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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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.

 
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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.

 
Maritza Baida

MARITZA BAIDA

Maritza has been exposed to Cuban dances since 1998 and developed her dance skills since 2003. After her exposure to Rueda de Casino, she began training with Cuban dance master instructors for the next 11 years. In 2011, she moved to San Diego and began building an ever-growing Cuban dance community. Maritza has performed in semi professional Cuban dance teams for congresses in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Vancouver BC and Palm Springs. She now has her own dance team called EscoRueda and has lead choreographed pieces for the San Diego Cuban Dance Congress. Maritza avidly advocates to promote, preserve and practice Cuban dancing and keeping the Cuban music alive in San Diego and beyond.

 
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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.

 
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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. 

 
 
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.

 
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CAMBALACHE

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.

 
Ache Son

ACHE SON

Ache Son play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930's in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like Ache Son have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.

 
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DJ WALT DIGZ

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DJ BARACOA

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DJ REINIER

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

Location

 

Location

University of Washington Building TBA

1201 NE Campus Pkwy

Seattle, WA 98105

 

Contact

Email: info@clavecubanaseattle.com

Phone: 425-346-0508

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EVENT SPONSORS

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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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