Dance program

Dance program

Four times a year we arrange intensive dance and music courses in Cuba. It’s been twenty years, since we arranged our very first course. It often happens that our course participants rejoin us in Cuba after a while. Because if you have visited this amazing Salsa island once, and have gotten the culture and dancing close to your heart, then it’s very difficult to not long to return to Cuba.

Do you want to play music? Then write us an email and we’ll see what we can do for you. The music program is not the same as the dance program.

The dance courses are arranged by Cuban Culture Club in cooperation with The National Dance school (Escuela Nacional de Arte) in Havana. The lessons are taught by professional Cuban teachers from the school, which are specially selected among Cuba’s best from ENA and ISA.

It’s possible to study at the school, as long as you want, after the course has ended. We’ll help you with acceptance at the school.

All course participants gets their own Cuban dance partner, who will assist the participants and dance together during the course. All the participants will also receive a diploma from the dance school by the end of the course. The courses last 14 days and are held in Havana, only 10 minutes from centrum. The Danish travel guide is Stine Ortvad. Stine is educated from The National Danceschool (Escuela Nacional de Arte) in Havana. She has also lived in Cuba for 5 years.

Course program

The lessons are divided by level. There are 3 hours of lessons daily, from Monday till Friday, from 9:30 – 13:00. There will be breaks for a total of 30 minutes. 

Here is an example of the daily program:

9.30 - 10.30

Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Afro-Cuban dancing

10.30 - 10.40

Break

10.40 - 11.40

Salsa couples dancing 

11.40 - 12.00

Break

12.00 -13.00

Rueda de Casino

After lunch, it’s possible to take ekstra lesson in both weeks with your dance partner or the dance teacher during the second week, but you have to make individually agreements.   

Activities included in the program the first week

  • Monday afternoon: there will be a guided tour in the old town “Old Havana”.

  • Tuesday afternoon: Along with all the Cubans, we will go to a Salsa concert after the daily lesson.
  • Wednesday afternoon: we will have an excursion to the Cuban National Dance School, here we will watch as the Cuban students train.
  • Thursday afternoon: calls for complete relaxation
  • Friday afternoon – first week: the first Friday of the course, there will be a Salsa party for all of the course participants, teachers and dance partners. The party starts with a communal dinner.
  • Friday afternoon – second week: is the end of the course, here we will relax with the Cubans by the pool.    

Apart from the activities in the first week, there are a range of activities you can participate in. There are a lot of music venues in Havana, where you can experience live salsa concerts every day. Other than that you can experience folklore music and dance venues, such as The Folkloristic National Ballet, Santeria parties (religious ceremonies), dance and theater shows, one Afro-Cuban museum, cabaret shows, trips to the beach, swimming with dolphins, one day trips to Pinar del Rio and much more.

These activities are not organized trips, but rather opportunities, which the guide encourages the course participants to experience on their own.

Sign up

You sign up to the course by sending us an email with all of the information, which are described under prices and booking.

Once we have receive all of your information, you will receive an invoice for the course, stay, half board etc. Plane tickets and health insurance you have to take care of yourself.