Dance Intensives

Havana - Santiago
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  • 5, 9 or 14 Days
  • Havana
  • 1-4 Travelers
  • Hosted Travel
  • Santiago

Take a vacation from ordinary.  Plan a weekend, week or 2 week trip to Cuba, immerse yourself in dance, advance your skills and experience something extraordinary.

Train in Cuba with Tierra Kaliente!

Designed by Karelia Despaigne, director of Tierra Kaliente, an internationally known dance company in Havana, Dance Intensives give you opportunities to focus on specific Cuban dances to advance your skills while learning from the source in the context of the culture where the dances originate.

As a discerning traveler whether you are a beginning dance enthusiast or an experienced dancer, you want the best.  Dance Intensives 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
  • Private Dance Lessons
  • Travel Support
  • Practice Time Built In
  • Host Coordinator
  • Day Dancing
What to Expect

Kick off your weekend, week or 2 week immersion in Cuban culture and dance by joining your host at one of the famous concert venues in Havana.  No experience or partner required!

Your days are focused on dance with 4 hours of exercises, instruction and practice split into 2 sessions.  Training is 3 days on with a dance free day every 4th day.  In each 3 day module, you will have 1 day with an afternoon free and one day dancing experience included.   Day dancing includes dancing on the Malecon, attending a Rumba, or happy hour with your instructor at a local venue with live music and space for social dancing.  The details will vary depending on your course of study and interests.

We leave room in your schedule for you to pace yourself and make it easy for you to add additional lessons, activities, and social dance nights to fit your style.

For more specific details see F.A.Q.s

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2019 Spring Rates!

5 Day Intensive    $575 – $975
9 Day Intensive    $975 – $1650
14 Day Intensive  $1325 – $2150

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


Dance Intensive programs are priced to scale.  The base package includes comfortable rooms in guesthouses, airport transfers, your core programs and the perks of travel support.  Upgrading rooms and adding additional activities are offered as options to you to allow more flexibility.

With all Clave Cuba programs you get 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 Intensives include private lessons with professional instructors from Tierra Kaliente, a night out dancing with instructors, day dancing sessions, and a personal coordinator as your host to keep everything running smoothly so that you can focus on having fun.

All of your accommodations and airport transfers are included and you get exclusive travel support that includes phone/text support before and during your trip, a local mobile phone for your use, and our mobile app that includes resources to help you prepare for your trip.

Before you travel and while you are there we will be on hand to make recommendations and help you add activities, lessons and more dancing to suit your style.

5 Day Intensive

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lessons, 10 Hours
  • Night Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • 4 Nights in Havana
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

9 Day Intensive

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lesson, 20 Hours
  • Night Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • 8 Nights in Havana
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

14 Day Intensive

  • Host Coordinator
  • Private Dance Lessons, 30 Hours
  • Nights Out Dancing
  • Day Dancing
  • 13 Nights in Havana
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel Support
  • Local Mobile Phone

Options:   Room Upgrades, Beach Dance Tour, Music for Dancers Workshop, Percussion and Language Lessons, Day Dancing, Social Dancing at Night, and Additional Lessons.  Additional fees apply.

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.