Dance unrestrained, confident, empowered. Dance as you are.

WHAT: Ongoing Cuban dance classes organized as seasonal series. Drop-ins welcome.


MONDAYS JULY 3 – AUGUST 28 (9 weeks)

TIMES: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: University Heights Center, ROOM 108 (5031 University Way NE)


To register for classes via Facebook please click GOING on the event page, and a private message will follow.


Cuban Styling for Women
Begins JULY 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Open to all levels. Explore the beauty of the feminine expression as understood by Cuban women.

Rumba and Afro-Cuban infused Styling (Men and Women)
Begins JULY 3, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Open to all levels. Learn and practice foundational technique to carry you through everything Cuban.


Body Conditioning for Dancers (BCD) and Cuban Line Dancing (CLD)
Begins JUNE 29, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Open to all levels. BCD: Warm up routine to develop strength, flexibility, and balance. CLD: Foot work and patters for the dance floor styled a lo cubano.

Casino partner dancing and Rueda de Casino
Begins JUNE 29, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. No partner required. Pre-requisite: a one-year minimum experience with some form of Cuban dance. Seasoned dancers with no Cuban experience may join after two private lessons (contact Maiensy for discount rates).

Maiensy’s training is an invitation to develop a sound foundation to carry you through your journey as a dancer. Polish your technique. Enrich your vocabulary. Build a personal body isolation routine, and learn how to apply it to the beauty of everything Cuban. Strengthen your relationship to the clave beat, the heart of Cuban music.

Cost of 9 Weeks Advance Payment (full Summer series)
1 class/week $180 or two $100 payments, at the start of the series and in early August
2 classes/week $310 or two payments of $160, at the start of the series and in early August
3 classes/week $320 or two payments of $180, at the start of the series and in early August
4 classes/week $330 or two payments of $200, at the start of the series and in early August

Cost of Drop-in: $25 one class, $30 two classes

Students Drop-in: $8 one class, $10 two classes / $60 one class full series advance payment, $70 two classes full series advance payment (9 weeks)

For more information about these and other upcoming classes and workshops please contact Maiensy at or visit the Facebook event page

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our name, beyond islands and continents, beyond politics, beyond the most provocative of words. Dance challenges our elemental understandings and invites us to enter ungraspable realities. Dance is as nurturing as it is daring: a reminder of the endless possibilities inherent to our greater sense of belonging.” — Maiensy Sanchez


With more than 20 years of experience, Maiensy learned the art of teaching from her third dad, Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet, and the creator of the internationally celebrated method known as the Cuban School of ballet. She began her teaching career at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores (TEC) de Monterrey, Mexico. She created and taught a Latin American music and dance curriculum for the International Programs department. In 1999, she moved to Seattle, eventually graduating magna cum laude with honors in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her work as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer contributed to the development of the first Seattle community with a genuine interest in two of the most significant sources of Cuban cultural expression: its music and its dance.

Born and raised in Cuba, Maiensy has always danced as one of her ways to experience and express the beauty, vastness, and magnetic power of her cultural origins. She has received training in flamenco, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance, and West African dance. Growing up in a family of artists, her artistic background is fueled with thirteen years of professional music training: twelve years of classical piano in Camaguey, and two years of musical composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.

Maiensy acknowledges her ancestral legacies, grateful to the elders and teachers whose wisdom, timely insights, loving support and trust contributed to her preparation and growth. She is grateful to one of her dear mentors and personal friend, master Roberto Borrell, for her participation at the New Orleans International Ballet Conference as Borrell’s assistant, and to local Seattle venues and events which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a teacher, performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle Children’s Festival, Folklife, and World Rhythm Festival. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities, institutions and people around the world who have opened and continue to open their doors to her work, which deepest motivation is her calling to service.

She enjoys her life as a teacher, dancer, musician, writer, yogini (200-hours YTT from Mount Madonna Center, California) and shamanic practitioner.