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Learn Spanish, Dance or Music in Havana, Cuba

For many people, it is a dream come true to learn Spanish, dance or music in Havana, Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital city.  It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cities in the Caribbean, and is a vibrant, lively place to explore. Highlights are the restored colonial architecture, the famous seafront promenade El Malecon, El Prado avenue running from the sea to Parque Central, historic Plaza Vieja and a myriad of small streets around the cathedral.

Colourful artisan markets selling handcrafts and clothes and second-hand bookstalls are dotted around the city, and there are plenty of live music and dance venues to practise what you have been learning. Further information about the school and the courses we offer can be found below.

“I have just returned back from Cuba, and I had a wonderful time. The course that I did was truly helpful, and gave me a good foundation to build upon throughout my trip. I also was able to go on some of the excursions and meet other students there, which was lovely. Cuba is such an interesting country, and the people are so nice.”

AC, Wales

Our Schools

We have two partner schools in Havana, one focusing on group Spanish courses with supplementary dance lessons, and the other offering individual tuition for dance and percussion.  Both schools are small, family run and provide friendly, personal attention to all students.

National Cuban Holidays
1 January; 15 April; 2 May; 25/26/27 July; 10 October; 25/31 December 2022
The school offering group Spanish tuition will be closed on these national holidays and no classes will be held. Any missed lessons cannot be rescheduled.

Transfers
Upon arrival at Havana International Airport, you can take an airport taxi to your accommodation or you can book a private transfer with us.  Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area for a direct transfer to your accommodation – please contact us for more info.

Entry Visa
Most visitors to Cuba require a visa to enter the country known as a tourist card. We can provide this to any UK address at a cost of £25 plus postage. The visa is valid for 30 days from the date you enter Cuba.  If you live outside the UK, we can still provide the tourist card and will confirm postage/courier costs.
Please note that some nationalities will require an alternative tourist card and will have to apply direct to their nearest Cuban Consulate. Anyone flying direct from or via the US to Cuba (whether a US citizen or not) will have to purchase a special tourist card from a US registered travel company.

Flights
Flights are not included in the cost of these holidays and should be booked independently.  All you need to do is confirm when and where you are arriving so that we can organise your transfers on arrival and departure.

This school is located in a quiet residential area of the city just 15 minutes by taxi from historic Old Havana. It offers group tuition all year round for Spanish and dance. There are plenty of shops, cafes and small local restaurants in the area and it is not a district frequented much by other tourists.  The school is housed in a medium sized modern house with a large covered patio at the back where social activities take place.  All classrooms have air-conditioning and audio-visual equipment. The school café has soft drinks, coffee and snacks for students between classes. Dance lessons take place in the ground floor studio in the garden area.  Maximum class size for Spanish tuition is 6 students and minimum age is 18 years.

Cultural activities and excursions are offered each week to encourage students to discover the city and meet other students. and may include a guided city tour of Havana, beach trip, evening out to local dance venue, visits to museums and other places of local interest. These activities are optional and should be paid for at the school.

Please click on the plus signs (+) below for further details about course details and prices:

Intensive Spanish Courses and supplementary dance

These group courses are designed for those who wish to learn communicative Spanish skills, ideal for use in everyday life.  If there is only one student enrolled for a particular level at any one time, they will receive a reduced number of individual lessons instead of group tuition. Course fees include:

  • group Spanish language tuition x 20 lessons per week including placement test and the use of text books – students should take their own paper, pens and a dictionary
  • a programme of social activities
  • a certificate at the end of the course
  • single room accommodation with breakfast and lunch (breakfast and dinner at weekends) in either a nearby local homestay or the school residence on site
  • arrival transfer from Havana airport or bus station

Intensive Spanish Course with local homestay accommodation

Course duration: 1 or more weeks
Consists of: 20 group lessons per week
Class timetable: 09.00 – 13.00 (Mon-Fri)
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
Maximum class size: 6 students
Minimum language level: beginner
Minimum age: 18 years
Cost: 1 week £675 / 2 weeks £1215
3 weeks £1760 / 4 weeks £2275

Intensive Spanish Course with residential accommodation

Course duration: 1 or more weeks
Consists of: 20 group lessons per week
Class timetable: 09.00 – 13.00 (Mon-Fri)+ 2 afternoons
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
Maximum class size: 6 students
Minimum language level: Beginner
Minimum age: 18 years
Cost: 1 week £595 / 2 weeks £1045/3 weeks £1495 / 4 weeks £1945

2022 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year

Supplementary dance lessons are scheduled during the week and cost £60 for 3 lessons per week or £110 for 6 lessons per week.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided from Sunday night until Saturday morning, and extra nights are available on request. (1 week = 6 nights / 2 weeks = 13 nights)

Homestay accommodation
Group Course fees already include a room with a local host or in the school residence (on site and also across the road from the school).  Homestay accommodation is ideal for those who would like to practise their Spanish and have an insight into Cuban life. All homestay hosts live within easy walking distance of the school and accommodation is offered on a room only basis. Breakfast every morning plus lunch on weekdays or dinner at weekends is provided at the school in its cosy café area, a great way to get to know your fellow students and experience good Cuban home cooking. Single or twin rooms (twins only available for two people travelling together).  All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot/cold water and the use of a fridge.
There is also a limited number of rooms available in nearby self catering apartments  please ask us for details.

