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 some 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.

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Instructor Lineup

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

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Erick Barberia, Cuban dancer, singer and percussionist, graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA) in Habana, Cuba. He began his professional career in the Artistic Community Company, Korimakao as a dancer, drummer and actor. subsequently, he became a master teacher of dancing, singing and Afro-Cuban percussion in both the ENA and the Escuela Internacional de las Artes (CENCEA) in Havana, Cuba.


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.

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Jorge Luis Fernandez

Jorge Luis Fernandez Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer from Cuba, Graduated from ENA( National School of Dance from Cuba), especially in Cuban Folklore, Afro, Rumba, Salsa and popular Styles, Contemporary, and Musician. Participations in Different Shows, Programs, Fest and Congress alike, Santiago Alfonso Company from Cuba, Habana Queen Company from Cuba, Rakatan Company from Cuba, Lady Salsa show, Habana Rakatan Show etc..... Visiting some Countries Like France, Suiza, England, Canada, Rusia and USA... Las Vegas Salsa bachata congress, Las Vegas Salsa Bachata Fest, Cirque Du Soleil, Afro Sexy.....!!! Teacher in Naiboa Dance Studio Las Vegas NV, Rhythmic Dance Studio Las Vegas NV, Moderno Dance Center Las Vegas NV.

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Indira Mora Cueto

Indira Mora Cueto graduated from the National School of Art, of modern, contemporary and folkloric dance. She became part of different top dance companies in Cuba like Santiago Alfonzo and Ballet Rakatan. She participated in different festivals and congresses in Europe, especially Italy, Switzerland, etc. She has collaborated with dancers like Seo Fernandez and currently with Jorge Luis Fernandez, and works in two shows in Las Vegas-Cirque Du Soleil Zumanity and Sexxy show. She has participated in different salsa congresses in the USA and also teaches in different schools of Salsa, Rumba, and Reggaeton: Naiboa Dance Studio, Sin City Salsero, and Moderno Dance Center.


Wilfredo Guilbiac Rodriguez

Wilfredo is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher with a degree from Escuela de Artes Varietur in Havana, Cuba. While there, he specialized in Afro-Cuban technique, modern dance, and Cuban popular styles and worked with some of the country’s most important names in these fields. International performances and teaching gigs at dance festivals have taken him to Germany, France, Curacao, Mexico and all over the US. Wilfredo was also selected as a judge in the first annual World Latin Dance Cup with producer Albert Torres. Currently, he teaches classes in San Diego and is the artistic director of La Tribu dance group.


Michelito Herrera

Michael "Michelito" Herrera is the former Musical Director of the world-acclaimed Cuban folkloric dance group Yoruba Andabo. Alongside General Director Yosvany del Pino, Miguel led Yoruba Andabo for four years, in which he managed the musical arrangements, vocal and musical instrument performances, as well as the artistic dance repertoire of an exceedingly-talented group of dancers and musicians. A self-taught dancer and musician, Miguel has been deeply immersed in Cuban folkloric dance and performance since he was six years old, performing in child dance ensembles. A native of La Habana, Cuba, he has shared the world stage with some of Cuba's and Latin America's most prominent musicians and artists, including Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell & Los Van Van, Oscar de Leon, Xiomara Laugart from Yerba Buena, Calle 13 and Juanes in stages all over the globe, including the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Brazil and Cuba. Most recently, Miguel performed with Yoruba Andabo and Chucho Valdes at Carnegie Hall in New York City in November of 2012.

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Boaz Porath

Boaz has trained as a Salsa dancer and instructor throughout many countries, including Cuba. He began his dance career in 1996 joining an Israeli Folklore Dance Troupe, quickly becoming one of the lead dancers, traveling worldwide to represent Israel in various international folklore dance festivals, and advocating for peace, compassion and acceptance of the other. In 2006 Boaz opened his own Salsa school in Tokyo, Japan. This was a successful endeavor for the 1.5 years Boaz lived in Tokyo, spreading the word about Latin Salsa, collaborating with other dance schools and driving the growth of the Salsa community in Tokyo.

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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. 

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Mike Eskeldson & Jaime Fuller

Mike has studied, danced, performed, and taught Cuban Salsa for more than a decade. He is the fearless leader of Rumbanana. His mission is to share his addiction of Cuban music and dance and to boldly seek out new information, resources, and music. Jaime has been studying and dancing Cuban Salsa for over nine years. She began taking classes from Rumbanana in 2009 and joined the Rumbanana performance team in 2010.

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Tim Snedeker & Rocio Montelongo

Tim has over 20 years of dancing experience. He began his journey dancing linear LA style for about four years prior to discovering Cuban Salsa. In 2002, Tim connected with Eric Johnson and became part of his performance team, “Rueda San Diego”. In 2010, he created his own performance team called “enRuédame Mas”. Tim has had the opportunity to perform with the “Rueda All Stars” at the Holguin Festival, and continues to be a leader in the Cuban Salsa community in North County SD. Rocio, moved to SD in 2014 and joined the San Diego “Rueda Casineros”, becoming one of its key leaders in community building. A year later, she joined “enRuédaMe Mas” as co-director. Rocio, launched and co-produced in 2016 the first Cuban Dance Congress in San Diego.

I just wanted to stop in and say how much fun I had at the Seattle Cuban Dance Fest! Thanks for putting together such a great weekend!
— Crystal Wulff

Performer Lineup

Dance the night away to the beat of some of the best music performers in the West Coast.



Yeny Valdes (Ex-VanVanera ) Will be Singing … Despues de Todo - Mi Mimi - La moda - La Costurera - Duda - Soy la mujer que quiero ser and more. Don’t miss it!

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Cambalache has challenged and redefined the characteristic sound of northwest salsa scene. Never afraid to incorporate new ideas, or to drop others that have been exploited. Cambalache’s eclectic style is an embodiment of the richness and diversity of latin america. Deeply rooted in the latest music movements developing in cuba and puerto rico, Cambalache’s performances are a blend of great salsa classics and contemporary tunes. At each performance, audiences are seduced by the energetic atmosphere of rumba and nueva salsa.



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The energy and vibe of Seattle Cuban Dance Fest can’t be compared to anything else!
— Aaron Li




Meany Hall at University of Washington

4040 George Washington Lane NE

Seattle, WA 98105



Email: info@clavecubanaseattle.com

Phone: 425-346-0508



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Club Sur

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La Clave Cubana Dance Studio

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Geo's Cuban & Creole Cafe

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