Gianfranco Bighi (Italy)
I stumbled upon some interesting videos at a YouTube Channel called Gianfranco Bighi from the Que Vadis Dance School in Ferrara, half way between Bologna and Venice! I don’t know if it still exists, the original website of the school is today a webshop.
No doubt that we are talking about an “Old School” classic dance teacher with many years of experience. There are videos of Cuban Salsa, Puertorican Salsa, Kizumba and more. Most of the Cuban videos are uploaded in 2012. Be sure to keep the different styles of Salsa apart.
Some of the Cuban Salsa videos might be worth a study for inspiration because we don’t see them anywhere else. It is my guess that Gianfranco Bighi made them. It is always interesting to see how a long time dancer and instructor imagines good moves. Some of them are a little influenced by the Puertorican Salsa style, but most of them are straight forward and easy to lead. Even if you don’t know Italian, most of it makes sense. Below I list all the Cuban Salsa videos from the YouTube Channel because they are a little difficult to dig out.
Cuban Salsa, Advanced Level
“Saoco” is Puertorican slang for something great!
Should probally be spelled “Ponle Sabor” meaning “Add Flavor”. A well known move except for many variations.
I am not sure of the meaning of “Melao”, but I think it is a honey melon”.
“Mas Sabrosa” means “More tasty”.
La tuya means “yours”.
Niño means “boy”. The leader has four hook turns in this move!
El gancho Maik
El gancho Maik (male name) probably means “Maik with the hook”.
Dedo con Gancho
The finger with the hook.
City in Cuba.
The first word “Presa” is probably Italiean and means “grib” or “hand hold”, that is “Double handhold”.
Beach town not far from Havana Cuba.
The Bridge. This simple move has a non-Cuban look and feel.
Sombrero de Manny
Just “hat” and a male name or diminutive form. A rather common move often started with Sombrero doble.
Cuban Salsa, Intermediate Level
Intermedio, Part 2
For some unknown reason, Intermedio Part 1 is missing.