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PlazaCUBA Newsletter
PlazaCUBA License Approved and Other News
 January 2012
In this Issue
:: Cuba 2012: Summer - Music and Dance / December - Havana Jazz Festival
:: Direct from Cuba - Raíces Profundas in SF in May 2012
:: PlazaCUBA Sponsors Cuban Shows for SFJAZZ Spring Season
:: Legal Travel to Cuba - PlazaCUBA People-to-People License Approved!
Hi Everyone,

Hope your 2012 is off to a great start! 


We had an amazing trip to the Havana Jazz Festival in December, where we enjoyed incredible music by Cuban and international artists. Other highlights included a student presentation at the National School of Music (La ENA), day trip to the countryside and private shows with Septeto Nacional and Raices Profundas.   


 Attend an SFJAZZ Spring Season show and win a free trip to the 

 2012 Havana Jazz Festival! See details below. 


We have other exciting news to share! We were approved for the people-to-people educational license and are offering a remarkable line-up of programs for 2012.  


Registration is now open for our summer music and dance programs. Contact us directly for registration materials or for more information about a variety of opportunities for all Americans to travel legally to Cuba.


Always wanted to explore Cuba? Well now is the perfect time!   


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Alisa, Executive Director, PlazaCUBA    

Cuba 2012  
                                  photo by EKA photography (c)
dancer by eric 

Summer in Havana

Music & Dance Explorations

June 15 - 29, 2012       


Choose from three different programs:  

Salsa Cubana & Rueda de Casino 

Learn about Cuban Salsa in this exciting 14-day program featuring classes in Salsa, Son, Rumba and Rueda de Casino. Small group classes separated by level.   


Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance & Drum

Classes focus on a variety of dance and percussion styles, including Yoruba, Rumba, Arar� and Palo. Meet local artists and spiritual leaders from the colorful Afro-Cuban tradition.   


Popular Cuban Music & Latin Jazz 

Study music at the Escuala Nacional de M�sica (La ENA) in Havana with some of Cuba's finest teachers and performers. Classes offered on all instruments.      


 Price:  Double  $2,750  /  Single  $2,995    

Includes accommodations with daily breakfast and dinner, ground transportation, travel license, classes, one-to-one meetings with musicians and dancers. Airfare not included.     


Havana Jazz Festival
December 11 - 19, 2012
This program includes eight nights at the elegant and sumptuous, 5-star Melia Cohiba Hotel, overlooking the Malecon. Explore Havana and its thriving music scene. Enjoy a unique cultural and educational experience designed to introduce you to Cuba's most fascinating people and places.
Registration opens in March 2012!

Direct from Cuba -
Ra�ces Profundas May
2-6, 2012 

The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) and PlazaCUBA  

present the legendary Afro-Cuban folklore ensemble Raices Profundas. Distinguished choreographer and artistic director Juan De Dios Ramos will be at the head of his company for what will be their much anticipated US debut. They will be featured as one of the headlining groups in SFIAF this year. Don't miss this!   


Ra�ces Profundas is scheduled to perform five shows at the Marines Memorial Theater May 2 - 6, 2012. Stay tuned for details about their visit, including parties, classes and other events with the group.


Tickets - Sign up Now for Discounts 


juan de diosRaices palo - David









yemaya raices
                                   Photos by Rick Swig 

PlazaCUBA Sponsors Cuban   

Shows - SFJAZZ Spring Season
SFJAZZ is presenting an array of Cuban and Caribbean performers this season, and
PlazaCUBA is the offical sponsor for the following world-class, Cuban artists. Attend and enter to win a free trip to Cuba!             

Chucho Vald�s  

and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Monday, February 20, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre

SF Jazz Chcucho


Sierra Maestra

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30pm
YBCA Forum
SF Jaz Sierra Maestra

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Saturday, June 9, 8:00pm
Herbst Theatre

SF Jazz Gonzalo                            Photos Courtesy of SFJAZZ 

sf jazz Buy Tickets Now! 


Win a free trip to Cuba for the 2012 Havana Jazz Festival!  Attend an SFJAZZ Spring Season show and take a photo of yourself holding PlazaCUBA's ad in the program. Email it to PlazaCUBA at info@plazacuba.com. We'll have a drawing and announce the winner on July 15, 2012 on our Facebook page.  




Legal Travel to Cuba:  

PlazaCUBA License Approved!  

PlazaCUBA was recently issued a specific  license in the educational category, which authorizes our registered participants to visit Cuba legally. We provide the necessary documentation when you register to travel with us.   


Join one of our scheduled group programs or let us help you create your own customized educational, people-to-people trip with our services for small groups.    


All of our educational programs promote interaction with Cubans in their everyday lives. Explore the richness of the culture through our exclusive connections with some of Cuba's most fascinating people, including musicians, dancers, artists and filmmakers.  


PlazaCUBA is currently organizing a cultural and educational journey to Cuba for the Berkeley High School Jazz ensemble in June 2012. Interested in travel opportunities for your own group? Contact us for more information about customized travel. 


PlazaCUBA has more than 12 years experience organizing travel to Cuba for music, dance and humanitarian efforts. We are a licensed organization that's authorized to arrange educational programs in Cuba for Americans. For more information about us and our work, visit our website at www.plazacuba.com.

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