CURUYE CULTURAL EDUCATION PROJECT is thrilled to invite you to a  very special DAY of CUBAN POPULAR DANCE WORKSHOPS with Cuban dancers YASELIS SÁNCHEZ and JUSTO CERUTO, from Cuba’s esteemed music and dance company, BAN RRA RRA. They are passing through L.A. before returning to La Habana, fresh from the BAN RRA RRA’s performance and teaching tour in Miami, and in San Francisco! 

The workshops today are designed for dancers with experience in RUEDA de CASINO (Intermediate workshop), and for the ADVANCED RUEDA de CASINO workshop participants will need to be able to dance ‘a contratiempo’ as CUBAN SON is danced.


1:30-2:50 PM: CUBAN SON contratiempo (dancing ‘on 2’ Cuban style)

3:00-4:20 PM ADVANCED RUEDA de CASINO - 'a Contratiempo'
This class will be given ‘a contratiempo’ ‘dancing on 2’ Cuban style. Participants in this class should dance 
Cuban Son.




$15 per class

$25 for 2 classes

$35 for 3 classes


(DAY OF EVENT: Cash at door ...)

$20 per class

$35 for 2 classes

$50 all 3 classes)


Street parking is available. Also, 4 blocks north of the studio,  JOE’s GARAGE, 746 So Hope Street, L.A. 90015, $5/day parking with a shuttle to the dance studio by calling (213) 896-9260. You might find other reasonable lots closer to the studio. 

The BLUE LINE’s PICO STATION is the closest stop to Downtown Dance & Movement Studio, leaving you just a little over a block to walk.
BIOS: YASELIS SÁNCHEZ CORREA, is the principal dancer, corps professor, and a graduate in dance from Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Arte, and El Instituto Superior de las Artes. JUSTO CERUTO is a principal dancer of BAN RRA RRA, as well as one of the company’s instructors. He has been invited to perform and teach with BAN RRA RRA in Russia, Montenegro,  Justo also dances with the renown rumba group OSAÍN de MONTE. He is currently getting his masters in dance at the Instituto Superior de las Artes. Both are regular teachers/performers at Havana’s annual BAILE EN CUBA festival, teach/perform at PLAZA CUBA’s international dance workshops, as well as with the HAVANA DANCE ACADEMY.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 11 AM-2 PM: YASELIS & JUSTO will be guest teaching 2 AFRO CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOPS with KATI HERNÁNDEZ of CUBA's HAITIAN TRADITIONS from EASTERN CUBA. For pre-registration discounts for these AFRO CUBAN classes: CLICK HERE.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 5-7 PM: CURUYE's PRE VAN VAN CONCERT PARTY with BAN RRA RRA DANCERS YASELIS SÁNCHEZ, & JUSTO CERUTO, along with KATI HERNÁNDEZ and DEEJAY WARAPO to rev us up on the dance floor and give LOS VAN VAN a BIG L.A. WELCOME! $25 for pre-party, and THEN STAY FOR THE CONCERT! Contact Curuye or Warapo for pre-party tix! 

For the complete schedule of YASELIS & JUSTO's L.A. classes/activities this week, go to CURUYE.COM 

NEW! Monday Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Beg. Level 1 Starts Monday Jan. 9th

Greetings Casineros & Amigos!
Yes, it's true! I have a new beginners rueda de casino class starting up in Vista.  My class is integrated with the Soy Bella Fitness Program. We are starting another set of Level One Beginners Track Starting January 9th, 2017. If this was on your new years resolution, don't  procrastinate as you will end up waiting until Summer/Fall 2017 when Level 1 is offered again.  To learn more about Maritza's class curriculum, click this link.

WHAT IS RUEDA DE CASINO?  This is Cuban-style salsa in a circle switching partners. If you have never seen this dance before, click this video link to see a random, not choreographed,  rueda de casino circle lead by Maritza Baida when she was in Seattle. This dance will give you a workout, and actually prevents Alzhiemer's. The dance does improve memory retention, and you will learn some Cuban Spanish along the way. Biggest reason people love it is because you meet people from all walks of life, people you would have never imagined The diversity awareness factor is huge in this dance. WATCH, you will be addicted!!

WHEN: Monday 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, and 12/5 7:30pm-9pm
To register, please arrive at 7pm to complete the membership form and pay. Class starts promptly at 7:30pm
with your membership it includes the following classes:
        - Zumba Saturdays 6:30pm at the Main Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts Studio
        - Toning & Strength Saturday's 9:30am

2017 Spring Semester Rueda Class Series Dates:
Beginners Level One class series: January 9th, (Jan 16th - no class MLK B-Day), 23rd, 30th,  & Feb 2nd.
Beginners Level Two class series: Feb 13th, (Feb 20th - no class Presidents Day), 27th, Mar 6th & 13th
Beginners Level Three class series: Mar 20th, 27th, Apr 3rd, & 10th
Intermediate Level One series: Apr. 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th
Rueda Performance Training for Ticitozaa Recital at Center for the Arts: May 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Jun 5th (More dates and times during each week in this series will be posted for rehearsals)
Ticitozaa Recital at Center for the Arts Escondido: June 11, 2016

WHERE: Vista Community Center - 642 Vista Village Drive, Vista, CA 92084

COST: for Nov 14th-Dec 5th series: $40.00 for the 4 weeks class series. This fee will pay your 4 week rueda class & membership to the Soy Bella Fitness program for the year. It's a 2-in-1 deal. Then in the next series per month, it is $25 a calendar month This is ONLY if you pay for this particular series(ex. $25 for January, $25 for February, etc. for one year). The $25 a month may not match up to the rueda class series. No DROP IN.

