Dancer Development

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Personalized training programs for the dancer who is ready to excel.

The Dancer Development program offers comprehensive training for the dancer who wants to dedicate themselves to unlocking their full potential as a dancer.  It is intended for the dancer who is ready to commit to 1:1 training in Cuba with continued practice and online guidance. 

Each program is custom-tailored taking into account your body type, potential, and experience to address habits that may be holding you back, to refine technique, or help you discover your own expression – whatever it is that you need to start or continue developing as a dancer.

Details

Availability

Year-round.  See the booking calendar for available dates.

Length

Variable. 

Travelers

1

Destination(s)

Havana

Optional Destinations

Excursions & Side Trips:  Soroa, Las Terrazas, Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos, Boca de Guama, Playa Giron, Calleta Buena, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, others by request

Alternate Program Locations:  Santiago

US Citizens & Residents

This program is designed to be compliant with the US Dept of Treasury travel regulations for travel under 31 CFR 515.574 Support of the Cuban People.  See terms and conditions for more details.

What to Expect

Each dancer in the dancer development program is assigned a personal dance program director who will assess your dancing, make recommendation on what to train and who to train with and tailor your program to include your preferences.  When you leave, you leave with a plan for continued individual training and opportunities to return to continue your development over time.

Each program is unique, designed specifically to your interests and goals.  A typical long weekend program includes:

  • 4 Nights in Havana in a Casa Particular (B&B)
  • Breakfast in your house to start the day strong
  • Transportation to/from scheduled activities
  • Airport Drop-off, Pick up optional
  • Travel Support, Q&A, Tips & Tools
  • Personal Dance Program Director
  • 1:1 Dance lessons, 2 1.5 hr sessions daily
  • 1:1 Guided studio practice time 1-2 hrs daily
  • Activities to compliment your training
Instructors

Instructors for classes, activities and social dancing sessions are all professional instructors selected by our Project Director, Karelia Despaigne.  They work independently or with dance companies and schools such as Tierra Kaliente, JJ, Ban Rarra, and Conjunto Folklorico. 

Instructors are recommended for your program based on your interests and experience.  Requests to work with specific instructors can be accommodated based on availability.

Lodging

We recommend staying in a Casa Particular to most travelers.  This allows you more opportunities to experience daily life in Cuba, supports locals, and is often a better value and more comfortable than a mid-range hotel.

That said, we can make arrangements for hostels, guest houses, independent apartments, and standard to boutique high-end hotels depending on your preferences.  All of the accommodations we book are places that we have seen in person.   

Our Standard

Because this is your vacation, our standard Casa is a step up from basic.  They are modernized rooms where you can expect to have hot water, decent water pressure, air conditioning, at least one 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.

Fees & Registration
Program Fees

Starting at $775/person for a 5 day weekend.  This is an estimate only.  The program price is variable, dependent on your interests and individual program design.

How to Register

1 Send us an message. 

2 Fill out the form we send you to define what you want to include and estimate the price of your trip.  We are happy to answer questions or set up a call to talk through it as well.

3 When you receive confirmation of dates and a final quote you’ll have a link to your personal tour where you can check the details and pay your deposit to confirm the trip.

Once your trip is confirmed, we will set you up on the mobile app and work with you get you set up and ready to travel!

Registration Deadline:  30 days prior to arrival
Deposit:  25% of the program fee with a $250 minimum
Balance Due: 45 days prior to the arrival date
Cancellation Deadline:  45 days prior to arrival

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

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