“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. Check out our 2021 edition below, happening October 8-10:

Anaya Latin Dance presents our 4th annual Hispanic Heritage Month event…

“Cubania: A Celebration of Cuban Dance Heritage”

This annual event, held since 2018, blends local businesses and organizations, local artists of various mediums, and invited guests, with a focus on culture, food, education, and exchange, celebrating Hispanic culture during this special month and broadly sharing what we do, Cuban dance, with our local community. This year’s event will be held at Lil Babes Cocktail Lounge, Main Event Grill, and the Castle on O’Malley.

This year’s theme, “Immigrants Make Alaska Great”, is inspired by the art currently on display at our dance studio created by local visual artist Lina Villar. Many of the artists and businesses involved in this weekend of activities are the work of immigrants, including Anaya Latin Dance. We believe that immigrants enhance our community, bringing new life and fresh creativity to our great state.

As part of the theme, we will be collecting much-needed donations for our local Refugee Assistance and Immigrant Services (RAIS), who are helping to resettle Afghan refugees arriving mid-October in Anchorage. You can view the wish list online and either purchase online or bring them to any day of the event. Some current high priority items include new queen and twin size sheets, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and new pillows. Find the rest of the wish list at this link.

Our special invited guests this year are Reinier and Daniela from La Clave Cubana dance company in Seattle. Reinier is from Cuba and has worked as a professional dancer in both Cuba and Brazil before immigrating to the USA. Daniela is originally from Mexico and has worked both in Mexico and Canada before joining Reinier in Seattle to co-direct La Clave Cubana. Together, they teach and perform Cuban dances, organize and host the annual Seattle Cuban Dance Fest, and run touristic dance courses in Cuba.
In addition to our out-of-state guests, we also enjoy the works of local singer-songwriter Mike Nicassi and visual artist Carlos Pereira. DJ Big C of 49 North Entertainment will also participate keeping our Saturday party rocking!

Take a look at the schedule below to find out more about this special weekend! Ticket options start at just $10 and events can be mixed and matched to suit your preferences. Discounts for military, ASD/UAA students, and healthcare!

Friday, October 8th, at Lil Babes Cocktail Lounge in Mountain View
Address: 3515 Mt. View Drive, Anchorage
7 pm: Doors open & art reception with the work of local visual artist Carlos Pereira
7:30 pm: Musicality class with Reinier and Daniela: “Son Clave, Rumba Clave”
8:00 pm: Three course Caribbean dinner from Lil Babes’ kitchen is served
9:00 pm: Artist presentation, door prizes, some words from RAIS, and performance debut of a new original song by local singer-songwriter Mike Nicassi, “Alaska ¿como va?”
Tickets: $35 per person, or purchase a full weekender pass ($130). Click here for tickets for this night only, and click here for the weekender pass.
Note: This event lasts until 9:30 pm and is open to participants 21+ and it is kindly requested that participants for our “Cubania” event this evening come fully vaccinated. As dinner will be seated, space is limited! After 9:30 pm, Lil Babes is open to the general public.
When purchasing tickets through for the Friday night, please choose a table (names correspond to Caribbean sea nations) which will help you communicate with your friends about seating. When purchasing a full weekend pass, look out for an email from us to help you organize your table reservation!

Saturday, October 9th, at Main Event Grill in South Anchorage
Address: 1041 E 76th Ave, Anchorage
5:30 pm: Doors for salsa class attendees, bar and grill is open so grab a bite now or after the class!
6-7:30 pm: Beginner salsa class with Anaya Latin Dance. We will cover Cuban salsa basic steps in partners, with partner rotating optional!
7:00 pm: Doors for social dance attendees, grab a bite to each and watch the end of the class!
7:30 pm: Social dancing begins with DJ and host Big C, lasting until 10 pm, with plenty of ruedas de casino and animations from Anaya Latin Dance and our guests
8:30 pm: Special timba dance performances from Anaya Latin Dance and La Clave Cubana, and a special original “salsa trap” live song debut from Mike Nicassi
In honor of our weekender event, Main Event Grill is offering a special meal deal featuring their “Cubano griller” with roasted pork, ham, swiss, provolone, pickles, and mustard as well as a Mojito Wine Spritzer!
Tickets: $10 (social dance only), $20 (class and social dance), $25 (social dance + dinner/drink), $35 (class, social dance, dinner/drink), or purchase a full weekender pass ($130).
Click here for ticket options for this night only, and click here for the weekender pass.
Note: This event is open to the general public, 21+.

On Sunday, October 10th, join us at the Castle on O’Malley in South Anchorage
Address: 1520 O’Malley Rd, Anchorage
2 pm: Doors open
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Salsa Fusion workshop with La Clave Cubana (no partnering). Dancing solo salsa with a fusion of other Cuban popular dances, similar to Anaya’s “Salsa Suelta” classes. This workshop only – $20.
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Rumba Guaguanco workshop with La Clave Cubana (no partnering connection). Part of the intangible cultural heritage of Cuba, Rumba guaguanco is an exciting Afro-Cuban dance representing a game between genders. This workshop only – $20.
5 – 6 pm: Rueda de Casino with Anaya Latin Dance (dancing as a group of changing partners). We will focus on fun moves for the entire group, which we can practice during the social dance. Cuban salsa experience is recommended! This workshop only – $20.
6:15 – 7:15 pm: Dominican Bachata workshop with La Clave Cubana (with partners). Bachata is part of the intangible cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic, inspired in part by bolero and son from Cuba. This popular style, notably different from the “sensual” style of dance developed in the 2000s in Europe, features percussive footwork and plenty of fun body movement. This workshop only – $20.
7:15 pm:  Pizza party dinner with refreshments for full pass/full day participants. A bathroom is available for those that would like to freshen up, but please don’t worry about the dress code for the social dance, as it will be very casual!
7:30 – 10 pm: Social dance with Anaya Latin Dance featuring DJ Reinier (La Clave Cubana) and plenty of ruedas de casino and animations. Social dance only – $10 (does not include dinner).
$75 for the full day
$130 pass for the full weekend – BEST DEAL! Save $15 and NO TICKET PROCESSING FEES!
Or see the individual workshops/events for single-workshop/event tickets. You can also sign up for 1, 2, or 3 workshops on our website and then choose the day of which class you will attend.
Cash is accepted in exact change only – but advance registration is strongly encouraged!
Note: This event is for fully vaccinated participants 12+ only and masks are required. A very small number of dancers under 12 (Anaya Latin Dance students) may be in attendance with masks and appropriate social distancing.

Includes all events of the weekend AND all meals – save $15 and NO processing fees!
Get dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and all the dance classes/workshops!
Contact us with any dietary issues.

10% discount available on our full pass or Sunday pass for ASD Secondary Students, UAA Students, Healthcare workers, and Military! Please call us at 907-982-0584 or email us to apply your discount code.  

A big “thank you” to all of the local businesses and artists involved, as well as to our other sponsors – the Alaska Cigar Aficionados Club, and more TBA! Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring this event, which includes VIP seating at our Friday and Saturday night events!

We have done our best to ensure that portions of this event are accessible to everyone who would like to attend with varying pricing structures. To help ensure the comfort and safety of everyone involved, please see the notes for each event about participation restrictions related to Covid-19 vaccination – Friday and Sunday are for vaccinated participants only. Masks are optional but welcome on Friday and Saturday and are required on Sunday, and hand sanitizer is provided. As with any social event, please do not attend if you are sick, have a fever, show any symptoms of illness, have been exposed to Covid-19, have recently travelled, or are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test. 


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