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Havana Dance Workshop

April 12 - 28, 2002

Dance performer and instructor, Ramón Ramos Alayo was born in Cuba and graduated from La Escuela Nacional de Arte in La Habana with an MFA in dance and education. He is ranked as one of the top modern dancers in Habana and has been a featured soloist with Compania de Danza del Caribe and Narcisso Medina Contemporary Dance Company. Ramón now resides in Oakland where he continues to perform with numerous premier dance companies and is one of the Bay area's most sought after instructors.

This is the fifth workshop hosted by Mr. Ramos Alayo, combining a renowned dance program with immersion into traditional Cuban culture and splendid sightseeing both in and outside of Habana.

The 2-week program features daily workshops in popular and folkloric Cuban dance styles. The Havana Dance Workshop includes:

  Round trip airfare from San Francisco
  Legal travel documents
  Daily dance instruction
  Local transportation + apartments accomodations located in Habana
  Family style breakfast and dinner which are served in a central dining room



The program is available to both dance participants and non-dancers.


Classes are taught by choreographers and principal dancers of the acclaimed Ban Rarra Dance Company. Ban Rarra is an internationally acclaimed company with extensive experience in instruction to foreign students of all levels. 


Participants will learn contemporary  styles including Salsa, Rueda de Casino, Chachacha, Son, and Mambó.  Folkloric styles include Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Changui and Yoruba Bantú.

Dance classes are scheduled Weekdays from 10 am to 3 pm in Habana Vieja.


Travel to Cuba offers an array of diverse sightseeing adventures including architecture that rivals the capitol cities of Western Europe.

 Habana alone offers nearly 500 years of cultural traditions from colonial landmarks, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco and contemporary styles.

This program offers three optional weekend excursions:

  Playas del Este:  a beautiful palm tree lined beach near Habana

Pinar del Rio: a  spectacular mountainous landscape sprinkled with tobacco plantations


  Trinidad: a quaint colonial gem on Cuba's southern coast overlooking the Caribbean.


Advance registration is required and enrollment is limited to 12 persons. This program meets the standards and guidelines for legal entry and return from Cuba. Registration closes March 10, 2002. A non-refundable deposit of $700 is required to register.


Dancer tuition $2,350.

Please call or email  for further details.  If you miss this trip, the continuing program is offered twice a year.

Contact Ramón Ramos Alayo:


510-393-2736 or 510-531-3274

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