UKA Dance Salsa Medals Assessment – Guidance Notes

UKA DANCE SALSA MEDALS SYLLABUS & INFO
FOR BRONZE & SILVER CANDIDATES
It will help you to know this stuff  if you’re taking your medals…
We want you to have all the detailed info you need to do well
– anything I’ve missed, just ask!!!

UKA Dance Assessment Criteria
1) Rhythm & Timing
2) Technique
3) Posture & Styling
4) Body movement (Cuban motion)
5) Presentation

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CUBAN SALSA BRONZE AWARD
Assessment: 2 dances – freestyle
Your dances need to be different ie one slow salsa , one faster; you can use different genres (ie 1 merengue or 1 bachata & 1 salsa) if you want to – or 2 straight salsa tunes;
these need to show an understanding of salsa as a FREE, improvised dance
TIP: Really doable – just basic stuff, on time, with good lead and follow, in the character of salsa, listening to the music!

CUBAN SALSA BRONZE AWARD SYLLABUS
Basic footwork – back step; marking step; side (rumba) step,
basic salsa step ( forward and back); para el medio
Partnerwork – closed and open hold
Step turns
Cuban walk round
Havana Rakatan
Claim the floor
Show awareness of different styles ie basic rumba, mambo, etc & musicality
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RUEDA DE CASINO BRONZE AWARD SYLLABUS
Assessment: 1 song all the way through – freestyle
Calls include: * Para El Medio * Americano * Americana * El Chisme
* Escondido * Petroleum * Agua * Dame / Siguelo
* Fly * Fly Doble * Fly Arriba * Fly Tumbao Rolling
* Vamos Arriba * Tarro * Mujeres Tarro * Foto * Cambio Pareja
* Show awareness of different styles ie basic rumba, mambo, etc & musicality
TIP: Really doable – only 2 basic steps to learn, allowing you to focus on timing, with good lead and follow, in the character of salsa, listening to the music!

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RUEDA DE CASINO SILVER AWARD SYLLABUS
Assessment: 2 songs all the way through – freestyle
All the above (Rueda bronze) plus a selection from the below
* 2 or more candidates calling the rueda * Show awareness of musicality/rhythm/style
Show a repertoire of classic moves including:

Intro:
* Flaco / Gordo / Tumbao / Pasala
* Escondido
* Pasala * Sacala (Exhibila)  * Caminando  * Estrella

Classic & Variations:
* Dile que no  * Casino * Echevarria
* Enchufla plus variations, eg * Enchufla Doble * Enchufla con rumba (vacuna), con mambo, con songo  * Enchufla complicado  * Enchufla y querdate * Paseala / por Arriba
* Enchufla y Sacala * Enchufla con Foto * Principe bueno, malo, castigala
* Cero, mujeres cero, Cero con Sabor, Cero con Mambo
* El medico de la salsa / Manolin  * Evelyn * Pelota Una, Dos, Tres * Egoista
* Vacilala & variations * Vacilala Completa * Setenta * El Dedo
* Sombrero / con mambo con sabor
* Prima, con Hermana, con Familia

Afro Cuban folkloric eg Enchufla con Elegua, con Chango, con Ochun;
Pilon, Palo, Mozambique, etc

Signature:
* Casate * Pelota Una, Dos, Tres  * El uno/ El dos / Cubanita / Cubanito
* Seis / Neuve, Seis y Neuve * La Cruz * Pelota con clave/ complicado
* Festival de Dame  * Tumba Francesa, hasta la tuya, regresa
* Enchufle al medio / derecha – izquierda  * Estrella  * Croqueta y Aspirina y Puente
* Ocho, mujeres ocho * Policia, Mujeres Policia * Mujeres al medio * Matala * Burlate
* Dame una con una, con dos, con tres, etc;

Finale/Song Change:
* Dile que si * Tiempo Espana * Sientala

Tip: This is all about building a strong foundation in classic Cuban salsa / rueda figures, getting you dancing freestyle with confidence.
Tip 2: We practise classic figures over and over again in the rueda and in partnerwork. Repetition and practice ensure you embody moves thoroughly and move to the next level with our systematic, developmental teaching and learning system.
Tip 3: You don’t have to show all these moves in your freestyle rueda medal test! Onl a selection – quality over quantity every time!

YES! YOU CAN DO IT! :~D

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CUBAN SALSA SILVER AWARD SYLLABUS  (PARTNERWORK)
Assessment: 4 songs – freestyle

Styles/Rhythm: show an understanding of different salsa rhythms – This is your choice! You have 3 songs – you can pick whatever you like – slower, faster tracks, timba, salsa, rumba, merengue, bachata, cha cha cha, bolero, etc, one could even be solo shines!

Music: you could pick 3 very different tunes – ie 1 contemporary salsa – ie Edwin Sanz You Gotta Be; 1 classic timba – Los Van Van; 1 merengue

All the above (bronze partnerwork) and classic moves including:
* Dile que no * Casino * Adrentro y afuera / Sacala
* Enchufle * Enchufle doble * Enchufle /doble a lo moderno * Enchufle Complicado
* Enchufle y Querdate * Enchufle con rumba, con mambo *Enchufle con sacala
* Cubanita, Cubanito
* Paseala / por Arriba
* Dile que si
* Vacilala (ie vacilala con engano, vacilala con guiro, vacilala completa)
* El uno, El dos, Cubanita, Cubanito
* Sombrero / con mambo con sabor
* Setente
* El Dedo, * Prima and variations
Tip: We practise classic figures over and over again in the rueda and in partnerwork. This enables repetition and practise while having fun, and ensures you embed your learning. You will move to the next level with our systematic, developmental teaching and learning system.

YES! YOU CAN DO IT! :~D

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UKA DANCE RUEDA MEDAL SYLLABUS & INFO
FOR GOLD CANDIDATES (PROVISIONAL EXAMPLES)

Stepping up the pace, stepping up the skills, stepping up the fun…
All of the above, taking styling, musicality, expressiveness, technique, mastery of a myriad of salsa rhythms to another level.

Assessment: 3 Complete Salsa Songs, Freestyle
3 or more candidates calling the rueda
* 1 or more rueda performed contratiempo, including cha cha cha; or rueda de bachata
1 or more rueda with accent on Cuban rumba, Orishas, Afro Cuban styles or bolero

* Showing good ability to rotate partners (dame); alternating direction from dame to arriba and back and inverting the rueda and back

* Showing good expressiveness, connection to music and lead and follow

FESTIVALE DE PELOTA

FESTIVALE DE RUMBA

ESPRESSO

ISAURA

LA 33

LA PRIMA SEMI TIA TRES

TUMBA FRANCESA

SE VA EL TREN

PATIN, Mueres Patin

Doble / Triple play

AMISTAD

MUJERES AL MEDIO

DAME CON CHOCOLATE

SETENTA POR LAS MANOS

ENROSCATE

ENCHUFLA AL MEDIO – IZQUIERDA/DERECHA – CADENETA -MANOS – DAIQUIRI – BOTELA – LA FLOR/LA ROSA – CADENETA – CAMINANDO

* Dame dos, tres, etc, una, dos, etc arriba

* Festival de la Prima, con Hermana con Familia / Familia con Regresa / La Prima Semi Tia Tres
* Festival de Pelota
* Se va el tren
* Directo
* Patin, mujeres patin
* Esa no mi gusta
* Siete / con Coca cola
* Se va el tren
VACILALA and variations, vacilala completa, con engano, vacilala con guiro, vacilala con sabor
* Sacala la Vecina
* La Jenny