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Mi casa es su casa

Festival



During one of the summer evenings, when we were discussing the meaning of life, we realized that the only thing we are missing in the city of kings, is a dance event which would provide us with an opportunity to participate in a workshop concerning our favorite dance-styles during the day, and give us a chance to discover the richness of Cuban rhythms during the parties at night. Following the following principle: “If we do not entertain ourselves, nobody will entertain us”, unanimously, we decided to create a festival of our dreams here in Cracow. Due to the fact that we’re far from being selfish, and that happiness is a thing to be shared (because then, contrary to what one may think, it gets multiplied), we would like to invite you to create our dreams in reality together with us.

What is our recipe for a “perfect festival”? A lot of Timba, a pinch of Rumba and Afro, spiced up with reggaeton, artists who not only are perfect dancers, but who also have an ability to share their knowledge, parties during which shared fun will be present until the break of dawn, and people, above all, dance passionates and lovers of anything Cuban.

We would like you to feel good here, have great fun, so with full awareness of anything that could possibly happen, we would like to assure that everything is going to be done, to make the festival home, constructed with great attention to detail, become your home, as the Cubans would say: „Mi casa es su casa”.


About Us



At the first glance, our story resembles other, similar ones. We have met during a party, exchanged our phone numbers and became facebook friends. Soon, our facebook albums started to feature dozens of photos of us together, and our diaries became filled with all of the adventures through which we went together. And this would probably be normal, had it not been for the dream that was created within us, at the same time - to create a festival which has never been witnessed before, in the world of Salsa.

Looking for dance inspirations, we have visited numerous events, in Poland and abroad (Serbia, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Germany), in order to finally reach out to the source and visit Cuba. Even though our everyday jobs seem to be mundane, in the evening you may meet us around the dancefloors of Cracow, acting as dancers, course participants and instructors. Our dancing skills have been presented on numerous stages, however, we think that applause from even the largest audience cannot replace the smile on your partner’s happy face during a true Cuban fiesta :) Maybe this sounds far-fetched, but we consider music, especially the Cuban music, to have a soothing effect, and that there is no thing which is more beautiful than interpretation of such music with the use of sophisticated moves.

Is there anything more, beyond those charming smiles? Come, find out yourselves. We would also like to invite you to contact us, we will try to answer any question you could have. If you have any proposals, ideas, remarks - contact us! We’re not some weirdos :)

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Third edition

¡Qué Calor! 2019




Artists:

Yoandy Villaurrutia, Diana Rodriguez Garcia, Osmani Segura, Yorgenis Danger Garcia, Ivancito Camaguey, Liudmila Rodriguez Silva, Hector Oviedo Abreu, Regla Maria Hernandez, Nathalie Mila, Rafael Hernandez, Oliwia Szewczak, Eryk Januszyk

DJ-s:

Lao de Cuba, El Honguito, Punto

Live music:

Julio Molina, Juan Carlos Sierra Hernnadez, Maciej Giżejewski

Places:

Workshops: TS Wisła, MDK Dom Harcerza;
Parties: Teatro Cubano, Klub Studio, Klub Pl. Nowy 1

Second edition

¡Qué Calor! 2018




Artists:

Diana Rodriguez Garcia, Alieva Rodriguez Dinza, Liudmila Rodriguez Silva, Regla Hernandez, Joanna Sieja, Yoandy Villaurrutia, Osmani Segura, Ivancito Camagüey, Yorgenis Danger Garcia, Hector Oviedo Abreu, Eryk Januszyk

DJ-s:

Lao de Cuba, El Honguito, Tomas Tuno, Punto

Live music:

Juan Carlos Sierra Hernandez, Maciej Giżejewski, Łukasz Jasiak

Places:

Workshops: MDK Dom Harcerza, TS Wisła, Metaforma Cafe;
Parties: Shine, Klub Studio, Klub Plac Nowy 1

First edition

¡Qué Calor! 2017




Artists:

Lianette Granados, Liudmila Rodríguez Silva, Regla Hernández, Oliwia Szewczak, Ania Seruga, Osmani Segura, Ivancito Camagüey, Héctor Oviedo Abreu, Eryk Januszyk, Jacek Ratuszyński

DJ-s:

Hervé TimbaLeaks, El Honguito, Tomas Tuno

Live music:

Maciej Giżejewski, Łukasz Jasiak

Places:

Workshops: MDK Dom Harcerza, TS Wisła;
Parties: Metaforma Cafe, Opera Krakowska, Klub Plac Nowy 1


Artists

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Yoyo Flow

NewStyle

Was born in Havana. He took his first dance class at the age of five. He went to Escuela de Danza y Teatro and soon got noticed by its director Tony Menéndez, who gave him an opportunity to dance in his group. He was a member and soloist of various dance companies such as Havana Dance Star and YolDance. He performed as a dancer in many movies and videos. People from all over the world love workshops of his unique New Style. Yoandy is very charismatic, full of energy and creative in combining a lot of different dance styles.

