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Timba Musicality for Rueda de Casino
Salsa Suelta: that's musicality
We've all seen the Cubans dancing at the stage... mostly Cubanas... working with the band... reacting note by note... phrase by phrase.
That relationship is usually closer than it looks even. The bands work with the dancers to express the moves in music, and vice versa... week after week... at places like La Tropical in Havana.
So there's a synergy... even a love affair... between the bands, and their dancers.
You'll hear timba musicians often express appreciation for dancers... but sorry... they mean the "salsa suelta dancers"!
Rueda de Casino: not so easy...
Nice rueda sequences are hard to call for most of us humans. On top of that, to respond, real-time, to timba's gear-grinding challenges... THAT takes a wizard.
So rueda with timba... too often, the two end up interfering - rather than reinforcing.
Unfortunately... what comes easy in salsa suelta, is a lot harder. To be dancing a "guapea" during a blazing horn mambo? That's like pouring water on the fire!
Eventually... that's a game changer.
Where the suelta dancer at La Tropical tunes in to the band... and vice versa... the rueda dancers learn to tune OUT the sudden gear changes of timba. The band may call "manos p'arriba", "camina", "cintura", "mambo"... how can the caller and the rueda be ready to respond on time? But most of the gear changes you hear are instrumental.
And if not...why subject your group to the challenges of timba... if you never respond? It doesn't feel good!
So, the rueda school may stop playing timba... and play calmer, simpler salsa.
But you don't have to quit the best dance music! This program makes it easy for any rueda group to meet the timba challenge... as they should!
CAVEAT: If your group is used to a dynamic caller... singout out and leading the moves in an exciting way... it's probably best to continue that. Use the calls in the program as a prompt... but CALL AND LEAD THE MOVES live too!
Eventually, dancers can adjust... and you may sometimes find that unnecessary.