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Established in 2004, SMU Caderas Latinas is SMU's premier salsa performance team. The club aims to consistently build on past triumphs, both local and international. Besides its numerous competitive achievements, Caderas is a prominent feature of SMU's arts scene, bringing passion and vibrancy to school events like Patrons' Day, AYOC, and their annual flagship production Bailamos. 

Fostering a close-knit family of students through dance, SMU Caderas Latinas is an exemplar of student life in this university.


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SMU Caderas Latinas is the proud host of our annual flagship event - BAILAMOS, a large-scale production showcasing some of the best dance performances that local salsa teams have to offer, interwoven with a gripping storyline. We also hold annual workshops like Caderas 101, promoting salsa to the SMU undergraduate population.

SMU Caderas Latinas also organises and hosts Una Noche Solamente - our club’s largest social dance event that is open to SMU students and the public. A themed night of revelry, it’s a great opportunity to interact with fun-loving dancers from all around Singapore!

Freshies can look forward to becoming part of a committed team, gaining a deep appreciation of dance skills like body awareness, muscle isolation, and musicality, while participating in multiple performances. Competitive opportunities include both Singapore and abroad, as enumerated in our awards list. At the end of four years, members will have gained a wealth of experiences in performance, production, and individual expression - and most importantly, a family!

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Online Training (due to Covid-19)

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I wanted to try something different which was out of my comfort zone and learn something unique and fun. Ballroom dancing was what stood out to me the most as it brought me out of my shell and taught me that anyone can dance.


 If you aren't afraid to try something new and want to be part of a family, join our Ballare family now!- Shubhasheesh Prakash (Year 1, AY2020/2021)

Caderas has made my school life more vibrant by giving me an avenue to pursue my passion for dance, while always giving me something to look forward to. Though juggling both academics and CCA may be occasionally challenging, it has pushed me to be more effective in time management! - Emma Ng, Junior - School of Law, matriculated 2019.

Q1. Who conducts regular training for the club?

A1. Our resident choreographers salsa maestros are Kay Chon and Grace from JJ Dance Movement. We also have additional choreographers such as Ronnie and Ee Lian who primarily focus on bachata.

Q2. Is prior dance experience required to join the club?

A2. Not at all! Most of our dancers started off with our club - we make it a point of pride that we accept anyone who shows dedication, zeal, and team spirit!

Q3. Is Caderas a high commitment CCA?

A3. Yes! We’re a passionate team that holds ourselves to a gold standard for every piece we perform, so dedication and hours in training is a must. However, as many of our current members will attest, this can be comfortably balanced with academics - it’s a matter of prioritisation and planning. After all, university is the last chance to try a new CCA - so don’t spend it just mugging!

Q4. What kind of dances do you do?

A4. We dance LA-style salsa (on 1), a vigorous and expressive partnerwork that is noted for its sharp hits and breathtaking speed. As a performance team, we further specialise in highflying tricks, with dancers spinning and presenting themselves midair as a team.

Q5. What skills will I be able to pick up in Caderas that I can use in my future?

A5. Various! From the team, you’ll learn teamwork, leadership, and gain lifelong friends. Individually - confidence, theatricality, attention to detail, and as a partnerwork dance, the ability to dance with anyone who can catch a beat anywhere in the world!



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