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Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez, starts May 3

Posted by on 01 May 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

From Maiensy:

Hola, amigos en Seattle! Hello to my beautiful Seattle community! I just returned from a three-month-long trip to Cuba and family. I hope this message finds you all well, and may these words reach your loved ones and people around you as well! In regards to my new series, please note that FB does not allow me to announce an event for over two weeks. This series of classes runs eight weeks through June 26/27. Two of those classes begin this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. I have clarified the information (see below) but please let me know if you have any questions. You can choose how frequently you want to meet from an option of 1 to 4 days a week. We will go from 7:15pm to 8:30pm in a Queen Anne location. Once you click GOING on Facebook, I will personally contact you to go over details in a private message. Thank you all for your support and interest in Cuban culture.
Sending you love and looking forward to this! 

Spring Cuban Dance Series with Maiensy Sanchez:
A heart-opening invitation to go into a deeper state of listening.

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. Get acquainted with the stories behind key Cuban dance genres. Strengthen your relationship to the clave beat, the heart of Cuban music.

WHAT: Options of 3 classes or a combination
WHEN: 8 weeks, May through June 2017 (start dates below)
WHERE: A Queen Anne location. Address provided on registration.

Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 3.
Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 4.
Open to all levels. 

Mondays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 8.
Open to all levels.

Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Begins MAY 9.
Pre-requisite: One-year minimum experience with some form of Cuban dance.
The focus will be partner dancing with the option of Rueda, depending on the follow-lead ratio.


Option 1 : Two weekly lessons for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
(a) One advance payment of $300 for 16 sessions over 8 weeks (full series).
(b) Two advance payments of $160 (early May and June) to cover 8 sessions over 4 weeks.

Option 2 : One weekly lesson for 8 weeks, May 3/4 to June 26/27
One advance payment of $160 for 8 sessions/ 8 weeks (full series)

(Option of 3 and 4 sessions a week also available. Please contact Maiensy at for rates.)

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

Note: Space is limited. The maximum capacity per class is 10 to 12 students. This intimate environment offers plenty of opportunities to track your own progress as you receive personalized feedback from Maiensy.

“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

For more information about these and other upcoming classes and workshops please contact Maiensy at or find her on Facebook.

Beginner Rueda series starts 1/24!

Posted by on 23 Jan 2017 | Tagged as: Instruction

The next Beginner Series of Rueda de Casino classes with La Clave Cubana starts tomorrow! Raquel and I will be your new instructors.


La Clave Cubana performance 7-2-2015

– No partner needed
– Get the 4 Class Pass or Drop-in

Tuesdays starting January 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM
1225 S Weller St., Seattle, WA 98144

Door Code 986 – Suite 315

Contact info
Web: Details online

Saturday w/ Maiensy – CORRECTED INFO

Posted by on 05 Dec 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

I corrected a mistake in my summary of Maiensy’s workshops. The first workshop is for ALL LEVELS, not just experienced dancers. The second is for intermediate and experienced. See post below.

Dance Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez – December 10

Posted by on 30 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Saturday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main (blue building)
Rooms 1 & 2 (6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103-5257)

Welcoming & sign in: 11:30 (15 mins)
Body Conditioning for Dancers: 11:45am – 12:45pm (1 hour – ALL LEVELS)
Break (15 mins)
Cuban Dance Styling: 1:00 – 1:55pm (55 mins – intermediate and experienced dancers)

Body Conditioning for Dancers: This bodily training draws upon Maiensy’s experience as a dancer: her method. It is open to all levels; you can adjust the degree of challenge to your personal practice. Maiensy offers a well-crafted technique with which to approach anything Cuban, from the social to the sacred. For beginner dancers, this can mean to discover the full potential of your body in a new way, and to begin developing a sound Cuban vocabulary. For experienced dancers, this is a gate to a deeper conversation with yourself and your sense of physicality. You may wear slippers, socks, non-marking flexible shoes, or dance barefoot.

Cuban Dance Styling: Open to intermediate and experienced dancers. Borrowing from son, casino, timba, rumba and the African-Cuban sacred practices, it focuses on key body parts (namely shoulders, neck, arms, pelvis, hips, knees and feet). Low heels and heel-less, non-traction shoes are best.

One workshop: $20 pre-registered, $25 at door; Two Workshops: $30 pre-registered, $35 at door; Cash or check only, please. Pre registers via clicking Join on the FB invite:

What to bring: an open heart and comfortable clothing

“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our names, 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

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, she began studying piano at age 6 in her hometown, Camagüey. Her 13 years of professional music training includes two years of musical composition studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.
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 in Mexico, where 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.
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 which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities 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.

Workshops for everyone with Maiensy Sanchez, Aug 27, 12:00 to 2:00, Phinney Neighborhood Center

Posted by on 16 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Workshops with Maiensy Sanchez, Aug 27, 12:00 to 2:00, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2 (wood building).

For everyone!

Sign in 11:45. 12:00 – Body Movement with a strong African-Cuban flavor. All levels. Barefoot, socks, or non-marking flexible shoes. 1:00 – Cuban Styling. Intermediate and up. Non-traction shoes (ladies: heel-less or very low heel). $15 per hour pre-reg or $20 at door; $25/$30 2 hours. Join the FB event to pre-register.

