Dance Retreats in Habana, Cuba

with Salsa Secrets

February 27 to March 5, 2019

SOLD OUT!!

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How would you like to dance to your heart’s content Cuban style? Dance is one of the most mindful art forms out there! And there, in the heart of Havana, we felt those salsa vibes! Taking lessons by day from fabulous young dancers and then dancing in cafes and the streets by night was exhilarating! We immersed ourselves in their culture by staying in a locally owned small hotel, buying local and supporting the dance studio’s children’s program! It was truly a mindful and exciting trip! Beyond the warm people it was fascinating to see the culture of the past! Almost as though time had stood still all these years! Our arrangements were well thought out and our adventure complete!
— Stacey Camire

We invite you to have a look at our prior dance retreats in Habana, Cuba!

In December of 2016, we took a trip that we always dreamed of, to Habana, Cuba. We longed to be immersed in a culture rich in music, dance and passion. The trip exceeded our expectations and we experienced abundant Habana cornucopia of natural beauty, architecture, and culture permeated by their unique music and dance traditions. We fell in love with learning and dancing Son, bringing a new depth to our understanding of modern Salsa music and dance.

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We experienced our hearts opening to the movements in a new way - our physicality, emotionality, intellect and spirituality were all stimulated in a fascinating way. Submerging ourselves so deeply in Son and Cuban culture was an experience that broadened our perspective of dance and emphasized the true healing power of dance. We became fascinated with the idea of sharing dance retreats in Habana, Cuba with our dance community here in Portsmouth, Newburyport and New England. 

In 2017/2018, the dream came true as we journeyed with our very first group of students to Habana, Cuba to celebrate our love of dance together. Our student Dance Retreat was a huge success! We trained in Son, Cuban Salsa and Rueda every day, we explored the special culture that is unique to Habana and we expanded our relationships with ourselves, others, the dance and music in a tremendous way.

We danced in the studio, on the rooftop of our casa, in clubs and restaurants, in the streets, at the famous hotels, on the beach and even in the airport! We had a delightful time being together in the experience of dance and life! 

We simply had to say YES to offering this amazing dance retreat over the New Year again!  

The dance retreat to Cuba was an amazing experience. Krystal and Piotrek worked hard both ahead of time and during the trip to make sure that everyone had the information they needed to be relaxed and have a great time. We woke up every morning to warm weather, a homemade breakfast prepared by the friendly staff of our casa, and several hours of dance practice in the open air at the dance studio. The dance instructors - China, Daymara, Jeckson, and others - were really incredible. They made the classes fun and energetic while explaining things well and leading us through a lot of repetition so that we would really retain the steps. It was also so much fun to watch them dance - they are really talented. During the rest of the day, we explored the city of Havana, mostly on foot. It was really interesting wandering around and getting a feel for the city and the people there. Dancing on the rooftop of our casa to a live salsa band and the New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing were nights that I’ll definitely remember. When I came home from the trip, I came back with a new passion for Son, some new music to listen to, and memories to remind me that what makes me happy is including dancing, music and a sense of adventure in every day. A huge thank you goes to Piotrek and Krystal for this rare opportunity!
— Leigh Blood

It is with great pleasure that we announce our second Dance Retreat in Habana, Cuba!

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February 27, 2018 to March 5, 2019

Your trip includes:
Flights from Boston to Havana
Transit to/from Airport and Habana Vieja
Beautiful traditional double room housing
Daily Breakfast
Dance Group Training including: Son, Rueda de Casino, Cuban Salsa (3 hours per day)
Social Dancing with a Live Band
Explore and Immerse within the culture of Habana Centro and Habana Vieja
Beach Dance Party
DVD of our Dance Retreat Memories
And Much Much More!

Extra Costs: Meals, Private Dance Lessons ($60 each), Spanish Lessons, wifi cards ($6/hour), Cuban Art, gifts, etc.

The Healing Power of Dance

As always, we will express and expand upon the mission of Salsa Secrets, which means in addition to this trip being an amazing holiday, this is a personal retreat offering:

Presence
Dance Technique Evolution
Complete Immersion in Cuban Culture
Personal Growth & Development
Self Expression
Openness of Your Heart
Depth of Connection
Heartfelt Relationships
Lasting Friendships
Community
High Vibrational Energy
Collective Consciousness

It is our promise to you to provide the highest quality authentic experience. And it is our intention to always create a dance retreat that serves the highest and best. We are passionate about sharing the transformative experiences we've felt and witnessed our students experience.

