August 2017 - Carnaval in Cuba

From August 5th through 20th, Rueda Con Ritmo and Companía All Stars are offering an Intensive Dance Study Trip, and you can choose to participate in the first week, the second week, or both. The focus of our Summer Dance Study Trip will be De Carnaval En Carnaval, and we'll be traveling across the island to experience Carnaval music and dance traditions in THREE different Cuban cities over the course of the trip. Carnaval in Cuba features huge outdoor concerts with some of the island's best live dance bands as well as parades of dozens of local musical groups with hundreds of dancers performing Conga and other traditional Cuban music and dance styles. Both weeks will also be full of study with the talented and friendly dancers of Companía All Stars of Santiago de Cuba, as well as trips to smaller cities not often visited by tourists, and the chance to participate in a Rueda Gigante (Mega Rueda).*

August 5th - 12th: Havana, Santiago, and Guantánamo

We'll arrive in Havana where we'll participate in Carnaval over the weekend with Comparsa La Jardinera, one of Cuba's most famous Carnaval groups who will celebrate their 79th anniversary this year. We'll then travel to Santiago, the home city of our teachers and hosts, Companía All Stars. Santiago is known throughout Cuba as La Cuna de Son (the birthplace of Son), and in addition to daily study with the All Stars, in Santiago we'll have the opportunity to experience the rich music and dance traditions of Cuba's second largest city, including a visit to a Danzón social club. We'll finish our first week in Guantánamo, where we'll have the opportunity to perform in the Cabalgata del Carnaval (dancing parade) with local dance group Proyecto Cuba.*

August 12th - 20th: Santiago, Bayamo, and Holguín

For the second week of the trip we will depart Guantánamo and visit Yateras and La Maya, both significant sites in the traditions of Changüí and Son. We will stay in Santiago for three nights for more intensive study with Companía All Stars and then travel west with the All Stars to Granma Province. We'll visit the town of Buey Arriba, famous for its Bailes Campesinos, and get a glimpse of Cuba's fascinating mountain culture. The following day we'll rehearse for and perform in a Rueda Gigante in the Plaza in Bayamo, dancing a simple Rueda choreography with the All Stars and more than 100 other Cuban dancers**. We'll finish our trip by experiencing our third Cuban Carnaval, this time in the city of Holguín.*

Each week-long program features 15 hours of workshops in popular Cuban dance styles including Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Son, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Chá, and more. All classes will be taught by Jorge Luna Roque and members of the internationally acclaimed Rueda All Stars – click here to see a video of the All Stars. Dance classes will be split into different groups tailored to dancers of different levels of experience, with Cuban dancers assisting as well as teaching classes.

*Exact schedule of events is subject to change.

**Participation in the Rueda Gigante is contingent on your ability to remember and execute the choreography. Click to view a video of the All Stars' demo of the Rueda Gigante choreography.

This program has been qualified for legal entry to Cuba under the People-to-People Educational License. Click here to read more.

Trip Cost
One week, homestay (casa particular): $1900 double room*** / $2050 single room
Additional week, homestay (casa particular): $2700 double room*** / $2950 single room
***Double room price is contingent on there being a roommate available for you, otherwise you must pay for a single room

Trip is limited to 30 participants, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your spot is not confirmed until we receive your deposit -- payment instructions appear at the end of the registration form below.

Non-refundable deposit of $800 is due no later than July 1st. Final balance is due July 15th.

To join the workshop, please fill out the registration form below, or click here to open it in a new window.

We strive to insure that participants in our trips have the best possible experience. Curious about what people on past trips have to say? Click here to read how they describe the trip in their own words.

Please contact us or call Ryan and Sidney at 301-775-6142 if you have any additional questions.

We look forward to dancing in Cuba with you!

We are also planning a Three-Week Dance Study Trip from December 9 to 30, with one-, two-, and three-week options. Sign up for our mailing list below or check back here for updates.