolled and expected to participate in the event’s various activities throughout the course of this week.


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