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Ramon Ramos Alayo
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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.



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Thank you Ramon & Amy! I had a wonderful time with the great group of dancers and teachers and family hosts Cuba is a fascinating and beautiful country, very warm and welcoming people. The only problem for me was with lack of internet communication in Santiago and not always knowing when meet up times were. Cheers, Barbara
By Barbara Hunt for Dance in Cuba! Dec 2017 on Jan. 08, 2018
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
The trip was an absolute blast, from dance lessons in the morning (after excellent breakfast at main case, and hotel in Santiago) to various wandering and discoveries in the afternoon, equally excellent dinners, more dancing with our teachers at clubs in the evening, or attending phenomenal ballet and jazz performances. All this thanks to Ramon, and other organizers, who were superb, caring, attentive. Talk about value for money!
By Andrew Ross for Dance in Cuba (May) on Jun. 12, 2016
Ramon, thank you so much for everything including introducing us to amazing amazing dance teachers and dancers to organizing such a dynamic group of people to travel with. Now I'm back in Panama but I'm already planning my next trip! See you in San Francisco!
By Alisa Clayton for Dance in Cuba (May) on Jun. 05, 2016
Amazing!!!!! One of the best trips I've been on Ramon and Susanna were wonderful! Best hosts and best trip!!!
By vanessa tearnan for Dance in Cuba december on Jan. 29, 2016
This is my second trip with Ramon and I had a wonderful time as before. I highly recommend to someone who wants to have a true Cuba experience.
By amy levine for Dance in Cuba december on Jan. 29, 2016