Cuban Movements Dance Academy is a wedding entertainment service based in Edmonton, Alberta. This company offers couples the chance to work with professional dance instructors to prepare them for their first foray onto their reception dance floor. They can aid those that are complete beginners to the world of dance, helping them to feel confident in their steps before the big day.
Cuban Movements Dance Academy offers a number of different dance packages for your big day. For example, their standard service includes five private classes and two regular classes of your choice. You can study the art of salsa dancing, tango, reggaeton, and contemporary dance - whatever you feel best fits the needs of your event. The instructors are excited to help you design a romantic first dance to celebrate your union.
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I was born and raised in Havana and took my first steps into the world of dance at age eight with a Cuban group - “Dew Drops”- that was part of the iconic “Casa de la Cultura” in Havana. At 16 years of age, I was selected to join the prestigious National College of Art and Music Shows (ENAEM) in Havana, where I become a professional dancer and choreographer with extensive knowledge of traditional Cuban and international dances, including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, ballet, and contemporary dance such as Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pilon, Mozambique, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Guaguanco, Columbia, Yambú, Spanish dance, and Tango.
In 2013, now calling Edmonton my home, I started Cuban Movements Dance Academy to share my passion and love for Cuban dance with the Edmonton community. I am very active in the Latin dance communities of Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. With my dance academy Cuban Movements, I have supported a variety of festivals that celebrate arts and cultural diversity in Edmonton, such as Heritage days, the Edmonton Carnival and the Francofusion Festival as well as Expo Latino in Calgary.
In 2019 I collaborated with Harold Ferran, principal dancer of the prestigious Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, to create and lead a dance training trip to Havana for Edmonton students. The trip, which focused on Afro Cuban dance and Cuban Rumba, provided students an opportunity to learn from Harold, and to enjoy an authentic cultural experience. It is my intention to continue to offer this trip open to all Edmonton dancers on an annual basis.
In 2020, I was awarded the Mowat Diversity Award by the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival for my upcoming, original dance musical production called “Mi Habana Querida”. This year, I also opened my own studio for the Cuban Movements Dance Academy in the Glenora neighborhood.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and took my first steps into the world of dance as soon as I could walk. Being raised in a predominantly Hispanic home, I was introduced to the rich Latin culture, including a large appreciation for music and dance. As such, I was enrolled at the age of 4 into the Edmonton School of Ballet and later moved to a more prestigious dance school, Variations Academy of Performing Arts. As I grew, so did my appreciation for other dance styles. I began to cross train in other areas of dance, though remaining mainly focused on my Ballet training. By the age of 14 I had completed 6/10 Royal Academy of Dance Examinations – all with distinction. I had performed and competed in a multitude of dance competitions within Alberta. Finally, I had fulfilled my dream of performing as part of the cast of The Alberta Ballet’s – The Nutcracker.
Following my Ballet years, I decided to change gears and thus began my interest in the Ballroom Dance world. I was enrolled into the DoDel kids club at Elite Dance Studio. There I was trained by World Latin Dance Champions Dominic Lacroix and Delphine Romaire. I learned both Latin and Standard Ballroom, and participated successfully both in performances and competitions. In 2016 I auditioned and joined Cuban Movements’ Professional Dance Team. I quickly learned that I had found my niche within the dance community. I was instantly immersed into a wide variety of dance styles that I had never seen nor heard of before. There was vigorous training that occurred throughout my first few years with the company. However, the connection that I immediately felt between my Hispanic roots and my ballet training was undeniable and I worked every single day to earn valuable position on the team. Soon enough I began to perform at different multicultural events throughout Canada. Some of them include Folklorama, Heritage Days, Edmonton Carnival, Expo Latino, and CTV News Edmonton.
As a result of the combination of different training experiences that I have obtained, I have been promoted to the principal female dancer of the Cuban Movements Dance Team and the Assistant Artistic Director and Choreographer to the 2021 Edmonton International Fringe Festival Production – Mi Habana Querida. This is both an honor, and a very big responsibility that I do not take lightly as I attempt to maintain the highest level of Cuban culture within our dance school and the production. My goal is to go to Cuba and further my knowledge of traditional Cuban and international dances, including Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pilon, Mozambique, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Guaguanco, Columbia, Yambú, Spanish dance, and Tango.