- Casino Tradicional blog - Julio Montero and the Casino Tradicional school – they offer package trips to Cuba as well as classes. This is a blog!
- rueda.casino an educational site with rueda videos from Norway. Features a listing of the Norwegian Rueda Standard – a fairly comphrensive spec of rueda de casino moves created, updated and maintained by a collective of Norwegian rueda instructors.
- Salsa Yo – fairly comprehensize listing of salsa figures
- Salsa Forums
- Dance Papi – I found their videos really great for learning casino moves
- De Rad-draaiers - a database of rueda de casino moves from what looks like a very dedicated non-profit rueda group in The Hague, Netherlands – each move has useful metadata, primary video as well as other examples. Very impressive! This makes me want to visit The Hague.
- Salsa Selfie - interesting blog with thoughts and opinions as well information about casino figures....
- Son y Casino - great blog with thoughts and opnions on Cuban music and dancing
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- La Salsa Cubana – excellent documentary film about a Cuban rueda de casino group
- Cuban Fury - a comedy about an aging overweight British office worker (Nick Frost) with a suppressed childhood passion for salsa that comes back to the fore when he meets his new salsa-loving American boss (Rashida Jones). There’s a rivalry with a co-worker (Chris O’Dowd) for her affections, as well as some soul-searching about why and if he can rekindle his passion.
- El Catante – the Hector Lavoe story as portrayed by Marc Athony and Jennier Lopez. It’s a sad story, but a fantastic movie.
- Dance with Me – a dancer comes from Cuba to Houston to stay with his long-estranged father. Love interests and dance competitions ensue. It’s cliché but worth a watch.
- Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights – a young American girl with parents who used to be passionate about dancing moves to pre-revolution Havana where she is won over by Cuban culture and dancing and by a young Cuban guy. Class/cultural family conflict, steamy nights at dance clubs, and a dance competition that happens, through a striking coincidence, at the precise moment that the revolution was victorious ensue.
- The Black Roots of Salsa – despite what the title suggests, this is more a documentary on afrocuban rumba. Features interviews with prominent rumberos, as well as footage of dancing and drumming.
- Street Dance 2 – a street dancer seeks to beat out the competition in Paris, France by forming a cutting edge crew. What gives them the edge? Salsa! Questionable movie, but with fun street and salsa dancing parts. The salsa is choreographed by Maykel Fonts, who also has a bit part as “Lucien”
- Feeling con cajon – EGREM DVD featuring a jam session with top Cuban musicians from various genres and generations including Emilio Veras (El Niño y a Verdad) and (one-time) members of Los Van Van, Pupy y los que son son, Charanga Forever, etc.
- El Niño documentary - EGREM DVD documentary about Emilio Veras and El Niño y la Verdad.
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- Baila Habana – An organization that claims to pay 80% direct to the teachers. I signed up for two hours of lessons. The organization was very good and the administrator/owner Sabine was friendly, professional and helpful as were the teachers/admins that I met in Havana. I was so happy with my teacher Vivian that I asked her to continue with another two hour lesson the same day. Had I not been leaving town I would have continued on with additional lessons. Very good location, very good attitude and teaching. I recommend this school.
- La Casa Del Son – friends have had good experiences here but I did not. I thought I had signed up for two days of lessons through their website but when I showed up in Havana they had no record and no interest in apologizing or helping me sort anything out.
- Casino Tradicional – Associated with Julio Montere who also does 7 Days in Cuba package tours. I believe they have a school in Habana classes or can hook you up with lessons. Recently collaborated with Elito Revé and the Proyecto rueda de casino group on the Cuba Baila Casino video
- 1830 - is open again with a weekly program of music and dancing
- Cheverie – the best of the venues our group went to and where the 1830 scene had moved while it was under renovation – at the time they had founders of rueda night on Thursdays, other things happening on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We saw El Noro y Primera Clase there on a Saturday night. A short walk from there to the Casa De Musica Miramar or Fabrica Del Arte. Good drinks, decent food, a beautiful outdoor venue, great dancers. This was an excellent choice at the time, now that 1830 is open again, I’m not sure what the programing would look like.
