Workshops with Adrian Medina

Professional dancer, instructor and choreographer, Adrian Medina was born in Havana, Cuba and was trained at the most elite dance companies in Cuba including the Narciso Medina Dance School and the world famous Tropicana Musical and Dance School where he received degrees in Modern, Contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance.

Having performed with the Australian Opera, worked as a performance lecturer at the Adelaide Institute of TAFE and participated at the biggest Latin dance events in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Adrian is truly a master of Cuban dance.

We are extremely excited to have Adrian share his knowledge and energy with us!




11:30– 12:30 Rumba (Open Level)
Unique to Cuba, Rumba is a meld of African rhythms and flamenco influences. Elements of rumba are commonly integrated into Cuban salsa. This workshop will help you to ground yourself to the beat of the music and develop your body movements.

12:50– 1:50 Salsa Partner work with Cuban Styling
Learn how to dance like they do in Cuba! This workshop will teach you how to break away from just doing turn pattern after turn pattern and add a bit of Cuban flavour to your dancing.

2:00– 3:00 Rueda (Intermediate)
Time to learn some fun new turn patterns!


10:30– 11:30 Son (Open Level) ONLY SPACES FOR LEADS REMAINING
One of the traditional partner dances that salsa evolved from with a beautiful and elegant style.

11:40– 12:40 Orishas/Afro (Open Level)
Afro-Cuban dancing that represents each of the Orishas. Learn different movements that help to unlock the body and gain coordination, and musicality.

1:00– 2:00 Salsa Suelte (Open Level)
Non-partnered salsa class incorporating all forms of Cuban dance styles (e.g. son, cha-cha, afro etc). Guaranteed to make you sweat!


Early Bird Price: $20 per workshop or all 6 for $110.
Price from 6th April: $25 per workshop or all 6 for $130.


Saturday: John Colvin Stand on the Cenotaph (Hobart Regatta grounds). You turn off the highway, follow the road (last bit on foot for the less adventurous) to the end where you will find a grand stand (John Colvin Stand) and enter the building from the front – the dance studio is in and to your left.
Sunday: Phoenix Danze Studio, at the back of city hall. Please use side entrance on Campbell St and come up the stairs.
Saturday Night Party: 8:30-11:30pm at Wesley Hall (56-58 Melville St). Entry $10. BYO drinks.


BOOK AND PAY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. Refunds will be issued if class size is exceeded (sorry to those who miss out).

1. Register and pay at Thursday Night Salsa (The Italian
Club, North Hobart), or
2. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the following bank
account and please email through your class
registration details

Institution: Members Equity
Name: J Holtzclaw
BSB: 944600
Account: 466-996-675

Reference Text: please include your name so we know who has paid
+ Email:
Send email to “” indicating which classes you have paid for.

What else do I need to know?

– CLASS SIZE will be restricted so book early to avoid disappointment
– There will be NO DOOR SALES this helps us to reduce administration on the day.
– DRINKS: BYO. NO GLASS (glasses or glass bottles) allowed in the room as this is a condition of use when hiring the studio.
– If you CANNOT MAKE A CLASS then please let us know as early as you can as we may be able to find a replacement (there will likely be someone missing out who would love to take your place).
– SHOES: Please wear proper dance shoes or shoes with soft soles (suede or leather).


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Intermediate rueda de casino – Week 2

Moves/turns covered in week 2 of the course:

Por mi, por ti Example

Enchufla con mambo Example – Without the back steps!

Sombrero con mambo Example – without the back steps, and dropping the hands!

Sombrero con mambo complicado Example

Sombrero malecon Example at 0.22 mins

Espresso Example

Saca la vecina Example

Girasol (Enchufla, guys join hands in middle, raising backwards and forwards while girls weave in and out)


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Intermediate rueda de casino – Week 1

Moves/turns covered in week 1 of the course:

Cambia pareja (changes couples) Example

Dame pa’tras Example

Dame caramelo (Give me candy  – dame with left hand turn, dile que no 360)

Rebotar (rebound/bounce) Example (at 0.7 mins and called “damela directo”)

El plato (plate – enchufla with turn and clap on 7 for leader)

Enchufla con cero

Dame y no le llegues (dame and don’t arrive)

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Introduction to rueda de casino – Week 1

Moves/turns covered in week 1 of the course:

Saccar el agua al posso (take the water from the well)

Arriba y abajo (basic forwards and back step)

Arriba (forward in Leader’s direction) Example (at 0.19 mins)

Abajo (backwards in Leader’s direction) Example (at 0.16 mins and called “Tiempo Espana Abajo)

A fuera y al dentro Example (at 0.38 mins and called “Paseala”)

Exhibela (Exhibit her) Example (at 0.42 and called “Sacala”)

Dile que no Example

Guapea (rueda circle basic step)

Dame (give me) Example

Dame dos (give me two) Example

Dame tres (give me three)

[Dame] Una con una (one with one – dame with a clap on 1)

[Dame] Dos con dos (two with two – dame dos with two claps on 1,2)

[Dame] Tres con tres (three with three – dame tres with three claps on 1,2,3)

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