From December 9th through 30th, Rueda Con Ritmo and Companía All Stars are offering an Intensive Dance Study Trip, and you can choose to participate for one, two, or three weeks. Each week-long program features 15 hours of workshops in popular Cuban dance styles including Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Son, Rumba, 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.
December 9th - 16th: Santiago and Guantánamo
We'll begin our trip in 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 and a Tumba Francesa association. At the end of the week we'll travel to Guantánamo where we'll dance to Changüí, antecedent of Son, and see a Conga performance by local dance company Proyecto Cuba *
December 16th - 23rd: Holguín, Santiago, and Bayamo
To begin the second week of our trip we will travel to Holguín to participate in the local Festival de Ruedas and watch a competition between municipal Rueda dance groups. During the week we will return to Santiago for more intensive study with Companía All Stars. We'll make a day trip to Cobre to experience the unique cultural offerings of one of Cuba's most significant spiritual sites. After that we'll travel west with the All Stars to Bayamo and Buey Arriba, famous for their Bailes Campesinos, where we'll get a glimpse of Cuba's fascinating mountain culture and meet local dance company Máximo Estilo.*
December 23rd - 30th: Havana
For the final week of the trip we will take the bus to Havana to experience the amazing music and dance traditions of Cuba's capital and largest city. The All Stars will travel to La Habana with us so that we can continue our intensive study with them. In Havana we'll meet some of the Fundadores de la Rueda de Casino, some of the original dancers of what is now called Salsa Cubana, now in their 70s. We'll also experience the vibrant music and dance culture of Rumba and have the opportunity to dance to some of the country's most famous Timba bands.*
*Exact schedule of events is subject to change.
This program has been qualified for legal entry to Cuba under the People-to-People Educational License. Click here to read more.
One week, homestay (casa particular): $1900 double room*** / $2050 single room
Two weeks, homestay (casa particular): $2700 double room*** / $2950 single room
Three weeks, homestay (casa particular): $3500 double room*** / $3850 single room
***Double room price is contingent on there being a roommate available for you, otherwise you must pay for a single room
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 November 1st. Final balance is due December 1st.
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!
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