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SON CUBANO - Instructional Cuban dance DVD featuring José Carrión

by José Carrión

An instructional Cuban popular dance DVD featuring José Alfredo Carrión & members of Ballet Folklórico Cutumba de Santiago. Filmed live in Cuba in 2009; in Spanish with optional English voice-over.
Genre: Latin: Cuban
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José Carrión was the principal dancer & corps professor of Ballet Folklórico Cutumba de Santiago de Cuba. Born in Santiago, he began his career as a professional dancer in 1980 when he joined Cutumba at the age of 17. After 25 years of teaching & presenting both folkloric & popular Cuban dance, José retired from Cutumba. He now lives in the US, where he is the co-director of the Academy of Cuban Folkore & Dance in Seattle, Washington.

SON CUBANO is the third in a series of instructional Cuban dance DVDs to be produced by the Academy of Cuban Folklore and Dance. This DVD features detailed instruction on Cuban Son including the basic step with clave, turn combinations & tornillos. The DVD also includes a lecture, "Raices del Son", as well as demos & performances by Cutumba.

Dentro de la cultura Cubana, el Son es uno de los bailes de mayor arraigo, teniendo como regla las figuras que pertenecen a esta manifestación solamente. En este DVD, les brindamos la posibilidad de aprender y desarrollar, de forma teórica y práctica, todo lo relacionado a los diferentes formatos músicales y coreográficos que contribuyen al Son Cubano. Esta va dirigido a todos los amantes del Son Cubano, ya sean principiantes, intermedios y avanzados. In Spanish, with English voice-over option.


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Ann Reynolds

The Real Deal: Son Cubano
If you want to learn to dance Cuban son, this is the DVD to buy. It is rare to find any instructional video or even footage of this elegant Cuban dance style and this DVD has both. Son is the precursor to salsa dancing, but it has its own unique personality and style, so getting to see the real deal is a treasure.
And yes, this is the real deal. Jose Carrion, who instructs in this video, is a former principal dancer and corps professor with Ballet Folklorica Cutumba from Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is the city in Cuba where son developed in the 20s and son is still danced there.
The dance instruction in this video is very clear. First, the basic step and body position are clearly explained and demonstrated for male and female. A key element to knowing how to dance son is knowing how the basic step fits with the son clave (clave Cubano) and this is emphasized in the instruction. Then, Jose leads through many of the dance figures that are unique to son. Moves are carefully explained and executed with elegance by the two Cuban dancers. Body position and movements of male and female are easy to see and copy from this footage.
The video of the performance company Cutumba dancing son is also a treasure. The lead dancer in the first piece in the performance is “muy suavecito “. I could watch him over and over again. When he does the tornillos – the turns the man does while the women supports him – it is a jaw-dropper. To see these performances is to really see the heart and soul of Cuban dancing.
Finally, for those who also want a history lesson, the DVD includes a lecture on the roots of son by the musicologist, Ernesto Armiñan Linares.