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Dance in Cuba (Second Offering)
with Elizabeth Opalenik
February 4 - February 12, 2014

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The entire trip was great and meeting Cubans was effortless and meaningful. Can’t wait to go back! Kathleen Seatter, past Cuba Program participant

Cuba is an intoxicating and rhythmic paradise. Indeed, it wouldn't be the delightful island that it is without the rhythm of salsa or the pulsating beat of an Afro-Cuban rumba. And it is said that every Cuban is born to dance: it is in their blood. Dance in Cuba offers you a rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and experience the complex and exhilarating world of traditional and contemporary dance in the largest island of the Caribbean. 

Cuban dance is a fertile mixture of African and European influences, incorporating everything from sensual salsa to classical ballet. Havana has innumerable contemporary and traditional dance companies, as well as classical ballet schools, that have survived the political and economical changes this small but resilient island has weathered. Every day, monumental colonial buildings open their doors to thousands of Cuban children seeking to learn the art of dance, be it rumba, salsa, guaguanco, classical ballet, contemporary dance, or the exotic flamenco. Join photographer Elizabeth Opalenik on this unforgettable journey through this world of authentically Cuban song, music and dance.

Our 8-day, U.S. government-approved educational exchange program visits the dance and musical centers of Old Havana and the nearby neighborhoods to meet the Cuban people and discover an authentic Cuba that lies beneath the tourist veil. To offer you unparalleled access, English-speaking Cuban photographers who live in Havana serve as our local hosts and translators. In alliance with Cuba's premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its Director Nelson Ramirez, our unique program allows U.S. participants to learn about Cuba's long and colorful history and have educational exchanges with Cuban dancers and artists.

Join Elizabeth and our experienced staff in Cuba for an organized educational exchange through the Pearl of the Antilles and experience Dance in Cuba through your own eyes. The dance, the music, the rhythms, and—most of all—the spirited and gracious Cuban people are the focus of this program that will enable you to better understand this fascinating country. 

True to the requirements of the people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Department, Portrait of Cuba focuses on exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras. There will not be structured photo instruction or group critiques.

Elizabeth Opalenik is a fine-art photographer and sought-after educator who brings a sense of wonder and possibility to her students. This is her 18th year teaching for The Workshops and her second year leading groups to Cuba. Elizabeth’s heart is in philanthropic projects and working in her darkroom, where she creates one-of-a-kind images in the mordançage process, hand painting, and platinum printing. Her work is collected and published internationally and her first monograph, Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs, 1979-2007, chronicles images from the first 30 years of her career. Her web site is www.elizabethopalenik.com.

$3,995 per person. Package includes double occupancy for 7 nights in Havana (Hotel Parque Central); single supplement add $600; breakfast daily plus two group meals; airport transfers and ground transportation in Cuba; and all required visas and licenses. Hotel expenses in Miami and airfare to Miami and Havana not included. Round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana is approximately $500.

Elizabeth Opalenik: Elizabeth Opalenik is a fine-art photographer and sought-after educator who brings a sense of wonder and possibility to stud...

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