From December 15th to 29th, Rueda Con Ritmo and Companía All Stars will be hosting a Cuba Dance Trip, and you can choose to join us for one or two weeks. This trip qualifies for legal travel to Cuba under the Public Performances General License and Support for the Cuban People General License (follow links for details).
You can also join us and the All Stars in Tulum, Mexico the previous week (December 7th to 14th) — click here for more info.
Each week-long trip to Cuba features a full-time schedule of activities to enhance contact with the Cuban people and enhance Cuban civil society. Included in the itinerary are 15 hours of dance rehearsals in popular Cuban dance styles including Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Son, Rumba, and more with the Santiago Cuban All Stars Dance Company, in preparation for a public performance with the All Stars at the end of each week, open for attendance by the Cuban public.
Rehearsals will be separated according to level of dance experience by Jorge Luna Roque and members of the internationally acclaimed Santiago All Stars – click here to see a video of the All Stars. Our public performances will include dancers of all levels of experience, from professional to amateur.
December 15 - 22: Havana and Bayamo*
We'll begin our trip in Havana, Cuba's largest city and home to most of the country's most famous dance bands. Besides our daily rehearsals with Companía All Stars, we'll meet the Fundadores de la Rueda de Casino, some of the original dancers of what is now called Salsa Cubana, now in their 70s. At the end of the week we'll travel to Bayamo, one of Cuba's most historic cities, where we'll perform at the Oriente Rueda Festival, where Rueda groups from throughout the eastern third of Cuba will come to dance and compete.*
December 22 - 29: Santiago, Cobre, and Guantánamo*
To start the second week of our trip, we'll go to Santiago, the home city of the All Stars, known throughout Cuba as La Cuna de Son (the birthplace of Son). During our stay in Santiago we'll have daily rehearsals with the All Stars and also take a day trip to Cobre to visit one of Cuba's most significant religious sites and to listen to some great Steel Band music. We'll also visit Guantánamo City, home of Changüí, Tumba Francesa, and the Franco-Haitian dances. To finish our second week we’ll perform in Santiago with the All Stars at one of Santiago’s Casas de Cultura (amateur cultural centers).*
*Exact schedule of events is subject to change.
Trip Price (register by November 1st):
One week $2000 double room*** / $2150 single room
Two weeks $2900 double room*** / $3150 single room
***Double room price is contingent on there being a roommate available for you, otherwise you must pay for a single room
Included in the program: Flights Florida/Cuba and Cuba/Florida, travel license, visa, participation in dance rehearsals and performances (~15 hours/week), full-time schedule of activities, accommodations (private homestays in casas particulares), 2 meals/day (private paladares), and transportation between cities. Not included: cover/entrance charges.
Your spot is not confirmed until we receive your deposit and online registration -- payment instructions appear at the end of the online registration form (see below).
To guarantee a spot for you on the trip, we must receive your non-refundable deposit of $800 before November 1st. Final balance is due December 1st.
To join the trip, just fill out this online registration form and submit your deposit. Instructions about submitting your deposit appear at the end of the form.
Please contact us or call Ryan and Sidney at 301-775-6142 if you have any additional questions. We look forward to dancing in Cuba with you!