Little Havana Dance & Dancing

Dancing salsa / son Cubano at the Viernes Culturales festival.
Dancing salsa / son Cubano at the Viernes Culturales festival.

In Little Havana, we love to dance. We have venues and classes for Cuban dance, Mexican dance, Argentinean dance: you name it.

We move en clave when we hear music we like: we’ve got rhythm in our bones.

EVERYONE dances. Kids dance. Old folks dance … with elegance and flair. And at local clubs, don’t be surprised to see 20-somethings on the same dance floor as  couples in their eighties.

But don’t worry about having to show off “salsa” moves. Most folks are more into feeling and enjoying the music than showing off. Try to feel the rhythm first, and then just flow with it.

Little Havana has clubs and other music venues where you can practice your pasos (steps), but also dance studios where you can learn how to dance. Plus, during festivals like Viernes Culturales, the Calle Ocho festival or our new Gay8 Festival, you can dance without a cover charge in our plazas or in the street!

We are also home to well-respected dance companies, like the Miami Hispanic Ballet, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Brigid Baker’s Whole Project and Marisol Blanco’s Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Company. Performances by our local dance companies (and visiting dance companies) take place at venues throughout Little Havana, as well as during special events like Viernes Culturales.

Dance Genres

As for the dance genres you can find here, we offer far more than what you might think of as salsa. Many locals will tell you that the infectious “salsa” that you’re grooving to is son Cubano, or perhaps timba. In our local clubs you’re also likely to hear styles like reggaeton or Cubaton, merengue, bachata or cumbia. If you like tango, you can find tango milongas here (tango social dances). We have cabarets where you can listen to Cuban “feeling” or trova music sung by Latin Grammy winners like Amaury Gutierrez.

Perhaps you want to dance to Afro-Cuban music like rumba or Orisha music. Or more contemporary Afro-Latin funk and fusion sounds like those performed by PALO! and the Spam Allstars. Our venues even host Cuban rock bands and raperos (rappers).

Dance Classes & Studios

At our dance studios and dance classes, learn everything from ballet to Cuban modern dance, tango to Afro-Cuban folkloric dance, hip-hop (breakdancing) to Mexican folkloric dances. Of course, you can find salsa classes, too, including free salsa classes on Thursdays at Ball & Chain.

Below is a list of some of our dance studios:

6th Street Dance Studio
1501 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 380-5200
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Genres: Contemporary dance, hip-hop/breakdancing.

DAF Studio
1501 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 560-1150
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Genres: Ballet (including baby ballet), Afro-Cuban folkloric dance (rumba, Orisha), Cuban modern, Mexican folkloric dance, belly dance.

Jose Marti Park Dance Studio
444 SW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 960-2940

Cuban Classical Ballet School @ Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
111 SW 5th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 236-8459
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We also have the special Little Havana Social Club offered by Little Havana’s Koubek Center. Throughout the year, the cultural center offers a performance by top-notch bands preceded by a free dance class. Classes so far have included tango, Puerto Rican bomba, Afro-Cuban styles, Timba and more! The Koubek Center is located in a gorgeous historic building, too. The video below highlights the event with Miami’s own Timbalive.

Little Havana Walking Tours + Dance

As a Cuban/Latin dance enthusiast and expert on Afro-Cuban dance, I can tell you all about where to find dance venues, dance classes and independent dance instructors in Little Havana on one of my walking tours. For a private tour, I am able to organize an add-on dance workshop or presentation.

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