Son – The Father of Salsa

Son – The Dance

A popular Cuban couple dance corresponding to a music genre by the same name that was initiated in the 1920’s. Much of what the salsa music and dance today is due to developments taken from the Son dance. But while there are similarities there are some differences. The music is slightly different giving a strong accent to the off beats. Many songs you might consider salsa are actually Son, and a dancer with a careful ear should know it is time to dance Son rather than Salsa. The dance itself has similarity to Salsa, but it much more formal and elegant and includes some elements that are seen in Salsa not as often.

The course will mostly focus on Son Moderno, a version of Son that promotes more equal interest between leaders and followers. Learning this, you will enrich your understanding of the Cuban music and culture, and be able to dance to many songs that are actually Son and not Salsa. But more than that, improving your Son means also improving your Salsa. Much of the elements and elegance that are characterizing Son can be easily translated to Salsa.

I have to leave you with the famous Son song that everybody loves, Chan Chan by Social Buena Vist Club:

The course

The course includes 7 lessons, going through key principles and elements of Son. The course, for the most part, will stress practicality and will focus less on pre-made choreographies. At the end of each class, there will be time to practice the newly learned material to build confidence in the dance.

The first class will focus on the musicality of Son and how to dance “Contra Tiempo” (On 2). It is one of the biggest challenges of the dance, and therefore we recommend not to miss the first class (even though we will briefly review this part each class)

Your teachers for this course will be Ido & Maria.

The Details

Time: 7 Weekly meetings, Wednesdays 20:00-21:30, starting at the 12.9.18 and finishing at 24.10.18 (one time  on the 6.10 19:30 instead of 3.10.18)
Schedule: 7 Weekly meetings, 90 minutes each
Location: First Floor Studio – Prenzlauer Promenade 189, 13189 Berlin
Course Price:  105 Euro (Until 18/08),  115 Euro (Until 29/08), 120 Euro (until the start of the course)
Drop-ins Price: 18 Euro per lesson. ( better to contact beforehand to ensure availability)
Promoter Discount: If you bring 2 new students – 25% off, 3 new student – 50% off, 5 new students – free of charge.

  • The number of participants is limited to 20 students, if you want to ensure your place please sign up in advance.
  • The course will open with a minimum of eight participants.

Who is it for?

Son is considered a bit harder to learn than salsa as it requires control and a deeper understanding of timing, music, and precise movement. While anybody can join without any prior experience if they are invested, it is highly recommended to have some confidence in Salsa (doesn’t matter which kind) before approaching Son. Typically it is recommended to be at least intermediate level dancer in Salsa.

Why is the course so long? / I cannot commit to all period

This particular course allows drop-ins. However, this is a concern I hear a lot in Berlin and I’d like to address it. As a teacher, it is important to me to see that my lessons have contributed to my students. One time workshops are not very effective, and for that reason, I highly encourage signing up for the whole course. The course also builds up a knowledge base, so while drop-ins are welcome, I cannot guarantee to go through previously learned material more that is reasonable for someone that attends the entire course.

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To sign up or for any question, You can contact me through email or via phone 01763-444-9686