The Ville Casineras teach salsa dance in Louisville and beyond

The Ville Casineras will be quick to tell you that their dance group is more of a fraternity, a family.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dancing can be more than just a fun activity at weddings or parties. For some, dancing is about bonding.

This is especially true for the City Casineras. These women will be quick to tell you that their dance group is more like a brotherhood – a family.

“We’ve all seen each other having babies, getting married, getting engaged, having jobs, breakups,” said Andrea Valarezo, one of the leaders of the all-women group based in Louisville.

Valarezo discovered the Rueda de Casino, a Cuban salsa dance from the 1950s, about 12 years ago. Since then, she has met other women who share her passion for dance and the culture that underpins it.

Together, these women organize dance classes and performances around Louisville and beyond. They have performed in Nashville, Atlanta, San Francisco, Mexico City and Cuba.

No matter where they perform, it all comes down to the pleasure they find in dancing.

“It’s fun. For a lot of us it’s stress relief – a way to forget everything,” said Valarezo.

The Ville Casineras organize trainings and workshops for people wishing to learn dance. Classes are open to everyone, regardless of experience. You can find more information about their upcoming events on their Facebook page.

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