DANCE HOLIDAY IN HAVANA From 490GBP for 1 week
¡Vamos*Cuba! offers the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Cuban culture with a vibrant, dance holiday in Havana (extension up to one month available). You can choose from Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Traditional dances as mambo, cha-cha, danzon or Contemporary. Just pick one of our the classes listed below and get in touch. We aim to give you an authentic view of Cuba; away from the resorts and guided tour groups. By staying in a ‘casa particular’, and moving around in Havana by ‘taxi colectivo’, you’ll have the chance to see a side of Havana that the ¡Vamos*Cuba! team love. We’ll always be available to give you tips on where to eat, drink, relax and have fun. And since we work directly with the locals, you can be assured that your money is going straight to them and helping their community.
Flights and transfers: Our Dance holiday package doesn’t include flights. This leaves you flexible to choose when and from where you will fly. There are several companies flying to Havana (Virgin, Air France, KLM).
Your tour host Veronika or her local team is there to make your dance holiday as comfortable as possible and give you the insight of the real Cuba. She will take care of the practical organisation of the trip (offering the best advice on where to go in your free time, and the best places to eat, drink, and relax.) She will be your direct ¡Vamos*Cuba! contact throughout your stay. Being in love with Cuba and Cuban culture and currently living between Havana and the UK, your host has an intimate knowledge of the destination, and is also a huge fan of many styles of dance.
General guide of prices in Havana:
- Breakfast in Casa Particular: £2-4
- Dinner in CP: £4-7
- Dinner in a restaurant: £3-20
- Entrance to clubs: £2-10
- Mojitos, Cuba Libre etc.: £1-3
- Taxi Colectivo (old American cars works as taxi and mostly used by Cubans) £0.30 per ride
- Cubataxi: £0.60 per kilometre
- 1 litre of water: £0.60
Climate and temperatures Cuba has beautiful warm weather all year long and is a great escape during the winter months in Europe. Day temperatures can reach from 27 degree (November) to the low thirties (between April and October). At night it cools down a little. Short rain showers are very common in Cuba and usually limited to late afternoons.
Financial protection¡Vamos*Cuba! provides 100% financial protection to all its customers. *The price of Dance Holiday is valid until 31st of July. Euro price will depend on current exchange rate.
Salsa course: Depending on your level, in the first hour your teacher will introduce you to Cuban salsa – Casino; the principals of the dance and the movement. You will learn the basic steps of Cuban Casino and body movement. This course also includes 1 hour of Rumba, 1 hour of Cha Cha Cha, and 1 hour of Son.
Salsa Dance Partner: All students of salsa will have a Cuban dance partner throughout the salsa classes, which will enable you to get a really deep understanding of authentic Cuban salsa. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish; Veronika will be there to help out with language barriers, although some of the dance partners will speak some English. With your own dance partner the course is a far more intensive and rewarding learning experience. Soon you might dance like these kids
Afro Cuban – The Complex of Rumba Dances Rumba is a dance of profane Cuban expression with African and Hispanic influenced elements. In this workshop you will learn to dance the main Rumba styles—Yambu, Guaguanco and Columbia—to the beat of a live instrumental ensemble. (Live music available only with min of 4 participants)
Our Cuban dance teachers are all professional, experienced, and most importantly, fun dancers. Level: Classes are suitable for complete beginners to advanced dancers who wish to proficient their level. Your level will be assessed on the first day.
Modern dance course: Adapted from the Cuban dance technique, this workshop covers the plasticity, energy and virtuosity of its deeply Cuban roots. This course is taught by professional Cuban dance companies and covers the technique and practical methodology of the dance, whilst also covering elements of physical preparation and choreography composition.
We Also offer Ballet classes in Cuba. Please see the separate page for Ballet
ITINERARY (provisional itinerary subject to small changes)
We put together a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what you can expect from a holiday with ¡Vamos*Cuba!—but this is just a taste of what we have to offer. All afternoon plans and day excursions are entirely optional and flexible. Veronika or her team of local Cuban hosts will be available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your visit.
Day 1 Arrive in Havana. You’ll be picked up in style in a classic American car and taken to your accommodation in a ‘casa particular’ (a Cuban guesthouse). Depending on the time of your arrival, your host will meet you at your accommodation and discuss the details of your stay.
Day 2 In the morning, your tour host will take you to your first dance class. In the afternoon there is a short orientation walk through La Habana Vieja (Old Havana). In the evening you’ll have a chance to dance salsa at Club 1830, which is in a spectacular setting on the waterfront. It’s a popular place with many Cubans and dancers from around the world. Entrance fee: 3CUC.
Day 3 In the morning you will have your second dance class. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore, and we can advise you on the best places to visit. In the evening we have planned a visit to Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabana. You can attend the Ceremonia del Cañonazo, in which soldiers in nineteenth-century uniforms fire the canon at 9pm every evening. Entrance: 8CUC per person. Taxi required. After the ceremony, you’ll be taken to another great salsa venue, Hotel Florida, to see the locals in action. Entrance fee: 5CUC, 2 cocktails included.
The best way to experience Cuban life is by staying at a Cuban family home. Also gives you a great opportunity to practice Spanish. Havana has a wide range of ‘Casas particulares’. Vamos Cuba carefully selects the best Casas offering all the comfort you need and adding a unique touch to your holiday but with full privacy. For more information see our Accommodation
Individual Dance holidays in Cuba are run anytime during the year. Get in touch and let us know your preferred dates.
- Accommodation in private homes (based on 2 people sharing)
- Professional 1:1 dance tuitions of your choice (Salsa, Ballet, Afro-cuban, Modern dance, Contemporary)
- Nights out with Cuban dancers. (salsa programme)
- Visit of rehearsal of dance school or company
- Dine&Mingle - As the guest of a local host, you'll experience their warm hospitality and enjoy a delicious Cuban meal
- Bilingual ¡Vamos*Cuba! (English-Spanish) tour host
- Assistance from the Vamos Cuba team
- Practical information and a city map of Havana on arrival.
- Transfers to and from the airport in Havana
- Tourist card (£15-20) and Departure tax – 25CUC
- Meals and drinks (breakfast and dinner can be arranged with the Casa owner)
- Entrance to clubs, museums, day trips etc.
- Single room supplement
- Extension to any length of stay in Cuba
- Trips to Trinidad or Varadero (prices will be provided closer to the date)
- Spanish, percussion or guitar classes.
- Additional dance class of your choice