This dance school is located in Old Havana, just 5 minutes on foot from Cathedral Square in a bustling, historic area of the the city.  The tuition is all individual, and is offered 6 days a week for dance and percussion (no classes on Sundays).  There are 6 bright dance studios, all with large wall mirrors and wall mounted fans; a cosy cafe area for coffee and other drinks; a small roof terrace and other areas where you can sit and relax.  The school is a  renovated former colonial style mansion built over 2 floors and is ideally located for local bars, restaurants and accommodation.

Please click on the plus sign (+) bullet points below for further details about course details and prices:

Cuban Dance Lessons

Cuban dance (Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Reggaeton, Rumba, Merengue and Son) lessons can be taken for a minimum of 10 lessons.   Individual dance lessons are taught by qualified and experienced teachers, all of whom speak reasonable English.  Lessons can take place from 0900-1900, Monday – Saturday. We can also arrange for you to be accompanied by your dance partner at  night to practise what you have been learning.

Course duration: 1 or more weeks
Consists of: 10 or 15 lessons per week
Class timetable: flexible (mornings or afternoons)
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Minimum level: beginner
Minimum age: 18 years

2022 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year (other start days on request)

Package:  Cost: 
Dance + Accommodation 1 week (6 nights) 2 weeks (13 nights)
10 individual dance lessons per week + homestay accommodation – single room with breakfast  £545 £1,100
15 individual dance lessons per week + homestay accommodation – single room with breakfast £645 £1,325
10 individual dance lessons per week + 1 bedroom self-catering apartment £605 £1,230
15 individual dance lessons per week + 1 bedroom self-catering apartment £705 £1,455

We can also arrange for a taxi dancer to accompany you in Havana to venues in the evenings. The cost is £25 per person for up to 3 hours of your dancers time. Entries, transport and drinks should be covered by you for both your dance partner and yourself.

Cuban Percussion Lessons

Cuban music lessons can be taken with or without a dance course. Lessons are held in our school in Old Havana and all tuition is with experienced, qualified tutors.   Percussion lessons focus on drumming techniques and basic Cuban rhythms and most tuition will be in Spanish, although some tutors may be able to speak some English.

Course duration: 1 or more weeks
Consists of: 10 or 15 lessons per week
Class timetable: flexible (mornings or afternoons)
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Minimum level: Beginner
Minimum age: 18 years

2022 Start dates: Any Monday throughout the year (other start days on request)

Package: Cost:
Percussion: + Accommodation: 1 week (6 nights) 2 weeks (13 nights)
10 individual Percussion lessons per week + homestay accommodation – single room with breakfast £485 £1,010
15 individual Percussion lessons per week + homestay accommodation – single room with breakfast £565 £1,165
10 individual Percussion lessons per week + 1 bedroom self-catering apartment £515 £1,075
15 individual Percussion lessons per week + 1 bedroom self-catering apartment £595 £1,230

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in homestays or hotel accommodation, all year round in Old Havana.

Homestay Accommodation

This type of accommodation is ideal for those who would like to practise their Spanish and have an insight into Cuban life.   Rooms are available in various parts of Old Havana and include breakfast. Additional meals can be requested direct with your host although there are plenty of good restaurants and cafes in this part of the city. Single or double rooms (twins only available for two people travelling together).  All rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot/cold water and the use of a fridge

Self-catering Apartment

A self-catering 1 bedroom apartment is perfect for those that would like complete independence and include air conditioning in bedroom,  private bathroom, kitchen, refrigerator and hot and cold water.
2 bedroom apartments are also available on request for those travelling together and at an additional cost.

“I had a great time in Havana. [My homestay host´s] place was in a really convenient location, a couple of minutes walk from the Comodoro Hotel where the transfers to the school picked up and dropped off. They were very friendly and I had a nice en-suite room to myself. The [school] were very well organised and even though timings of pick-ups and drop-offs could be a little hit and miss (adjust expectations a little for Cuba of course!) we were all well informed and well looked after. Our language teacher was lovely, fun and professional, with an immersive style of teaching that seemed too much to start with but started to work by the end of the week, and my dance teacher was very patient (she had too be!!) with me. Again, this was all very well organised at the school with breaks and basic refreshments available to purchase and a good choice places to eat in the vicinity. Very happy with the whole trip, from dealing with you guys to the fab experience that this type of holiday provides; love Havana as well!! I should have booked 2 or 3 weeks though as 1 week was only enough to learn the very basics of dancing and language. Next time maybe…!”

DH, Surrey (Nov 2013)

“I have just returned back from Cuba, and I had a wonderful time. The course that I did was truly helpful, and gave me a good foundation to build upon throughout my trip. I also was able to go on some of the excursions and meet other students there, which was lovely. Cuba is such an interesting country, and the people are so nice.”

AC, Wales (Sep 2013)