Brand NEW dancers starting in January 2017 will need to pay $40 membership (required), PLUS $25 for the Rueda class - TOTAL $65, then each following calendar month is $25 a month. Membership will be good for one calendar year. 

SOY BELLA Fitness Program is a collaboration between Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts in partnership with Vista Community Clinic. Soy Bella Fitness Program Mission: cultural and health awareness
Soy Bella membership benefits are:
  • tracking (weight and measurements)
  • nutrition workshops 
  • pedometers and more resources vista community clinic will donate. 
  • free soy Bella shirt 
  • and much more!

Maritza's Beg. Level 3 Rueda de Casino Series Registration Now Open - Tues. Jan. 10th

Greetings Everyone!
We are about to finish up the day class this Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Maritza will be traveling to Cuba for the rest of the year. So wheile she is gone, be ready to amp it up as Maritza will be sharing some of the new moves she learned in Cuba with the beginner Level 3 class.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Maritza's One-Month Long Beginners Level 3 Rueda de Casino Class Series
WHEN: Starts Tuesday, January 10th from 6pm-8pm (Series goes every Tuesday through Feb 3rd)
WHERE: Doug's Studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
COST:  $40 per person (this includes the additional practices on Fridays and random practices to be announced). Please click this link to the registration form and complete the form.

Maritza and Dania's Bon Voyage to Cuba Mega Rueda Potluck Night - Tues. Dec 6th

Greetings Everyone!
It's down to the last week before Maritza and Dania take off to Cuba for the rest of the year (3 weeks with Rueda con Ritmo Dance Company from the Bay Area). We want to celebrate the holidays and dance rueda de casino and one-on-one casino with each other. Let's get together after Maritza's last rueda class before she and Dania take off to Cuba the next day!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Holiday Potluck Dance Celebration for the Year's End & Maritza & Dania's Send Off to Cuba - Dance Party
WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 8:30pm to 11pm
WHERE: Doug's Studio in Escondido - 1717 S. Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
HOW TO PREPARE: Bring a dish/drinks/snacks.

Friday Rueda Practice at Grape Day Park and TJ Tacos - Fri Dec 2nd

Can you believe it's already December!?? Come dance and practice your rueda moves this Friday at Grape Day Park. This will be the LAST RUEDA PRACTICE of the year. Don't miss out on our chance to get together to dance and do a taco run. Right after the rueda practice, we are heading to TJ Tacos in Escondido to eat up all the calories we just burned.
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Friday Rueda Practice for all of Maritza's student and seasoned casineros
WHERE:  Grape Day Park - 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
at the Train Depot Platform
WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6-8:30pm
HOW TO PREPARE:  Layer up your clothing and bring water for yourself. After rueda practice we will be going to TJ Tacos - 802 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025 so bring some money with you for the tacos. :)

Rueda in the Park in Orange County - Sat. Dec 3rd

¡AGUAAA!!!! We are back from our short recess and our trip to Cuba!! Our next class will be this Saturday, December 1st. Beginner level starts at 11:30am and Intermediate level starts at 12:30pm. Come join us in TeWinkle Park for Rueda de Casino! (Salsa Cubana) Enjoy the scenery, the music and the fun as you learn this Cuban social dance. Rueda de Casino is a super-fun upbeat and high energy group Cuban salsa dance. Come learn the fundamental basic elements, lots of variations and the combinations that make up “Rueda de Casino".  Check out our Thursday classes too at QD Dance Hall!!   Spread the word, be sure to tell a friend or two and invite them to join the fun. We will see you there. Una Bulla!!!

Here are the details:
WHAT: Rueda Lesson Opportunity outside with Casineros from Orange County
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 3, 2016  11:30am-2:30pm
COST: $5 donation

San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival - Feb 16-19

Greetings Everyone, You still have time to get your pass to the biggest rueda festival around. A group of us are going to be there from San Diego so please consider going. If its your first time, I will be hosting 2 orientations for new folks who have never been to this festival. Let's make this a huge San Diego casinero meet up and take workshops together, eat together, dance together, party together!
DEADLINE before the price goes up is tonight!
Here are the details:
WHAT: San Diego Casineros Meet Up at the largest Rueda Festival in the US in San Francisco
WHEN:  February 16th-19th, 2017 Thursday thru Sunday
WHERE:  Hotel Whitcomb - 1231 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103
COST: Click this link to see and purchase your tickets