Bernardo Pouns, "Chino", is a Cuban born dancer, singer, and bandleader.
He sees dancing as the Art of combining movement in space with rhythm and tempo.
As a dancer he has a
traditional Cuban foundation having learned to dance from his mother. Chino teaches his dance students to
appreciate the variations and the feeling of the music; always listening and moving with grace to the beat.
His teaching method is based on helping the student cultivate the ability to hear the music and on using
the clave to maintain the students awareness of his place in the music While dancing Chino truly is a silent
musical instrument playing with the band.
As a musician Chino has been performing since he was 19 years old singing in the Comparsa of
San Miguel del Padron in Havana Cuba.
Uniting Salsa rhythmic styles such as Son Montuno, Guaracha, Chachachá, Bolero, Danzón and Timba-Son "Chino"
synchronizes with tradition and creates his own unique Salsa style. He has acquired influences from the Soneros
of the early era
(pre 1950’s) and from the great Salseros of the Fania All-Stars and other classic Salsa groups thereby creating
a hard driving danceable contemporary musical expression. Chino incorporates his tremendous dance ability into
his musical performances, as Chano Pozo did in the early days of Latin music. Chino’s
performances are always spectacularly alive with the spirit of the Afro-Cuban drums,
Chino and his group of salsa musicians, Grupo Irek, play regularly at select New York venues
in Manhattan and Brooklyn and around the New York area.
Chino is no longer available for dance instruction since his band has gone ballistic. His Cuban Salsa Grupo Irek is
available for music Performances. He can be reached at: (646) 251-4040.