Arrive to Havana by early afternoon on the first day of your trip. Mid-day flights have shorter waits in getting through immigration and customs and it allows you time to get checked in and explore the city before diving into the training program.
Stay in comfortable and modernized privately owned B&B’s known as Casa Particulares in Cuba. We have several locations in Havana that are set up specifically for dancers and have everything you need to focus your time in Cuba on training and rejuvenation. Rooms include AC, and private bathrooms. Some have WiFi connections on site and a balcony or terrace for your use.
Meet your dance coordinator at a nearby ‘paladar,’ an independently owned restaurant or bar, for introductions and a brief orientation. Go over the schedule, review details, and answer any lingering questions you may have. This is also an opportunity to connect with your coordinator and learn more about what it is to be a professional dancer in Cuba. Your coordinator is the person you will call if you will be late to class, want to add lessons, change lessons, or have any dance program related questions.
Join hosts, El Purito or Rosa la Peligrosa, for a concert at an internationally known venue like Casa de Musica. Soak in the sounds and rhythms of Cuba. This night is all about enjoying the music, letting loose, and dancing out loud. Take the opportunity to get to know your host and learn about the importance of music and dance as a form of self expression in Cuba. Expect informal discussions about Cuban music composition, its role in society, and the historical and present day cultural influences that have shaped Cuban music and dance.
Is it a musicality workshop? Yes, it is the ultimate musicality workshop, an interactive experience where you will be hands on as musician and dancer to better understand both parts of the dialogue.
Spend the day at the house of internationally-known musicians in Playa del Este, enjoy down time at the beach, listen to guest speakers, dance on the beach, and stay after dinner for a jam session with guest musicians.
2: Cuban Movement & Styling
Reviewing and refining body movements, focusing on body isolations and then applying that to your personal self expression of dance (a.k.a. styling). Partnerwork incorporates the body work into social dancing. 3 Hours with Tierra Kaliente
Customize your trip by adding individual activities. Sign up for private lessons, social dance sessions, a bike tour of the city, a cooking class, a dance tour of Old Havana, or have us create a custom experience that caters to your interests. Once you register we’ll set you up online and you’ll have an opportunity to add to your program as much or as little as you want to match your style.
Septeto Santiaguero & Pupy y Los Que Son Son
1: Keys to Partnerwork
2: Applying Keys to Partnerwork
3: Casino Patterns & Partner
Practice Work with a senior instructor on keys to partner work in Casino. Then practice for the 2nd hour with the same instructor, applying the keys to moves you know and to new patterns. In the 3rd hour practice what you are learning with a senior instructor as your dance partner. 3 Hours with Tierra Kaliente
Join members of Tierra Kaliente and other travelers for an afternoon of ‘Day Dancing.’ It is a sunset dance party by the sea. We’ll start with sueltas to warm you up and throw in a few unexpected challenges to get you laughing. Grab a partner and dance, jump in when someone is calling a rueda or enjoy socializing with instructors and other travelers.
Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son & Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco
1: Styling & Embellishments
2: Popular Cuban Dances
3: Casino Improvisations
With a senior instructor work on incorporating ‘espectacular’ movements or embellishments into social partner dancing. The 2nd hour is dedicated to exploring different popular dances and the 3rd hour is focused on to improvise and apply popular dances to Casino for social and dancing and sueltas. 3 Hours with Tierra Kaliente
Haila & Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
Take a day to let your mind and body rest. This is an ideal day to explore other aspects of Cuban culture or take a day to get out of the city. Find individual activities on your own, sign up for an experience we offer, or work with us to create something unique to you.
Alain Daniel & Elito Reve y su Charangon
Get an early start and be on the road by 7 AM. We will travel by private coach from Havana to Camagüey, stopping along the way in random places to stretch legs and dance. Have the remainder of the afternoon to explore Camagüey where we will stay the evening and have a night out with local dancers.
Get another early start to arrive in Santiago early afternoon to step into the first day of workshops at the Salsa Festival Santiago de Cuba.
Sabór de Calle – Terraza de la Salsa – Tierra Kaliente – Los Corales
Ballet Folklórico Cutumba – Ballet Folklórico Oriente – All Stars
For the complete festival schedule, see the Dance4Two website.
It’s time to say goodbye! We recommend you book your return flight from Santiago instead of returning to fly out from Havana. It is easier now than before – American Airlines offers a direct flight to Miami from where you can connect to most locations in the US.
November 16 – 29, 2019
Small Groups 4-6 Travelers
Havana, Camaguey, Santiago
Havana: Tierra Kaliente, Julian sola Diaz,
Santiago: Sabór de Calle, Terraza de la Salsa, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, Ballet Folklórico Oriente, Los Corales, All Stars
Baile en Cuba: Septeto Santiaguero, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son, Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco, Haila, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Alain Daniel, Elito Reve y su Charangon
Clave Cuba is licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under section 31 C.F.R. §515.572(a)(1) to provide travel services to individuals under US jurisdiction traveling to Cuba. We provide you with a full schedule of activities and a certificate of legal travel to Cuba through our Humanitarian Projects licensed under 31 CFR § 515.575.
6 nights in Havana,
1 in Camaguey
6 nights in Santiago
Double rooms in
3 Snacks & Water
Shuttle to Concerts, Havana
Taxi to/from Playa del Este
Private Coach to Santiago
Concert Pass Baile en Cuba
TK Dancers at the Concerts
Full Festival Pass to Salsa Festival Santiago de Cuba
Onboarding & Mobile App
Certificate of Legal Travel
Documentation & Retention
Orientation, Havana by Night, Music for Dancers Workshop, Private Group Lessons in Havana, Day Dancing on the Malecon, All Concerts included in the Baile en Cuba Pass; All Workshops, Parties, Concerts, Boat Trips and Shows included in the Salsa Festival Santiago Full Pass
You will be staying in guesthouses that are set up to cater to dancers with studio space in the house such that you can roll out of bed and right into your classes. We will make every effort to group you based on similar levels of experience with 4-6 dancers at each location.
Flights, associated fees and personal travel expenses are not included.
Transportation to/from the airport and within Havana and Santiago other than what is listed as included is not included. We are happy to make arrangements for you, but did not include it to allow for more autonomy within the groups.
Lunch and dinner are on your own, giving you more flexibility.
Visa / Tourist Card
The airlines provide access to purchase your ‘visa’ online or at the gate.
$2340 Havana to Santiago
$600 Deposit with Registration
Balance Due: Sept 20, 2019
To sign up, use the form on this page and follow instructions to complete your registration.
We’ve included a core program of training and activities in Havana with room to add private lessons, activities and custom experiences to personalize your trip. Once you are registered you will have the opportunity to add to your itinerary or leave it as it is.
Airport Transfers, Mobile Phone Rentals, and other travel services can be added to your program by request. Additional fees apply.
If you can’t join us for the full 2 weeks or have already secured a festival pass, contact us for other options. You may still be able to join us and support Tierra Kaliente in raising funds for their new school!