10+ years promoting Cuban culture
I organized my first trips to Cuba with dance students in December of 2009. Today, 10 years later, I combine all the different skills I’ve acquired from international traveling, event organizing, teaching, cultural studies and my continued connection with the beautiful Caribbean island to deliver 7 Days in Cuba, a boutique cultural tourism experience based on what I’ve found to make Cuba special and different from the 40 countries I have visited so far.
Organically grown in Cuba
I’m a Cuban-born dance instructor and cultural promoter with an in-depth knowledge of Cuban Salsa, which is actually called “Casino” in my native island.
I was born into a joyful family of people completely obsessed with music and dance. I grew up in the historic city of Santiago de Cuba, motherland to the very roots of Cuba’s most distinctive musical exports, and I lived in neighbourhoods renowned for their strong traditions of Conga, Son, and Afro-Haitian rhythms.
At the age of 24 I moved to Canada, where I continued to pursue post-secondary studies in anthropology, sociology and languages, eventually obtaining a double major from the University of British Columbia. I don’t have formal dance training in Casino because that doesn’t really exist. In Cuba, you don’t go to dance school to learn it. I dance like every other empirical Cuban dancer, and that’s the best role model I could be for anyone who wants to dance Casino like ordinary Cubans do. That being said, in my methodology I incorporate the skills acquired during four years at the Universidad de Ciencias Pedagógicas “Frank País” in Santiago de Cuba, where I studied to become an English teacher before moving abroad. I have dedicated a blog to traditional casino dancing and I am currently creating an online course to teach you how to dance, coming soon in 2019!
Collaborating with many Cuban artists
As a cultural promoter, I have had the immense fortune of working with some of the biggest names of Cuban music such as Havana D’ Primera, Descemer Bueno, Charanga Habanera, Buena Fe, Maykel Blanco, Azucar Negra, Timbalive, the Pedrito Martínez Group and rumba powerhouse Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, to name a few. My work has also included presenting stars of the World Music genre, such as Salif Keita, Buika and Yerba Buena.