Maiensy Sanchez Workshops this Summer, July 9 for All; Thurs in July-Aug for Women

Posted by on 18 Jun 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction

Saturday, July 9, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 2, 6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle (DATE WAS CHANGED FROM JUNE 25 TO JULY 9)

Body Movement, 12:00-12:55 (come at 11:45 to sign in) Body isolation workout and dance flow with a strong African-Cuban flavor. Open to all levels of experience. You may wear slippers, socks, non-marking flexible shoes or dance barefoot.

Cuban Styling, 1:00-1:55, Open to intermediate and experienced dancers. Develop your understanding of cubanía and tune up your muscle memory with fun sequences. Non-traction shoes are best. Ladies: heel-less or very low heel shoes please.

Bring an open heart and and wear comfortable clothing. One workshop: $15 pre-registered, $20 at door Two Workshops: $25 pre-registered, $30 at door. To register via FB please click JOIN, and a private message will follow.

Women’s Corporeal Training, Thursdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, & August 4; 7:30-8:30, at Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 32 (brick building) 6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle

Required pre-registration 6 sessions: $110 5 sessions: $100 4 sessions: $85 Drop-ins welcome upon availability. To register via FB please click JOIN, and a private message will follow. Bring an open heart, wear comfortable clothing and heel-less shoes (bare foot ok too) This is a six-session series embedded in my lifelong connection to sound and movement; an invitation to develop a deeper connection between the physical, the emotional and the spiritual through empowering corporeal techniques. Open to all levels of experience, you will be able to adjust the degree of challenge to your personal needs. This will be a safe space in which to honor the sacred feminine.

Special Workshop with Jose Raul – Sunday Mar 20

Posted by on 05 Mar 2016 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Jose Raul, a native Cuban who came to Seattle a few years ago from Boston, will be teaching advanced rueda moves as a special addition to Sunday Practica, on March 20 at SalsaNSeattle. Practica starts at 4:30. Jose will teach from 5:00 to 6:00. Practica will continue till 6:30. This will be a “donate what you wish” workshop. Come and have some fun with us!

Here’s a little info about Jose:

Cuban with 2 left feet, trained to dance casino and rueda in Boston through Boston Rueda, MIT Casino Rueda, and Metamovements Dance Company. If he could learn to dance, so can you! Jose has organized rueda de casino events and taught casino and rueda in Boston. He also brings his own Cuban flavor to calling.

Rueda de Casino Classes at SalsaNSeattle, Beginner Start Jan 10

Posted by on 20 Dec 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction

I will be a teaching Level 1 (Beginner) series. It meets Jan 10, Jan 24 & Feb 7, from 3:00-4:30. See!rueda-casino-dance-classes-sea/cine for curriculum, registration and more info. This class focuses on the basics on rueda and casino, with an emphasis on lead/follow technique.

Level II meets on Feb 21, March 6 & March 20, also 3:00-4:30. Come for class and stay for practica!

By the end of Level II, students will know the 12 Building Block steps for casino partner dancing and rueda calls, and the the 7 Survival Skills for dancing in a rueda.

Pre-practica Rueda Classes at SalsaNSeattle, Starting Sept 27, 3:00-4:30

Posted by on 21 Sep 2015 | Tagged as: Instruction

Tell your friends who want to learn rueda de casino (Cuban salsa in a square-dance-like format)…and anyone who wants to come to Sunday practica but needs a refresher: I will be teaching Level I (beginner/refresher) rueda de casino at SalsaNSeattle starting Sunday, Sept 27, 3:00-4:30. The class will meet every other Sunday. Come for class and stay for practica!!rueda-casino-dance-classes-sea/cine

Leads who want to learn to follow and follows wanting to learn to lead are also welcome.

The curriculum is on the SalsaNSeattle Rueda/Cuban Salsa web page — scroll down and look in the lower right. So folks who want to drop in or refresh their skills can see what steps will be taught when.

DETAILS & SCHEDULE for Viva Cuba salsa-fest in Bellingham, July 10-12!

Posted by on 04 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Events, Instruction, Music, Social

–FRIDAY: There’s a Cuban trio playing an acoustic concert at Cafe Rumba on Friday night, 7-9pm, followed by a kick-off party with DJs Ofer and Andre.
–SATURDAY: Cambalache, BAAY 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, Doors open 8:30pm, Dance lesson 9pm; buy tix for Saturday on Brown Paper tickets($15 adults, $10 students presale; at door $20 and $15)

One of the musicians in both the trio and the Cambalache line-up was one of Klimax’ lead singers and is reported to be AWESOME!
Class 1: Saturday 1-2:15pm: Salsa Suelta – Footwork, Cuban body motion, musicality (all levels)
Class 2: Saturday 2:30-3:45pm: Casino moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 3: Saturday 4-5:15pm: Wilfredo’s favorite rueda moves for intermediate/advanced
Class 4: Sunday 1-2:15pm: Afro-Cuban folklore: Eleggua, Lumbanche (all levels)
Class 5: Sunday 2:30-3:45pm: Rumba (Columbia) in Casino partnering (intermediate/advanced)
Class 6: Sunday 4-5:15pm: More rueda! (Intermediate/advanced)
WORKSHOP PRICES – these are “pre-register” prices and will be slightly higher at the door. To pre-register join the FB event for the WORKSHOPS: OR send Heather an email ( 1 class: $15; 2 classes: $25; 3 classes: $35; 4 classes: $45; 5 classes: $55; 6 classes: $60;
(Discount for students)
Here’s the Facebook event for the WEEKEND:

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