Dance in Cuba! Dec 2017

Ramon Ramos Alayo
  • Email address verified
9 reviews
Dec 14 - 28, 2017
Group size: 10-25
Dance in Cuba! Dec 2017

Ramon Ramos Alayo
  • Email address verified
9 reviews

Deposit: $800
Dec 14 - 28, 2017
Group size: 10-25

About this trip


Dance in Cuba! December 14 - 28, 2017

Join us for an exciting two week dance workshop in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.

Hosted by Ramon Ramos and Amy Draizen of CubaCaribe

Guest hosts: Micaya, Samara Atkins, and Yeni Lucero

This amazing trip is rich with culture and infused with joy. We offer a balance of structured and unstructured time, so you are free to join group activities or explore on your own. Here are the basics:


We will study with some of the most respected companies in all of Cuba: Ban Rarrá in Havana, and Danza del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba. Each day we will have three invigorating hours of classes including Folkloric (Afro-cuban, Yoruba, Afro-Haitian) and Popular styles (Salsa, Son, Rueda de Casino, Rumba)(30 hours total.) Classes will feature live drumming and music. All levels of dancers, from beginner to advanced, are welcome to join.

PLUS, on this trip we will offer a hip hop workshop with the opportunity to perform!


We will stay in private homes (called casa particulares)in the heart of the city in both Havana and Santiago, within walking distance of the major sites of each city. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals by private chefs in our homes.  Get to know your Cuban hosts and teachers, go to private events and parties with them, and share in their rich cultural traditions. 


We will spend one week in Havana and one week in Santiago, Cuba's two most fascinating cities. We will take walking tours, visit museums and cultural sites, and take advantage of the exciting nightlife. In addition, we offer excursions to some of Cuba's most spectacular sights, including magnificent tobacco growing region of Pinar del Rio in the western part of the island, and the most famous church in all of Cuba, Cathedral El Cobre in Santiago. And what would a trip to Cuba be without going to the beach?! 

Dance in Cuba with us! 

General Itinerary: (subject to change)

Dec 13 - Leave for Ft Lauderdale

Dec 14 - Fly to Havana

Dec 15 -16 - Dance classes / Explore Havana 

Dec 17 - Trip to Pinar del Rio 

Dec 18 - 20 - Dance classes in Havana

Dec 21 - Drive from Havana to Santiago 

Dec 22 - 23 - Dance classes / Explore Santiago

Dec 24 - Tour of Santiago/El Cobre 

Dec 25 - 27 - Dance Classes in Santiago

Dec 28 - Fly from Santiago to US

This program has been qualified for legal entry to Cuba. Trip costs: 

$2975 double room / $3325 single room

One week option: Havana Dec 14-21, or Santiago Dec 21-28: 

$2075 double room /$2250 single room

Registration closes November 17, 2017, full amount to be paid by December 1, 2017.  Advance registration is required and enrollment is limited to 25 people. A non-refundable deposit of $800 is required to register, book flights and visa arrangements. 

Travelers who wish to travel on dates other than those specified for the group may do so for a $100 administrative fee. Please discuss with us before making your arrangements.

For further details or questions, please contact:


What’s included

Round trip airfare from Ft Lauderdale to Cuba, accommodations, two meals a day, local transportation, private house parties, and all dance classes.

Not included

Round trip airfare to Ft Lauderdale, lunches, private lessons, nightlife, gratuities.

Before You Go


Make your reservations to FLL now!! We will meet at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, Jet Blue counter early on the morning of December 14th (so you will need to make your flight to FLL for the day before, 12/13, or take the red eye.) Your return flight from Cuba (December 21st if you are staying for one week, December 28th if you are staying for the second week) will arrive in the early afternoon, so you should make your return reservation out of FLL as late in the day as possible to allow for delays, customs, etc. We will provide you with all the necessary visas, paperwork, etc. prior to travel. Let's get packing!

Meet Before We Go

We will hold an informational meeting before the trip on Sunday, December 3rd at 11am, to answer any additional questions you may have. In the meantime, feel free to call with any questions: 510-469-8954. 

Available Packages

Two Weeks, Double Room

All double rooms will have a minimum of two beds and a private bathroom.

Deposit: $800
Two Weeks, Single Room

Our single rooms offer more privacy, and whenever possible will be located in a house with other participants.

Deposit: $800
One Week, Double Room

All double rooms will have a minimum of two beds, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.

Deposit: $800
One Week, Single Room

Our single rooms offer more privacy, and whenever possible will be located in a house with other participants.

