Back to our Roots! The Cuba International Ballroom Championship 2016
Report by Keith Todd
Photography by Charles Ryder
Ask most dancers which country they associate most with the Latin American Dances and the answer 90% of the time will be “Cuba.” While it is true that samba originated in Brazil, paso doble in France and the jive in USA, it is the Cuban music of the mid 20th century that still fuels much of our competitive Latin dancing to this day. But for most of us living in the USA, the country of Cuba remains mostly a mystery thanks to the embargo policy reaching back to the 1960’s.