Everybody doing the Salsa at Polketten!


Every summer you have the possibility to visit the amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg
and try out some salsa.  Adrianas Danshus gives free classes on different levels.
Lots of fun.
Click on photo, maybe you recognize yourself!

Tonight in Gothenburg.. Manolito y su Trabuco!

You see a lot of it in Havana. People practising their musical instruments in parks, the Malecon and other places, to avoid irritation from the neighbors.

I was passing by the harbor in Havana late 1993 when I saw this guy rehearsing with his trombone.
I took some pictures, he gave me his card and told me that they earlier that same year had formed a new band that played salsa, timba style.

Several years later there was a concert in Gothenburg/Sweden with a popular Cuban group called Manolito y su Trabuco.
For som reason (deeply hidden in the memory) I searched for that old card he once gave me… and yes, there it was: Manolito y su Trabuco les desea feliz Navidad y un prospero año nuevo…1993!

Brought the photo to the concert and went backstage to meet him. There he was, Juan Carlos (30kg bigger)  with his trombone.  I gave him the picture,  we had a laugh and a nice chat. He invited me to his place in Havana the next time I visited….  And I did, but that´s another story.

Manolito y su Trabuco started as a band 1993. Their first cd came 95. One of Cubas top 3 bands!!

Crayfish with salsa!

Salsa dance at the traditional August crayfish party?!
A few years ago nobody had even heard about salsa in Sweden.

Now as a side effect of immigration it´s getting popular. Some swedes are learning, and learning well.

It was a perfect after dinner activity at this particular party in Mollösund at the swedish west coast a couple of years ago.
Beautiful place!

Let´s dance with Adriana Mendes

Adriana Mendes started to dance at the age of five in her home country Brazil . She came to Sweden some years ago with the strong determination to create a dance school.

Thanks to skills, patience and energy (like a small nuclear plant) she is now the owner of a very popular dans school in Gothenburg named Adrianas Danshus
A month ago she won the price Settler of the year, pioneer in the west 2011

The Governor of the region handed over the price at a special ceremony in the residence in central Gothenburg.

In the picture: Adriana and her brother Aldo (also a skilled dancer) teaching salsa at Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg/Sweden. (click on photo to see hi res version)

World class salsa

Cuban dancer Kirenia Cantín at the Salsa Congress in Gothenburg 2010,
performing together with Maykel Fonts. The two are considered among the best
Cuban style dancers in the world.