Deposit: $800
Paying Cash

If you are paying by cash separately, select this package. The same prices apply. (not the $0 indicated below!!)

One and 1/2 week special offer

For travelers coming less than the full two weeks, sharing a room. Please add $200 for a single room.

In addition, travelers with travel dates other than those offered by the original trip must add on the $100 admin fee. 

Deposit: $0

Available options

Travel on other than scheduled dates
Deposit: $800

Two Weeks, Double Room


Thursday, Dec 14
Arrive in Havana

We will meet in Florida and fly together to La Habana. After we get settled into our casa particulares (private homes, like bed and breakfasts) right in the heart of Centro Havana, there will be time to explore the colorful streets and maybe take a stroll along the malecón.

Your Organizer

Ramon Ramos Alayo
9 reviews
Ramón Ramos Alayo is a Cuban-born dancer, teacher, choreographer and the founder and artistic director of the Alayo Dance Company and CubaCaribe. Ramos was selected by the Cuban government to study dance in Santiago de Cuba at age eleven. In 1990 he earned a masters degree in contemporary and folkloric dance and dance education from Havana’s National School of Art. He was the principal dancer with Danza del Caribe in Santiago and Narciso Medina Contemporary Dance Company in Havana and performed in Cuba, Europe, Canada, Belize and the U.S. Since moving to California in 1997, he has performed with some of the most respected choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Amy Draizen has been traveling to Cuba to study dance since 2002, and now works with CubaCaribe doing fundraising and events. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for Cuban music, dance, and culture as Trip Leader for Dance in Cuba.


Thank you, Amy and Ramon, for a fulfilling dance trip to Cuba. I couldn't have asked for better instructors, both in Havana and Santiago. Their professionalism and teaching abilities were high quality. The number of drummers we had at each class made for such a powerful immersion. Our accommodations in both locations were very comfortable and in great locations. The food was also delicious. I really appreciated knowing in advance that we could schedule private classes with the teachers and what the rate would be, and then to have the teachers ready and willing to schedule classes on the fly when we were there. They couldn't have been more accommodating to our needs as dance /drum students. This trip is definitely one that can meet the needs of any type of dancer -- from a professional to a social dancer. It is one where you get out of it what you put into it, and what you choose to do with your time there. Amy and Ramon offer a great balance of structure and flexibility, and I deeply appreciated both aspects. Thanks for providing a life-changing dance experience. Cuba is forever a part of my heart. xo
Amazing. Ramon arranges to have very high-quality dance instructors that impart knowledge of the culture and meanings of afro-cuban dance traditions along with teaching us the dances. There are a solid 3 hours of dance class each day, with a mix of folkloric afro-cuban classes along with more popular dances (salsa, rumba, rueda). Also, you get to learn afro-cuban Haitian dances that come from eastern Cuba, a unique opportunity. Importantly, for the popular dance classes we are assigned a professional dance partner to dance with us -- what a treat! They were all amazing dancers and we got to dance with them every day. In addition, this trip attracts a mix of interesting adventurous people who are respectful and open to learning about the Cuban culture. The dance classes end by about noon each day, leaving ample time for participants to explore Havana and Santiago as they wish. Also, Ramon arranges for a local person to be our "guide" ensuring that we figure out practical issues (like exchanging money, getting laundry done, finding cabs, etc.) as well as an artistic/cultural guide, who helped us learn about cultural opportunities (good museum exhibits, art venues, etc.) and shared interesting historical and cultural perspectives on Cuba. Ramon also arranges for us to eat at interesting paladares that were delicious and that we could not find on our own.
By Leticia Miranda for Dance in Cuba (May) on Jan. 13, 2017
This was a dance focused trip to Cuba- 3 hours a day of instruction by expert teachers and live drummers, plus lots of opportunities after for practice. It was without a doubt one of my favorite trips - beautiful country with warm and welcoming people, rich culture and an immersive experience! The extra day Ramon organized to the river was definitely one of the highlights! Muchas gracias!!!!
By Kyoko Yamada for Dance in Cuba (July) on Jul. 24, 2016
I cannot express in enough words what an amazing experience it was. I cannot wait to go back.
By Melanie Greene for Dance in Cuba (July) on Jul. 19, 2016
It was a magical and beautiful trip! Ramon leads an incredible dance study tour that is the perfect "un-tourist" experience. There was ample time for both dance study and exploring the cities of Havana and Santiago! The group I was with were amazing. Lifetime friendships were made on that trip!
By amara smith for Dance in Cuba (May) on Jun. 14, 2016
Show More Reviews