El Punto Cubano
We offer authentic Cuban dance classes and parties for more than 20 years!
Agenda & Class schedule
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Cuban Salsa Course | Weekly introduction beginners | Monday & Wednesday & Thursday
Cuban Salsa classes
El Punto Cubano in Amsterdam
Do you fancy a Cuban salsa course?
Everyone is welcome for the salsa courses of El Punto Cubano, to discover the real Cuban Salsa. We are a team of enthusiastic teachers and assistants, under the guidance of the very experienced Cuban teacher Angel Ford Mesa.
We start new courses every September, November, February and May. Due to COVID-19 we have a maximum capacity, so full is really full!
Be enchanted by the magic of dancing Cuban salsa together.
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
19:00-20:00 - Course beginner
20:00-21:00 - Introduction Class beginner (new)
20:00-21:00 - Course intermediate / Semi-advance
21:00-22:00 - Course advance
Adres: Borgerstraat 112, A'dam Oud-West
COVID-19 Dance Protocol
Due to the current situation around Corona, we must observe a number of rules, both for the Open Classes and the dance lessons:
A course consist of 10 lessons of 60 minutes and costs €100,- (excl. student discount*). In consultation with us, separate class is possible for €12,- per class.
* Student discount 10% upon presentation of valid proof of registration from an educational institution for the current academic year.
If you are a beginner it is recommended to start at the beginning of a course. In order to guarantee your spot, it is advised to register prior to the start of the course as we have limited spots due to COVID-19. You can sent an email or app to receive a payment request. Or you can register after first lesson of the course, during the Open Days, where (cash) payments take place at the venue.
Structure classes & dance styles
Each lesson starts with a relaxed and rhythmic warming up in which you get to know different (Afro) Cuban rhythms like Son, Rumba, Pilon, Chachacha, etc. Then you learn in pairs to apply the basic figures and rhythms in the dance. Thereby the pleasure in dancing is the most important. You do not have to bring a partner! At the beginners class, you will learn the basic steps and rhythms of the Cuban salsa. In the advanced class, you get to know more difficult rhythms, dance steps and elaborate figures on faster music. Improvisation, creativity and smoother exercise play a major role during these lessons. You also learn the 'Rueda de Casino' (dancing in a circle), where you change partners after each figure and that gives you a lot of dancing fun!
Students who are unexpectedly unable to attend a lesson, for example due to illness, must cancel no later than 24 hours in advance. Only then do we offer the opportunity, in consultation with us and with sufficient availability of dance partners, to make up for missed lessons during the current lesson block.
Cuban salsa has never been so much fun!
We provide tailor-made dance workshops. Very suitable for private parties and company outings.
We would love to hear what your wishes are so that we can organize the ideal tailor-made workshop for your group.
Get out of your comfort zone and book an unforgettable workshop at El Punto Cubano!
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SalsaD'Cuba Party & Guantanamera Party
Check the AGENDA to get the latest information on the next edition!
During the parties of DJ AngelD'Cuba you will enjoy and dance on the best Cuban music: swinging Salsa, Son, Timba and more ...
Live Band Edition
Matinee with DJs and an Authentic Cuban live band. Prior to this party there is sometimes a dance workshop, mostly related to Son Cubano and other Cuban rhythms such as Danzon, Changui, Mambo and Cha-cha-cha.
“Oreja no pasa cabeza”
A DJ with concept and character
In the music world Ángel was the founder of the traditional Cuban group CONTRATEMPO. He worked as artistic producer of the national agency of artistic tours Agencia Nacional de Giras Artisticas (ANGA). He was music producer of: Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales de Cuba (EGREM), LUSÁFRIKA (CapeVerdie), ChoiseMusic (Germany-Netherlands), ABDALA (Cuba), Cuban Roots (Netherlands).
Ángel was one of the creators and musical-artistic director of the project of one of the most famous discotheques with live music in Cuba: "Havana Café" by Hotel Meliá Cohiba. In addition, he has performed productions around the world with the most famous Cuban orchestras: Buena Vista Social Club, Orquesta Aragon, Manolito Simonet and Trabuco, Polo Montanez, Vieja Trova Santiaguera, Proyección Sonera and Clave y Guaguancó.
In more recent years Ángel developed into a professional DJ. His diverse background, extensive experience (musicologist, music producer and cultural ethnologist) and specific knowledge give him as a DJ a unique character with concept.
DJ AngelD'Cuba organizes and runs regularly at his own parties in Amsterdam. In addition, he works as a professional DJ at international festivals that are organized in the Netherlands and in other countries (for example Belgium, Germany, Spain and Italy). He is known in the salsa world to combine his profession as a teacher, DJ and organizer of parties. He also plays other styles of music and knows what the dancer needs.
History El Punto Cubano
Authentic Cuban dance and music school
Ángel Luis Ford Mesa is from Cuba. For nine years, Ángel Luis Ford Mesa has been general director and producer of Companía Danza JAGUEY. This is one of the most acclaimed Cuban dance groups in Cuba and abroad. He also worked for 11 years as a university teacher in different Cuban universities, where he taught general art history, art and musicology. He has also been director of the Cultural Department of the University of Guantánamo. In this period Ángel did scientific research about and published about the origin of the Cuban culture, the folklore, ethnography, traditions and influences of the migrations in the wealth of Cuban music and dance. Between 1995 and 1999 he has been Senior Specialist Foreign Affairs of the Cuban Institute for Music and Tour Manager of Cuban Orchestras around the world.
In 2000 the Cuban dance teacher Ángel Luis founded his own dance and music school in Amsterdam: Punto Cubano. He has been guest lecturer at CODARTS (www.codarts.nl) in Rotterdam, an International Conservatory, that offers high-quality art education in the field of music, dance and circus. Here he taught a cycle of theoretical and practical conferences on the history of Cuban music and dance.
Currently he teaches Cuban dance and music styles, from changui (dance originally from Guantánamo, the birthplace of Ángel) to son, rumba and modern dance styles. Ángel is an experienced teacher, dancer and choreographer. His lessons and choreographies are based on the Cuban way of dancing: a physical expression of the vivid Cuban music. It is a harmonious and coherent blend of Cuban tradition, improvisation and creativity.
Looking for the dancestudio of El Punto Cubano?
We give classes and parties in Studio Borgerstraat in Amsterdam.
The entrance can be found between Kinkerstraat and Borgerstraat, in the little street Kneppelhoutstraat.