Havana to host annual Baila en Cuba dance event in November

Posted: 08-Oct-16 10:35

Havana in Cuba will host Baila en Cuba, the International Meeting of Casino, Salsa Dancers and Dance Academies, in November. The event is being organised by Paradiso, the cultural tourism agency of Artex S.A, and this year’s musical genre will be Danzon. Visitors can take part in workshops and lectures that focus on Cuba's casino-related dance rhythms.

Havana to host annual Baila en Cuba dance event in November

Salsa enthusiasts will be in for a treat next month, as Havana gets ready to host Baila en Cuba. The International Meeting of Casino, Salsa Dancers and Dance Academies is being organised in Cuba’s capital by Artex S.A’s cultural tourism agency, Paradiso.

The event will take place from 20th to 26th November, 2016, and this year’s musical genre will be Danzon. There will be masterclasses, lectures and workshops from renowned professors from the Higher Art Institute, as well as a group of selected Cuban dance instructors

Dancers from 45 countries including Canada, the Caribbean, Germany, Latin America and Spain will be taking part in the cultural programme. Participants will be given dance lessons, dancing-couple competitions, and there will be nightly concerts with music from famous Cuba bands.

Artex’s cultural centre Benny More Salon Rosado de La Tropical, will host the concerts, and there will be an opening ceremony hosted by Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco and guests. Each of the concerts will have a theme which will depend on the band that plays. These include music performances from Knight of Son Adalberto Alvarez, Van with Alexander Abreu y Habana D´Primera, and the Pupy y los que Son band who will celebrate their 15th anniversary.

There is also an opportunity for dancers to enjoy Baila en Cuba Plus, which includes a night at an all-inclusive hotel in Varadero where they’ll enjoy a concert dedicated to women in salsa. There will be music from Anacaona, Tania Pantoja y su grupo and more.

Every year, the World Meeting of Casino and Salsa Dancers and Academies gathers hundreds of dancers and everyday people who are interested in learning the different musical genres and rhythms of Cuba’s culture such as mambo, chachachá, rumba. Last year, Salon Rosado de La Tropical hosted the Giant Casino Circle, where more than 1,000 couples took part in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the world’s largest casino dancing circle.

Salsa and dancing is an important part of Cuba’s culture, and Havana is home to many vibrant bars and clubs where visitors can dance until the early hours. The city is full of cultural delights, from historic attractions to the Malecon, the seafront promenade. Holidaymakers can visit attractions such as Catedral de San Cristobal; the Castillo de la Real Fuerza maritime museum, and the UNESCO-listed Old own with its bustling Plaza de Armas.


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