Our sizzling new musical, Carmen La Cubana, explodes onto the Sadler’s Wells stage this August in a brand new twist on one of the most famous operas ever created. As we prepare to throw on our Cuban heels and measure out the mojitos for a spectacular evening of entertainment at the theatre this summer, we take a look back at some our favourite Cuban-inspired dance routines from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing to get us in the mood…
1. Mark Ramprakash & Karen Hardy – Salsa
The classic Cuban dance style of Salsa translates to ‘sauce’ and Kara Tointon an Artem Chigvintsev certainly delivered some hot and spicy flavours on the dancefloor in this show-stopping performance! The pair were awarded a perfect score of 40 by the judges and went on to take the Glitter Ball Trophy for series 4.
2. Lisa Snowdon & Brendan Cole – Cha Cha Cha
Lisa and Brendan put their own spin on this fun and flirty dance style, set to the music of Amy Winehouse. They scored top marks for this sensational take on the Cha Cha Cha, a style which originates from the dance halls of Havana and is named after its triple step footwork pattern.
3. Rachel Stevens & Vincent Simone – Rumba
This slow and seductive Rumba is beautifully executed by Rachel and Vincent in the 2008 Strictly final. Look out for the ‘Rumba drop’ at the end of the routine; a classic trope of this dance style which originates from the streets of northern Cuba, and is often considered to be a dance of courtship and passion!
4. Abbey Clancy & Aljaz Skorjanec – Salsa
It’s impossible not to groove along to Abbey and Aljaz’s disco-salsa fusion! The two styles blend seamlessly together with some impressive lifts, fast-paced footwork, plenty of hip action and some old school disco moves. Can you believe that Abbey had no formal dance training before taking part in the show?!
5. Caroline Flack & Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha
Caroline and Pasha brought fun and energy to the floor in their version of the Cha Cha Cha. The couple were awarded a perfect score by the judges in series 12. We also love how Caroline’s fringed frock adds a layer of extra movement and sparkle to the routine!