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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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First edition

¡Qué Calor! 2017



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The festiwal officially started on Friday from very interesting slide show about Cuba, which has presented for us La Compañía Cubana. After the theory we went on to practice: during music workshops, under Hector’s watchful eye, we learnt and clapped the rhythms of palo and yuka. The party in Metaforma Cafe, despite the unfavorable weather, went well – we enjoyed the best music from our DJs: Hervé TimbaLeaks and Tomas Tuno and the festival drink: fresa con sorpresa. On Saturday, all participants bravely attended the workshops, which gave for us: Lianette Granados, Liudmila Rodríguez,  Regla Hernández, Oliwia Szewczak, Ania Seruga, Osmani Segura, Ivancito Camagüey, Héctor Oviedo, Eryk Januszyk and Jacek Ratuszyński. Accompaniment in the Afro room was provided by Maciej “Mustafa” Giżejewski and Łukasz Jasiak, supported by our great artists. The translators: Olga Podkul and Zuzanna Klocek helped us to break language barriers. The Saturday evening, as befits gala, we spent in Cracow Opera. El Honguito joined the group of DJs and on the dancefloor we could admire shows of great groups: Cuban Flow, Salseras de Corazon, Oye! rueda and A lo negro. The party lasted until the morning, but the most assiduous participants didn’t miss Sunday workshops. And it was worth it – who didn’t get up, regret it! The last party took place in the Klub Plac Nowy 1. Finally it was time to take a breath for our brave volunteers and for us, so we could make a toast with delicious and served in huge glasses mojito. All evidence made by Łukasz Kanclerski (photo) and Mateusz Wykurz (video) is available on our website.

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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.

Yoandy Villaurrutia

New Style

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.

Alieva Rodríguez Dinza

Femenine power

GraduatedfromEscuela Vocacional de Arte Regino Eladio Botiin Guantánamo. Then she studied in Escuela Nacional de Arte en Cuba, where she specialized in Cuban and Afrocuban folk dances and modern dance. She worked as a teacher and a dancer, later on also as a choreographer. She founded a dance group Ballet Rakatan de Cuba, together with them she performed on her first international salsa festival. She worked with famous Havana Night, on her own project Sonlar and many more. Currently she lives in Barcelona, where she has her own dance school LaFabricaBcn.

Osmani Segura

Osmani Segura

The Rhythm of the Street

Osmani Segura is a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He is specializing in Cuban salsa, reggaeton, rumba, Afro-Cuban dances, nonetheless, other styles are not an unexplored area for him. He was born in Havana where, for many years, he has been perfecting his skills and expertise related to traditional dance styles. His career, as a performer, began in the Sabor Latino group. After he came to Germany, he used to perform with groups such as Just Blaze, Mezcla Perfecta, Latin Instinct Dance company or Los Freakos. Currently, Osmani Segura is focused on teaching.

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.

Liudmila Rodríguez Silva

Liudmila Rodríguez Silva

Tradition full of elegance

Liudmila Rodríguez Silva made her debut as a solo dancer in the spectacles of the Aché Latino group, and soon after that she started to work at Cabaret Parisien in Havana, where she developed her skill in the areas of traditional Cuban styles, and beyond. She has a Master of Arts degree, with a major in folk dances, which she obtained at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Despite her well-rounded education and great technique, she claims that the art of dance is not encompassed solely in the process of transferring and acquiring the knowledge, as expression of emotions that have an impact on the human soul bear tantamount importance.

Ivancito Camagüe

Ivancito Camagüey

Dance craze

Ivan García Williams known as Ivancito Camagüey was born in Camagüey in Cuba. When he was eight, he took his first steps in the world of the following dances: danzón, son, cha-cha, changüí. He got an education in the field of folk dances and contemporary dance in Escuela de Instructores de Artes Nicolás Guillén. He has cooperated with the groups as El Ciclón del Caribe or Oyance. In 2007 he moved to Italy where he began his international career. He is a dancer and a rumba, afro, contemporary dance, columbia, Cuban salsa, timba or reggaeton instructor.

