Cuban music is renowned the world over for its intoxicating rhythms, frantic dancing and infectious beats. Which is why now it’s a great time to book a Cuba holiday (even better if it’s staying in a casa particular in Havana) to immerse in a week-long dance extravaganza as part of “Ritmo Cubano”, the International Cuban Dance Festival in Havana that gathers dancers of all levels, dance teachers and musicians for seven days of non-stop dancing and musical merriment.

While a large part of the world celebrates Easter Monday on 22nd April, Cuba will be kicking off an international dance festival instead. There’s no Easter break for “habaneros” next Monday (Easter isn’t officially celebrated in Cuba anyway and it’s not a national holiday either) who will be getting down to the sounds of salsa, rumba and conga.

Ritmo Cuba International Cuba Dance Festival 2019
Dance teachers and students get down to the sounds of salsa in Ritmo Cubano 2018

If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying a Cuba holiday next week, whether you stay in a casa particular in Havana or opt for traditional hotel accommodation, seven days of non-stop salsa with Ritmo Cuba, the International Cuba Dance Festival that gathers dancers, students, and teachers from all corners of Cuba for an immersive dancing experience that no one forgets.

For seven days, Havana will be a beacon of Latin movement with different music and dance styles including Cuban salsa, rueda de casino, rumba, folklórico, cha cha cha, bachata, kizomba, reggaeton and hip hop. Cuban salsa will be the star of the show but those wanting to be part of the dancing action can choose from the above-mentioned dance styles and select their preferred level with over 100 hours of classes. There will be three separate ball rooms operating at any given time so that those travelling to Cuba for the ocasión can cram as much dancing as they can into their Cuba holiday. 

Balcony view from Casa Sarahi in Old Havana
The view from Casa Sarahi, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Old Havana

Ritmo Cubano’s headquarters this year will be the Melisa Cohiba hotel, with an ideal location next to the scenic Malecón seawall in the heart of Vedado, Cuba’s hippest, trendiest neighbourhood. And if you’re wondering where to stay close to the dancing action, we’ve got quite the selection of casas particulares in Havana’s downtown area, including Vedado, but also closer to the historic centre with an ample and varied collection of bed and breakfast accommodation in Old Havana and Centro Habana.

Havana’s International Cuba Dance Festival this year runs from 22nd to 28th April and those lucky enough to be enjoying Cuba holidays during this time (whether intentionally or incidentally) can look forward to seven days of non-stop salsa dancing, awesome nightly parties and exciting adventures. Discovering Cuba through its music and breathing its culture through its dancing is no doubt one of the best ways to experience the island.  Come for the music and stay for the dancing and the culture! Travel to Cuba over this weekend and next week and stay at one of our casas particulares in Havana. You’ll have a blast!