Masterclasses in Havana:
Cabaret Tropicana, Rumba Guaguancó, Rumba Flamenca
One of the best experiences and cultural activities in Cuba during our last trip were the masterclasses with some of the best and most famous Cuban choreographers and dance teachers, all of whom come from Cuba's most prestigious dance schools.
Salsa & Flamenco Dansakademi lead dancer and choreographer Milla Serrano Rubio had the huge honour to work together with former dancers and choreographers from Cabaret Tropicana - Maglen and Nancy Martinez. After a previous collaboration in Teatro América where the three made a choreography for 20 young dancers from Cuba and Sweden together, Maglen and Nancy taught Milla everything about the Cabaret Tropicana style - with basic and advanced steps, typical poses and moves as well as a complete choreography.
Alongside "Las Jimaguas" and Dani from the Afrocuban folklore company Raíces Profundas, we furthermore received a masterclass in Rumba Guaguancó, with the use of dance accessories such as shawl and Spanish fan. The masterclass focused on advanced steps and moves, musicality and body movement.
We also had the honour to work together with one of Cuba's youngest flamenco talents Erika Bartelemí Espinosa. Erika is the number one lead performer of the flamenco school Eduardo Veitía, founded by the former director of the National Ballet of Cuba. Erika is also a dancer in one of the world's largest flamenco academies Lizt Alfonso, that travel and perform around the world, and make dance videos for Enrique Iglesias. We learned everything about the Cuban Flamenco Rumba style and its fusion with the Cuban traditional and folkloric dance styles, bringing back home Erika's brand new choreography. Erika participated in all of our promotional videos in Old Havana and granted us an exclusive and very detalied interview.