Seattle Cuban Dance Fest 2017



Seattle, WA

July 14 - 16, 2017





Learn to dance like a Cuban

The Seattle Cuban Dance Fest is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing Cuban traditional dances. This year's line-up includes five of the finest Cuban dance instructors in the West Coast.

Join us for three days of high intensity workshops with the instructors and live percussionists, performances, live Cuban bands, and social parties.



This year's line-up includes five of the finest Cuban dance instructors in the West Coast.


Kati Hernandez

Kati brings to the USA her humble, yet explosive and uplifting energy. Kati's knowledge of dance and choreography reveals her intricate and versatile style, making her a highly sought-after performer, nationally and internationally. A native of Cuba, Kati grew up surrounded by the sounds of the drum and the Afro-Cuban tradition. Her dance studies included folkloric, popular, modern, ballet, choreography, composition and staging. Her earlier performances include the Havana International Jazz Festival with Cuban stars such as Bobby Carcases and Chucho Valdez and the Bienal Internacional de la Habana with Afro-Cuban music and performance icon Mercedita Valdez and visual artist Manuel Mendive.


Roberto Borrell

Roberto has 35 years of experience performing and instructing Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance and Cuban Popular Dance. He is master dancer and teacher of Cuban popular dance styles such as son montuno, danzón, and cha cha cha and over the years he has developed a unique and entertaining style of teaching. Roberto learned traditional and popular Afro-Cuban dance, percussion, and song from master musicians and dancers while growing up in la Havana Vieja, Havana, Cuba. He is a respected dancer and percussionist of Afro-Cuban Yoruba, Abakua (Calabar), Rumba, Arará (Dahony), and Palo (Congo).


Maiensy Sanchez

With more than 20 years of experience, Maiensy learned the art of teaching from her third dad, Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet, and the creator of the internationally celebrated method known as the Cuban School of ballet. She began her teaching career at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores (TEC) de Monterrey, Mexico. She created and taught a Latin American music and dance curriculum for the International Programs department. Her work as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer contributed to the development of the first Seattle community with a genuine interest in two of the most significant sources of Cuban cultural expression: its music and its dance.


Daniela Gallardo

Daniela is the Co-Director of La Clave Cubana, Seattle's premier salsa dance group where she teaches the essence of Cuban dances such as Salsa/Casino & Rueda De Casino, and other Afro-Cuban Dance. Daniela's love for music and dancing started at a young age leading her to be one of the principal dancers at the music festivals in her school. Daniela’s salsa background started in 2009. LA style was her first learned style but in 2011, Cuban Casino stole her heart. As soon as she moved to Seattle, Daniela participated in various auditioning sessions until she was accepted in “La Clave Cubana” where she developed her skills as an instructor which has given her the opportunity to share her knowledge and love for dancing Cuban Salsa.


Reinier Valdes

Reinier is the Director of La Clave Cubana, Seattle's premier salsa dance group where he teaches the essence of Cuban dances such as Salsa/Casino & Rueda De Casino, and other Afro-Cuban Dance. Reinier first started dancing to the Afro-Cuban rhythms at the young age of 13. Reinier got immediately discovered by a professional Afro Cuban dance team which recruited his talent and showcased him all over Cuba. At the age of 18 he graduated from the Cuban school of dance as a dance instructor specializing in Popular Dances, such as Cuban Salsa, Son, Cha cha cha , Mambo and Rumba. Reinier now lives in Seattle where he continues to share his talent and passion for the Afro-Cuban rhythms through dance classes, workshops, and performances at his studio, La Clave Cubana. 




This year we have a packed schedule with workshops, performances, live bands, and social parties. 



9pm - 2am

Welcome Party

We will kick-off the festival at Cuba Libre Night social dance. DJ Reinier will be spinning the lastest Timba, Reggaeton, and Son of the Island. 

DJ: Reinier Valdes
Location: Lake Chad Cafe



1:30PM - 2:25pm

"Finding the clave” Lecture

A awe-inspiring lecture about the Cuban"clave" music instrument and its leading role in Cuban Popular Music and Dance.

Instructor: Roberto Borrell
Location: Club Sur

2:30PM - 3:25PM

Rumba Guaguanco

With live drummers, learn & develop coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness, & enrich your knowledge of the Cuban Culture.

Instructors: Reinier Valdes & Kati Hernandez
Location: Club Sur

3:30pm - 4:25pm

Son Montuno Workshop

The son montuno is a subgenre of son cubano. The son itself is the most important genre of Cuban popular music.

Instructors: Roberto Borrell & Mayensi Sanchez
Location: Club Sur

7pm - 9pm

Dinner & Live Traditional Cuban Music

Kiki Valera (who is considered by many to be Cuba's greatest living cuatro player) will be playing traditional Cuban music.

$10 (not included in Fest Passes)
Location: Sea Monsters Lounge.

8:30pm - 2am

Social Night & Performances at Club Sur

Gala night. Dress to impress. Several performances (to the announced), DJ Baracoa will be spinning. 
Location: Club Sur.

(Free for Full Pass Holders or Saturday Single Pass holders)


10:30AM - 11:25AM

Afro-Cuban Workshop

With live drummers, come learn & develop coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness & enrich your knowledge of Cuban Culture.

Instructor: Kati Hernandez
Location: Club Sur

11:30am - 12:25pm

Cuban Styling for Men & Women Workshop

This class is for designed for experienced dancers who want to spice up his/her dance style with Cuban styling techniques.

Instructors: Kati Hernandez & Reinier Valdes
Location: Club Sur

12:30pm - 1:25pm

Rueda de Casino Workshop

Rueda de Casino is a style of salsa dancing for at least two couples, with one leader who calls out different movements or steps.

Instructors: Reinier Valdes & Daniela Gallardo
Location: Club Sur

2pm - 5:30pm

Cuban Social Lunch & Beach Dance Party

We will eat traditional Cuban food at one of Seattle's best Cuban restaurants, & then heading to the beach to dance.

Locations: Geo’s Cuban & Creole Café,  and Golden Gardens Beach

5:30pm - 7pm

Instructors available for private classes

Contact the instructor you would like a private class with.





Workshops have limited space available as we like to keep them intimate and personalized. Register now to reserve your spot. 


Full Fest

This Pass grants you access all 6 workshops throughout Saturday (July 15th) and Sunday (July 16th) workshops, the performances, and the two Social Nights hosted by Seattle Cuban Dance Fest.


Single Day

This Pass will allow you to access one full day (Saturday, July 15th or Sunday, July 16th) of workshops (3 total), the performances, and one of the Social Nights hosted by Seattle Cuban Dance Fest.


This pass will allow you to register to individual workshops of your choice on Saturday (July 15th) or Sunday (July 16th).



This Pass is only for performers of the Fest. It grants you access all 6 workshops throughout Saturday (July 15th) & Sunday (July 16th), the performances, & the 2 Social Nights.




Fest location:

Club Sur
2901 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134