El Rincón de La Salsa Cubana welcomes everyone to dance

From her birthplace in Havana to West Seattle, Salsa Cubana is living and thriving in Puget Sound.

SEATTLE – Salsa Cubana is living and growing in Puget Sound from its birthplace in Havana to West Seattle.

Born and raised in Havana, Yasiel Calderón got into the dance style thanks to his mother Olga.

Calderón started dancing in the “underground” Salsa Cubana scene and watched countless people dance. While he also takes classes, Calderón says you never know every step because of improvisation. That’s his favorite part about the dance.

During a visit to Cuba in 2018, Clari Ricco-Delahaie in Seattle met Calderón. She was very surprised.

While getting to know Calderón, her views on Cuban culture and dance changed.

“I’ve definitely been to salsa dancing in the US before, but never experienced it the way I did in Cuba,” Ricco-Delahaie said. “The dance is so different. Their music is different. They dance with so much passion, so much soul.”

MIRA: Yasiel Calderón comparte su pasión para bailar y la historia del Rincón De La Salsa Cubana.

(Clock when Yasiel Calderón talks about his love of dance and how El Rincón De La Salsa Cubana has begun.)

Salsa Cubana’s history is profound.

Salsa Cubana combines elements of Spanish guitar playing with the rhythms and call-and-response vocal traditions of African music. The “son” or “Cuban sound” began in rural eastern Cuba before reaching Havana in the early 1900s.

For a time, Calderón learned more about Salsa Cubana and other dance forms while in Santiago, Cuba. His passion for teaching grew, and he even started competing.

Calderón and Ricco-Delahie started El Rincón de La Salsa Cubana as an AirBNB experience in Havana before bringing their business venture to the United States. Their first plan was to open their dance studio in the Bay Area, but the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has thrown those plans into disarray.

The next stop will be back to the Seattle area, which Ricco-Delahaie calls home.

More than a year ago, the couple opened El Rincón de La Salsa Cubana on Alaska Street Southwest in West Seattle.

Ricco-Delahaie said it has partnered with two other businesses – Move2Center Studio and VivaArts – as they ramp up their escape from pandemic restrictions.

In addition to classes and private lessons, members of El Rincón de La Salsa Cubana are excited about their regular “society nights” events.

Ricco-Delahaie says the nights are the perfect opportunity to try Salsa Cubana, listen to music from authentic Salsa Cubana artists and learn about other dance genres.

“I don’t have to be the best in the ring,” says Ricco-Delahaie.

The next gig is on October 22. Social dance nights are held from 8 to 11 p.m. at VivaArts in West Seattle. There is free parking on the north lot of the building. The first half hour includes a dance lesson before the dance floor opens for the rest of the evening.

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https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/west-seattle-dance-studio-salsa-cubana/281-9c0f549e-beb8-4271-b8ef-caaf9058aa06 El Rincón de La Salsa Cubana welcomes everyone to dance

Edmund DeMarche

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