The 27th of February and the 5th of March are reserved for travel. The days in Habana will include dance group training sessions in your desired genre and at your appropriate level. You will have breakfast at the hotel before walking to class. You will have one hour to take lunch on your own between classes. The afternoon and evening time is yours to explore freely as you wish. We are happy to provide maps of Habana Vieja, Habana Centro and the Vedado which include points of interest and places to eat, listen to live music and dance. We will have an extremely special night with a latin party and live music on our rooftop with dancing and a celebration!

Each day will be a new, wonderful experience, building upon the previous. Immersion in dance, music, and culture in such a way fully aligns with our purpose of supporting the Cuban people and enriching our own life experience. 

Cost: $2700/per person

There are 20 spots available.

A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your place on the trip.

We had a wonderful time on the dance retreat to Cuba. Being able to stay in a local casa particular and taking classes at a local dance studio gave us a lens with an authentic cultural view that we enjoyed and appreciated. Each day was filled with dance and celebration. It was especially nice to get to know our fellow dancers that traveled with us on a more personal level. Piotrek and Krystal created a unique experience that was thoughtful and well organized. We look forward to participating in another trip!
— Phyllis and Dennis Toomey

Here's your open invitation to journey with us to Habana, Cuba!

We hope you'll join us!

xo Piotrek & Krystal

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The Salsa Secrets trip to Cuba was our first experience traveling with a large group so Joe and I didn’t really know what to expect. We did know and trust that Piotrek and Krystal had devoted an enormous amount of time, energy and thought planning an amazing and unique experience for all. They did not disappoint!

The travel from Boston to Havana was seamless and our Casa Particulare in Old Havana was impressive in both quality and location. We were within easy walking distance of restaurants, museums, historic buildings, shops, live music (all the time and everywhere), and most importantly, our new dance studio. The group classes and private instruction were exceptional, challenging and fun and the planned “extras”, including a welcome party (complete with live band on the rooftop on our casa), optional group excursions to the beach and Arts and Craft Market, and a hilarious vintage car tour, ending at the majestic Hotel Nationale (where we enjoyed cigars, drinks and sunset over the water) were all beyond expectations.

Piotrek and Krystal were excited to share their love of Cuba and their new Cuban friends and dance family with all of us. As it turned out, their love and affection were clearly reciprocated and we were all the beneficiaries of these impressive relationships.
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We were warmly welcomed by the owner of a nearby cafe, the band members and their family who traveled two hours to play for us, the women who hand-rolled the cigars at the Hotel Nationale, (and danced salsa in the lobby with Piotrek and John), and all of the instructors at Salsabor, who not only welcomed us as students of dance but also embraced us as special friends of family. We laughed, teased, sweated, commiserate, practiced, practiced, practiced, and in the end had fun together learning cuban son, salsa and casino rueda.

Following our last class, the studio hosted a magical New Year’s Eve Party on the studio rooftop. The instructors, together with friends, family and (another) live band, generously shared their time to help us celebrate our accomplishments and time together.

All of these experiences and connections of the heart made this trip truly unique and special for us.
— Kathy & Joe Fisher

Cancellation Policy:

Our goal is for you to experience an amazing dance retreat experience with us. Due to the nature of our retreats, bookings by Salsa Secrets for airfare, housing, dance lessons, social events, and more are required in great advance of your experience. Therefore, we must implement a strict cancellation policy. If you cancel your trip, Salsa Secrets does not offer refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as credit toward another retreat to be taken within three years of your original retreat date. We will gladly transfer your credit to another client if airfare, licenses, visas etc. allow.

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation penalties may apply.

Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  • If you cancel more than 6 months before your retreat start date, 75% of your full payment may be applied to another retreat.
  • If you cancel 4-6 months before your retreat start date, 50% of your full payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 50% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel less than 4 months before your retreat start date, 0% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit the entire price of your retreat.

Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason. We do not offer credit for a guest arriving late or leaving early. You must submit your signed Participant Agreement 90 days prior to retreat start date. Clients who fail to do so may be subject to an automatic cancellation and the above policy will apply.

While we have never cancelled a retreat to date, if Salsa Secrets must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payment to us, constituting a full settlement.

Salsa Secrets is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.