Dance Holidays

Havana - Trinidad - Santiago
  • Select Your Dates
  • 5 Days or 9 Days
  • Havana
  • 1-4 Travelers
  • Hosted Travel
  • Havana & Trinidad

Escape for a long weekend or a week to a far away place where you can walk barefoot on the sand and dance into the early morning hours.  Take a vacation and make it a Dance Holiday in Cuba!

Dance in Cuba with Tierra Kaliente!

Designed by Karelia Despaigne, director of Tierra Kaliente, an internationally known dance company in Havana, Dance Holidays give you have an inside connection to the dance scene in Cuba.  Dive into the captivating sounds and rhythms of Cuba and experience its culture of dance from the inside out. 

As a discerning traveler whether you are a beginning dance enthusiast or a season social dancer, you want the best.  Dance Holidays with Tierra Kaliente connect you with professional level instructors that you usually only have access to on large specialized group tours.  You  can have the quality of a large group tour with the flexibility of traveling on your own.

About Tierra Kaliente

Tierra Kaliente is one of the hottest dance companies in Havana.  They have performed and taught Cuban dance in Europe, South America, and the United States.  In Cuba, they have hosted travelers from France, China, Colombia, USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Israel, United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.  

Karelia Despaigne, the director, is described as being “on an entirely different plane” from other instructors.  She teaches with precision and humor.  For the dancers with Tierra Kaliente, dancing goes beyond learning technique – it is about spreading Cuban culture and connecting people through music and movement. 

  • Havana by Night
  • Single or Double Rooms
  • Dancing with Pros
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Dance Lessons
  • Taxi between Cities
  • Travel Support
  • Host Coordinator
What to Expect

Kick off your weekend or week-long immersion in Cuban culture and dance by joining your host at one of the famous concert venues in Havana.  No experience or partner required!

During the days take lessons with professional instructors from Tierra Kaliente in the morning and have the afternoon free to explore on your own, add a trip to the beach for a styling workshop, take a city tour, or sign up for dancing on the Malecon. 

At night you’ll meet instructors at the Salsa Club 1830, for a concert at Casa de Musica Miramar, or for a night dancing in the open air of the rooftop bar at Hotel Inglaterra.   

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2019 Spring Rates!

5 Day Holiday   $750 – $1250
9 Day Holiday in Havana  $1250 – $2150
9 Day Holiday in Havana & Trinidad  $1425 – $2475

Book by May 30th for travel through September to lock in 2019 Spring rates.


Clave Cuba programs are priced for comfort.  The base package includes enough to indulge yourself a little with room to add more.  You are getting high quality instruction and the benefits of a large group tour with the flexibility to travel on your own terms.  

For comparison, 10 hours of private instruction in the US could cost you $750-$1500 without any social dancing or workshops included.  Instead you are getting instruction from professionals at the source, supporting culture and the arts, and independent business in Cuba.

Every program booked is providing jobs for independent instructors in Cuba and 15% of the proceeds goes back into the communities you visit to support their projects.

What's Included

Dance Holidays include private lessons, dancing with professional instructors from Tierra Kaliente in the evenings, day dancing, and either dancing on the beach or a music for dancers workshop.  You have a personal coordinator as your host to keep everything running smoothly so that you can focus on having fun.

All of your accommodations are included as are airport transfers and taxis between cities where noted.

With Clave Cuba programs you also get exclusive travel support that includes phone/text support before and during your trip, a local mobile phone for your use, our mobile app with offline maps that includes resources to help you prepare for your trip.

5 Day Holiday in Havana

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lessons, 6 Hours
  • 3 Nights Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • Beach Workshop or Music for Dancers
  • Airport Transfers
  • 4 Nights in Havana
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

9 Day Holiday in Havana & Trinidad

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lessons, 10 Hours
  • 4 Nights Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • Beach Workshop or Music for Dancers
  • Airport Transfers
  • 6 Nights in Havana
  • 2 Nights in Trinidad
  • Private Taxi Between Cities
  • Visit Cienfuegos
  • Visit Che Memorial
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

9 Day Holiday in Havana

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lessons, 12 Hours
  • 4 Nights Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • Beach Workshop or Music for Dancers
  • Airport Transfers
  • 8 Nights in Havana
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

Not Included:  Flights to & from Cuba, Personal Travel Expenses, Meals, Transportation Not Listed, Gratuities, Cuban Visa/Tourist Card, Medical Travel Insurance


We place you in comfortable guesthouse rooms where you can expect to have hot water, decent water pressure, air conditioning, at least one exterior window, and an en suite or private bathroom.  Many have either a balcony or a terrace for guest use and offer breakfast and a few services for additional fees.

This is what we recommend to most travelers as it allows you more opportunities to experience daily life in Cuba, supports locals, and is often a richer experience than staying in hotels.

That said, we can make arrangements for independent apartments and standard to boutique high-end hotels depending on your preferences.  Prices may vary.

U.S. to Cuba Travel

Yes, you can travel legally to Cuba as a US citizen or resident.  This program is designed to support legal travel to Cuba under an OFAC General License Category 8, In Support of the Cuban People.  31 CFR 515.574

Book Your Trip

When you book with Clave Cuba,  you are signing up for an experience that is unique to you.    In order to customize your vacation, we will be in touch by phone or email to learn about your experience and travel style.  We follow up with recommendations and assistance with travel arrangements in Cuba.  We are here to answer questions every step of the way.

Booking Deadline:  30 days prior to arrival
Deposit:  25% of the program fee
Balance Due: 60 days prior to the arrival date
Cancellation Deadline:  60 days prior to arrival
If booking on or after the Balance Due date, the full amount of the trip is due at the time of booking.

See Terms & Conditions for details on our booking and cancellation policies.