Diana Rodríguez García

Cuban power

Was born in Santiago de Cuba. She studied Cuban folklore, ballet and modern dance at Escuela Vocacional de Arte. She danced in famous groups such as Danza Teatro del Caribe or Ballet Folklórico de Oriente.She was the winner of many dance competitions organized in Cuba, for exampleof casino, rueda and son. Currently she lives in Moscow. Dianabelieves that it is not only dance that matters, a very important part of her work is to spread Cuban culture in Russia and other countries where she gives many workshops on the biggest salsa festivals.

Osmani Segura

Yorgenis Danger García

Afrocuban craziness

Studied dance education and graduated in 2004 at the ISA, the University of Artin Havana, with honors. Following his studies, he even worked as a teacher at the ISA. He focuses on the traditional dance bailespopulares (son, mambo, chachachá) as well as Afro-Cuban dances, rumba, modern dance and of course on salsa and reggaetón.
Yoyo is not only an excellent dancer with outstanding didactic skills, but also an enthusiastic and charismatic person, whose positive attitude electrifies the audience and his students immediately.

Julio Napoles

Reggaetonero mayor

Cuban dancer, he studies many kinds of dance in Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. He knows everything about modern dance, salsa, Cuban folklor. But his soul belongs to… hip-hop and reggaetón, and for sure you will experience that during workshops. He is full of positive energy all the time, he has an ability to share his knowledge and create unique choreographies that often go viral. As if it wasn’t enough, he loves to sing and can turn a class into a real party!

Nathaliè Milá

Yusimi Moya Rodriguez

Discreet charm of afro

She studied dance in Escuela Nacional de Artes in Havana. She worked and toured worldwide for five years with Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba, the famous state-run Afro-Cuban folkloric ballet. Later she joined the dance company Ebony, where ballet, modern dance and Afro-Cuban dance styles were combined. She always teaches the essence of Cuban dances. Her students will first get to understand the roots of the movements, before they create their own original style.

Rafael Hernández

Nathaliè Milá

Crazy ballerina

Was born in Havana. She began her artistic path from classical dance lessons at the age of 6. She studied in Pro-Danza de Cuba center, leaded by Laura Alonso. When she was 11 she won the second prize in the Alicia Alonso’s competition. In 2003 she graduated from very prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte. She danced in Teatro América, where her career was very successful and she became a principal dancer. Currently she lives in Rome, sharing her passion during various international dance events.

Liudmila Rodríguez Silva

Rafael Hernández

Elegant macho

Was born in Hawana. He beganto dance in Casa de la Cultura and continuedhisstudies in Taller Juvenil del Teatro América de Cuba and Taller del Teatro Nacional de Cuba. After the graduation he joined the company of Teatro América, where he was constantly learning various dance techniques with teachers such as Domingo Pau, Juan Carlo Castaño,Santiango Alfonso and was a successful soloist. Now he lives in Rome, where he teaches in his own school Timba Mía. He also founded his own dance group Adoquin Company, which shares the passion for Cuban culture.

Ivancito Camagüe

Héctor Oviedo Abreu

The icon of style

Has accumulated his all-round dance skills thanks to the most important dance schools of Cuba: Escuela Nacional de Arte and Instituto Superior de Arte. He is also an experienced performer, who was a member of dance groups such as Raíces Profundas or Conjunto Folklórico Nacional. He also was a dancer and a choreographer in the Yoruba Andabo group. He was successful all around the world, also as an Instructor specializing in Afro-Cuban dances. He never gives up, while hard work is his top driving value. During many years of his career, he became an icon of the dance world.

Regla María Hernández-Madej

Regla María Hernández

A ball of fire

Was born in Camagüey, Cuba. She attended the Eide Cerro Pelado school, where she was practicing running. However, it was dance that was the true passion of hers ever since, and to dance she devoted her sporting career. She started her education at the Ballet Folklórico de Camagüey school, where she learned all about the Afro-Cuban dance. Then she became a part of the Danza Cuba group, with which she enhanced her professional dancing skills. Currently residing in Poland, she works as a dance and zumba instructor. Regla is full of positive energy, and this very energy is passed on to the course participants, during every class.

Héctor Oviedo Abreu

Oliwia Rylska

Polish power

Co-owner of Oye! Dance School, choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. She is smiling, energetic, open-minded and still working on her. She started dancing at the age of 5 in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw (eurythmics classes). Later she studied ballet, folk and contemporary dance. She found true fulfillment in Cuban salsa. Soon there was a passion to the Island, culture and other Cuban and Afrocuban dances.

