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Spinning Mambo into SalsaCaribbean Dance in Global Commerce$
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Juliet McMains

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324637.001.0001

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Casino Dancing in Cuba and Miami

Casino Dancing in Cuba and Miami

Spaghetti Arms, Pretzel Turns, and Ruedas

(p.237) 6 Casino Dancing in Cuba and Miami
Spinning Mambo into Salsa

Juliet McMains

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of Cuban salsa, better known as “casino,” in Cuba and Miami. Cuban timba music, the effects of cultural tourism on Cuban dance practices, and the way Cuban exiles living in Miami commoditized Cuban dance for a North American context are explored. Aesthetic and technical priorities of casino dancing and its group form, casino rueda, are compared to both L.A.-style salsa and modern New York-style salsa/mambo.

Keywords:   casino rueda, Miami, Cuba, timba, Cuban salsa

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