From traditional Cuban dance to modern and technical ballet, it’s no secret that Cuban’s love to dance.
While in Havana we attended a modern dance festival with performances by students from all around Cuba. The dances were filled with passion and drama, and all aimed to tell a story through multiple bodies in motion.
Outside a mob had gathered to witness a human pileup against a wall on a city street. This work of art that was fluid and sensual as bodies intertwined. The Art of Dance was everywhere in the city of Havana that night!
In Santiago we experienced a different type of dance, a more structured approach to the art – BALLET. Visiting an arts school, we observed a ballet class for teenage girls and boys of about age 14. We learned that kids are assigned to a vocation in the arts or sciences at a very early age – music, dance & art or math & science. The school they attend, and the subjects they study, are based on the vocation they have chosen. This ballet class was one of the highlights of my trip. The refined technique of the dancer’s combined with the antique studio walls made for a picture perfect setting and a lesson in self control.
And finally, the salsa Cuba’s known for. Great music, great people and everywhere… the art of dance.