Eryk Januszyk

Clave strong man

Co-founder of the La Clave dance school from Katowice, he is a choreographer, founder of the Clave Koksy dance group which performed during numerous festivals in Poland and abroad. He is also a lover of Cuban culture and music in its purest, unchanged form. He has peculiar skills at his disposal, as he interconnects dance and musical knowledge that remains at his disposal. His repertoire includes any dance genre you could imagine: folk, rumba, bailespopulares, bailes de salón, bailes campesinos, reggaetón, timba. Knowledge of so many techniques allows him to fuse them in a harmonious way, expressing the dance creativity.

Eryk Januszyk

Anna Seruga

Salsera de corazón

She is passionate about Cuban salsa (especially its African roots). Aesthetics, elegance and technique - those are the words that come to mind when we think of her style. She teaches at Corazon Dance School and is the founder of dance group called Salseras de Corazon. Ania was teaching on the biggest Polish salsa festivals such as El Sol or Calle de Timberos. You will remember her classes, not only because of her charm, but also precision and patience she has for her students while explaining even the most difficult movements.

Eryk Januszyk

Jacek Ratuszyński

Salsero de corazón

Master of Physical Education with a specialization in dance, instructor and co-owner of Corazon Dance School in Bielsko-Biała. He was a teacher at many salsa festivals and events, such as I am Cuban All Star or El Sol. He founded dance group Corazon Cubano and he’s an active member of Clave Koksy - male dance team. He is constantly developing his skills, always with passion and happiness he wants to share with others. Jacek is the master of communicating the knowledge, and you can tell it by looking at his students on the dancefloor.

DJ

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Dj Lao de Cuba

Pure joy

Considers the work he does his passion and lifestyle. He says that he wants to give to the people not only his music, but also good energy. He observes the dancefloor and tries to choose what dancers like the most. He knows a lot about Cuban music and also about different styles from various periods of time. DJ Lao puts all of his heart in the work he does and he is very active in the dancing world.He worked with some of the most famous Cuban bands and he visits various events, not only in Spain, where he lives, but in the whole Europe.

DJ El Honguito

Magic mashrum

Pole by birth, Cuban by beliefs and love. He is the owner of one of the biggest collection of timba music in Poland. He is in love with Cuban music and dance since 2009. He shares his passion for this culture at events in Poland and abroad. What is the menu? Timba for breakfast, rumba for dinner, son for supper and reggaetón for dessert. These rarities you can try for example at: I am Cuban All Star, Calle de Timberos, Warsaw Cuban Festival by Bachaturo, Summer Salsa Trip, Mini Festival Cubano or Western Salsa Camp. Enjoy your meal!

Dj Punto

Crazy unicorn

Is a breath of fresh and the real gem from Cracow. He started to dance in 2012 and last year became a salsa DJ. He is definitely a party animal, so he knows what kind of music dancers like the most. He can lure the people onto the dancefloor with some slower songs, just to surprise them with the real bomb! In his collection he has a lot of salsa classics, as well as the newest hits. But be careful, if he dances a song that he knows well (and he knows many…) there are no excuses. Even if his partner doesn’t know it, she will dance to all the accents.

Live music

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Julio Molina Pérez

One man orchestra

Bębniarz, perkusista. Swoją muzyczną podróż rozpoczął podczas warsztatów Zbigniewa Łowżyła. W pracowni tej zrodził się zespół Republika Czadu, z którym pobił rekord Guinnessa na największą orkiestrę recyklingową na świecie. Tworzył muzykę do spektakli teatralnych, występował na takich festiwalach jak Woodstock czy Ostróda Reggae Festival. Koncertował w Niemczech, Finlandii, Norwegii, Bahrain. Aktualnie udziela się w zespole Drum Work, prowadzi warsztaty perkusyjne, gościnne występuje z zespołem Jafia, gra koncerty edukacyjne ProSinfonika oraz akompaniuje do warsztatów tańca.

Juan Carlos Sierra Hernández

Experience and passion

Is a percussionist and singer. He began to study Cuban rhythms at very young age. For three years he was a member of a famous group Rumbatá. He worked with Conjunto Folclorico Camagüey, one of the best ballet companies in Cuba, for over a decade, as a dancer, musician and vocalist, studying Cuban folklore. He lives in Europe for 12 years now, collaborating with the most prestigious schools in France and Italy. He’s being invited to all important international dance and percussion events.

Mustafa

Antonio Nigro

Still waters

He is a versatile musician and he knows Cuban rhythms like the back of his hand. He may seem very calm and controlled… But when he begins to play, the whole world disappears. He gets into trance and becomes one thing with his music. He loves to play both congas and batá drums. He is being invited to many European festivals, where he accompanies various dance classes. In his repertoire we can find: rumba guaguancó, rumba columbia, Afrocuban dances for orishas, yuka, makuta and pal


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