Latin Social Dances

Course Information
TitleΛατινοαμερικάνικοι κοινωνικοί χοροί / Latin Social Dances
FacultyPhysical Education and Sport Science
SchoolPhysical Education and Sport Science (Serres)
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016230

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physical Education and Sports Science in Serres (2014)

Registered students: 37
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course is addressed to beginners / interested dancers. It aims at learning the technic of basic steps and dancing figures of the social dances Salsa Cubana, Bachata and some other less known but globally widespread dances, who have their roots in the Cuban tradition, while familiarization with their music and particular rhythms is also a goal. By gaining experience and successfully completing the course, students will be able to: • recognize and discern musical motifs of Salsa Cubana, Bachata and other related dances, • be able to dance the dances taught either individually or in a couple or group circle, • to pass on the knowledge and skills they have gained to other interested parties for the same kind of dances, who are at a beginner level.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
- Basic concepts, historical elements, Orishas, musical instruments and evolution of the traditional Social Dance of the Cuban Salsa. Festivals and dancing competitions in the world and in Greece. Correct dancer behavior of both sexes on the dance floor (Dance Etiquette), Dancers Hygiene. Preventing injury risks for the dancers, dance partners and co-dancers. Teaching methods of SALSA CUBANA - Familiarization with the basic step, step combinations with directional changes, open and closed dance stance. - Turns for the Lady and Gentleman. - Simple figures (Reversala, Enchufla, Setenda, Paseala, etc.) for the pair with on-spot execution and/or free movement on floor. - Introduction and practicing the correct execution of "Dile que no". - Clave Rhythm and -Step learning, counting 6, or 8 steps (Timba). - Rumba steps in a solo performance, both for the Lady and for the Gentleman. - Introduction to Rueda (de Casino), simple figures and "arriba – abajo" -moving. The "Cantante" and his commands to his co-dancers. Teaching methods of BACHATA - Familiarization with the basic step, step combinations with directional changes. - Open stance, closed stance in a loose frame and closed stance with specific contact points between the dance partners. - "Single", "double" and "quadruple" rhythm and swings. - Turns for the Lady and Gentleman, separately and simultaneously. - Simple figures for the pair with "cross" movement and then motion all over the place. Elements of teaching methods of other Cuban group-dances.
Salsa Cubana, Bachata, Rumba, Merenque, beginners, Dance Etiquette
Educational Material Types
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of the internet to send and receive emails, to access dance music and Cuban dance educational videos.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment220.8
Dance practicing281.1
Student Assessment
Regular and active participation in the course is evaluated throughout the semester (50%), while at the end of the semester there are tests in practice (execution and correct rhythm) (40%) and in theory (10%). In the practical part the students are examined: a) individually, b) pairwise and c) in a group-circle. The theory is examined orally. A prerequisite for successful examinations is to achieve at least 5 (five) marks in each of the individual examinations; thereafter the mean grade is calculated. The criteria are communicated to the students already during the first lesson.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
  • Dancing performance (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
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