Cubanía

“Cubanía: A Celebration of Cuban Dance Heritage”

Each year since 2018, our annual signature event incorporates dance, visual arts, music, and community with an educational orientation centered on Cuban dance heritage.

We had a blast hosting our 3rd annual “Cubanía: A Celebration of Cuban Dance Heritage” in 2020! Thanks to all our 2020 participants!

Check back soon for information on our 2021 edition!


Past “Cubanía” events:
(You can read more about our headliner special guests on our “events” page)

This event, held annually in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15 annually), incorporates dance, visual arts, music, and community with an educational orientation centered on Cuban dance heritage.

3rd Annual – October 10 & 11, 2020
Held at Anaya Latin Dance, Underground Dance Company, and virtually
Special guest: Dance instructor, Felix Bambury Webbe (Cuba/Alaska)
Guest visual artist: Misael Cáceres Ortega (Cuba/Alaska): Painting
Local business sponsor: Just Botanicals
Local guest performers: Sankofa Dance Theater
Activities: Zoom conferences about inclusion in dance and about salsa’s Afro-Cuban roots, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian dance workshops, and virtual art opening, salsa workshop, dance performances, and animations

2nd Annual – September 27 & 28, 2019
Held at Underground Dance Company and the 49th State Brewing Company
Special guests: Dance instructors and performers, Jorge Luis & Indira (Cuba/Nevada)
Guest visual artist: Makala Cruz/Baila Conmigo TV (Alaska): Mini-documentary: “Talking Salsa”
Local guest performers: Arctic Académie de Danse, DJ Vorteks, MC Don Megga
Local business sponsor: LED Ultra Lounge & Grill
Activities: Mini-documentary screening, social dance with animations and performances, and dance workshops (casino/salsa, afro, reggaeton, rumba, son)
See video below!

1st Annual – September 22 & 29, 2018
Held at the Writer’s Block Cafe and the 49th State Brewing Company
Special guest: Dance instructor, visual artist, and literary artist, Esteban Isnardi (Uruguay/Switzerland). Presenting a danced poetry reading and a collection of caricatures of Cuban musicians and dancers.
Local guest performers: Luis Perez (congas) and Willie Baez (trumpet)
Local business sponsors: XQ Dance Heels, Damn Skippy Wear
Activities: Conference about music and dance, art opening, live music and poetry performance, Cuban food, social dance with dance performances, and dance workshops (mambo, timba, casino, rueda de casino, son)

Check out this great video summary from our 2019 event, made by Baila Conmigo TV:

Summary video of the 2019 “Cubanía: A Celebration of Cuban Dance Heritage” event