Cubana Ljubljana always connects with the best Cuban salsa teachers and brings them to Ljubljana, may it be through workshops or Manana festival which is coming up in few months. This time they wanted to bring two of the top Cuban dancers on the scene, but in the last moment one was denied boarding on the plane. No worries, one of them did make it to Ljubljana and gave us knowledge and insight for the two of them.
We were so happy to welcome Osmani Segura back again, as he is not only an awesome dancer and performer, but also an incredible teacher that doesn't just give you the steps and technic behind the moves, but also shares the insight to the work that you need to apply outside of the dance studios and dance floors, the part of dance, that is not talked about so much.
Dancing can be physically very demanding, that is why some people think that just dancing is sufficient exercise for the body. Must admit, I am guilty of that thoughts as well. But at some workshops when you dance the whole day, you notice that your body doesn't keep up with all the moves or you just can't do a specific move, even though your mind does understand what it should do.
Osmani emphasized that when you have a feeling that you are just not progressing in dance, even though your practice like crazy, you are probably not lacking in technic, but in strength and capability to perform the movements. He shared with us that he trained like a beast to get to the level where he is now. Due to that he can make the moves look sharper, more powerful, not because he is a better dancer, but because his body is in better shape.
So dancers, it’s time for us to hit the gym ;)
The other important aspect of dance Osmani shared with us, was at his musicality class. The best way to really interpret the music is by knowing the lyrics and of course also other details of the song, like breaks, different instruments inside the song, etc. But this time the focus was on the lyrics.
Osmani told us to pick three songs – one romantic (slow), one hard core (fast) and one somewhere in-between. He suggested, to record ourselves dancing to the songs without knowing the lyrics and then to get familiar with it. After knowing what the song is talking about, we should record ourselves again. The change in our level of dance might surprise us.
This challenge is a bit difficult for me and probably for some others as well, as I speak Spanish, so I do understand the lyrics, but if it is a new song, just hearing the lyrics might not be enough to really understand it, as their might be some hidden meanings behind it that you will only understand after hearing it a few more times or reading about it. So I guess I will just have to wait for some new latin hits to come out or dive into more details of one specific song.If you want another musicality challenge, check the interview with Jan Bervar.