Masks, gel, sticks: how a Madrid salsa group kept dancing despite the Covid pandemic

Posted by on November 13, 2020 7:54 am
Categories: Global Stories

Teacher Juan Margallo has found inventive ways of letting dancers practise safely

Under a purple Madrid sky and on a carpet of horse-chestnut leaves, cigarette ends and broken beer bottles, six people are dancing their way through the second wave of the pandemic.

For all its grace and vigour, the Cuban rueda de casino that they dance is not quite what it once was. The thin light from a lamp in a park south of the city centre reveals masks covering smiling mouths and gelled hands clasping not other hands – but the opposite ends of two plastic pipes.

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