A Message from Ken Delmar on his New Salsa Class

Dear Students:

This is about Cuban dance. Back in the 1980s, I was teaching ballet at Stanford University and we had a very unusual cultural exchange. The Danza Nacional de Cuba (Cuba’s folkloric dance company) came to Stanford for two weeks. During that time I studied daily and intensely with Manolo and Margarita, their lead dancers. I simply couldn’t believe how wonderful these dances were. I fell in love with them. I have been studying Cuban dance and music for 18 years. During this time, I studied with a real master, Roberto Borrell. Roberto was in Cuba during the 50s and 60s. He is the last generation of the old school. He is not only a great dancer but a great musician as well. He had his own orchestra in New York and California and is now creating a new orchestra in Peru, where he presently lives. Also I studied and assisted Alain and Ariel doing Salsa Cubana and Salsa Rueda. This added to my repertoire Cuban dances of a more recent generation.

The information I have gathered from Roberto and other Cuban dancers is not only divine, but is unique, rare, and of enormous value.

Few people have an intellectual understanding of this old school information. The information I have has historic importance and is being lost.

Once again, I would like to emphasize that this Cuban dance and music experience is so high; it is truly one of the most magnificent manifestations of beauty on earth. Also, I think you should know, that often, the way these dances are taught lacks focus on cultural simplicity and purity.

I have the method to teach these dances and would like to share it with you.

Tango is my ultimate calling but these Cuban dances are so much fun, the preciousness, joy and feeling of celebration are a great contrast to tango. Even though Cuban music and dances are different from tango, in actuality they are related. These dances will help your tango, especially in the quality in which you bend your knees and your appreciation of subtleties.

These are the dances I would like to share with you and are coming to Skyline College in January.

Your friend in dance,

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