- Industria 8 – a small basement bar with dancing in central Havana - entrance includes a drink. I found it hot, cramped, etc. Not to my taste but others like it.
- Inglaterra Hotel rooftop – a bar with dancing and mellow son bands on central park.
- Bule Bar 66 – our group did not go there so I cannot vouch for it, but people said they liked it a lot
- Hotel Florida - A hotel on Obispo with dancing – hot, can be cramped and not an awesome sound system- $5 entrance includes a drink
- Tablao – near central park - was closed so our group did not go there, I cannot vouch for it
Havana live music and dancing
- Cheverie – dancing may be more the focus, but they do have good live bands – we saw El Noro Y Primera Clase there on a Saturday night.
- Casa de Musica Miramar – maybe the best venue for live timba bands and also good for dancing. Powerful A/C, good cheap drinks, attached BBQ restaurant is good, amazing sound system, spacious. This is the place to be in Havana.
- Habanaciendo “piano bar” at Casa de Musica Galliano – the Casa de Musica on Galliano may be closed for renos and so this is a smaller related venue just around the corner and up a flight of stairs – reputable names like Bamboleo, Azucar Negra, Ivan El Hijo De Theresa, Timbalaye, etc. and resonable admission prices ($5 CUC)
- Cafe Catante Mi Habana – I found a hard time getting good listings but saw some good shows here such as Haila in the past. In a basement on revolution square
- Delirio Piano Bar – in the same building above Cafe Catante Mi Habana – again I found it hard to get listings but saw good bands such as Maykel Blanco here in the past
- Olala – only heard about this after I returned from Havana but they have lisings with top names like Los Van Van. Will definitely keep an eye out for this club if and when I return
- EGREM studio patio – on San Miguel in central habana near-ish to Galliano walking towards Vedado. I only discovered this after it was too late for me to catch a show, but they were offering son and rumba etc shows. Looks good.
- Salon Rojo – just across from the Hotel Nacional. I was hoping to see El Noro y Primera Clase here but when we showed up it turned out to be Alan Daniel instead. A beautiful venue with powerful A/C, good cheap drinks, food smelled good, and the sound system was good. Spacious. We paid $5 CUC. I would keep an eye on this place if and when I return
- El Paparazzi – not sure if they are doing shows, but if so sounds like it is worth checking out
- Dale Play Bar - not sure if they are doing shows, but heard that it could be a good spot
- El Sauce – not sure if what is going on here, but heard that it may be good
- Casa De Musica Vedado – I’ve heard that this is more for kids (maybe electronic music?) but would be worth looking into
- Fabrica Del Arte – not really a timba venue, but we caught Tony Avila there and it was a wonderful time – art/theatre/music/dance/drinks/food/shopping
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Around the world
This is where I live, so I have a fair bit of information that warrants a whole page
I found the scene in Paris to be unbelievable. I went out to a different Cuban salsa night pretty much every night of the week. I found this listing to be invaluable: https://salsa.faurax.fr/index.php/Paris
https://www.danielebesana.com/blog/salsa/dance-salsa-amsterdam – I had an awesome time at a Cuban rueda lesson and social at Studio 100, having hard time finding a good link but here’s something that might get you on the right path http://www.salsa-amsterdam.nl/Locations/Studio+100
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Salsa/casino/timba dance and music festivals, congresses, etc etc
- Ritmo Cuba in Havana
- Baile En Cuba - Cuban dance and music festival with 6 days of concerts by top names, classes and workshops
- Croatian Summer Salsa Festival – workshops, parties, cruises, concerts, big name musicians and dancers – this looks like an awful lot of fun!
- Guaguanco Festival
- Mamboland Montreal
- Salsa Rueda Festival in San Francisco
- Montreal salsa convention
- Montreal’s Festival Culturel Aché-Wilimere
- Rueda Fest - in Brighton UK
- Calle de Timberos in Wroclaw, Poland
- Rueda Congress in Bergen Norway
- Festival de Salsa, Bachata et Kizomba de Québec
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