Regla María Hernández-Madej

Regla María Hernández-Madej

A Ball of Fire

Regla María Hernández-Madej 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

Héctor Oviedo Abreu

The icon of style

Héctor Oviedo Abreu 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.

Joanna Sieja

fun and flow

Is a dancer who specializes in Cuban styles, but also likes to develop her style with skills from other dances. During her classes you will find out a lot about technique, but also how to have flow. Dancing is for her the way of life and passion, in every sense of the word. She says that the most satisfying moment during the workshops is when she experiences positive energy from happy participants, because they learned something new, and by the way - they had a good time. She is the leader of a group ALTERjuEGO and teaches in her own dance studio DANCE#LOVEit in BielskoBiała.

Eryk Januszyk

Eryk Januszyk

Clave Strong Man

Eryk Januszyk is a 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, bailes populares, 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.

DJ

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Dj Lao de Cuba

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

Mateusz Grzybek a Pole by birth, a Cuban by belief and love. An owner of one of the largest collections with the timba records in Poland. In love with Cuban music and dance since 2009. Now he is sharing his passion for this culture during events in Poland and abroad. What’s in his menu? Timba for breakfast, rumba for dinner, son for supper and reggaetón for dessert. One could try these delicacies at among others: I am Cuban All Star, Calle de Timberos, Warsaw Cuban Festival by Bachaturo, Summer Salsa Trip, Mini Festival Cubano or Western Salsa Camp. Bon appétit!

DJ Hervé TimbaLeaks

DJ Tomás Tuno

DJ Tomás Tuno comes from Spain. He is an artist who fuses two greatest passions of his: music and dance. When he was nine, he started to learn to play the guitar, he performed with numerous Latin and Spanish folk bands, to master more than 10 musical instruments in the end. His first DJ acts took place back in 2000, he also worked as a concert organizer. After he came to Cracow, he was working as a DJ at well-reputed Clubs, playing the pop hits. Here, he has also discovered the world of Salsa, learning how to dance. Not only is he a DJ, as he organizes numerous dance events.

Dj Punto

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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Juan Carlos Sierra Hernández

experience and passion

Was born in Havana. He is a professional musician with more than 20 years of experience. He plays not only rumba and Afro-Cuban dances, but also salsa, son, bolero and much more. He performed during some of the most prestigious events in Cuba and other countries. He played with a lot of folk groups in many cities of the whole island. He worked with the legends of Cuban music, for example Yoruba Andabo. He won a lot of important music awards. He likes to share his knowledge with the participants of many festivals he is invited to.

Mustafa

Mustafa

drum whisperer

Maciej (Mustafa) Giżejewski is cajon, conga, drumset and percussion player. His greatest passion is everything that’s percussive, full of life and emotions. He works with many famous soloists and bands from all over the world. Mustafa has accompanied many afro-cuban dance classes on festivals in Poland and Europe. He never stops learning and exploring the music cosmos. He has recorded many CDs with different kinds of music (latin, club, jazz reggae, gospel).

Łukasz Jasiak

musical fire

Drummer and percussionist. He started his musical journey attending the workshops of Zbigniew Łowżył. In this place came to life the band Republika Czadu, together they set Guiness record creating the world’s biggest recycling orchestra. He composed music for theatre and performed on various festivals like Woodstock and Ostróda Reggae Festival. He played in Germany, Finland, Norway, Bahrain. Now he works with the band Drum Work, organizes drum workshops, plays as a guest musician in Jafia, performs in educational concerts ProSinfonika and accompanies during dance workshops.

Program

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10:00-20:00
Bootcamp

Osmani Segura

MDK Dom Harcerza

19:00-21:00
Music workshops

Hector Oviedo

Metaforma Cafe

22:00-5:00
Party

DJ Lao de Cuba, DJ El Honguito

Klub Shine

10:00-18:20
Workshops

TS Wisła, MDK Dom Harcerza

13:20
Group photo

MDK Dom Harcerza

22:00-6:00
Party

DJ Lao de Cuba, DJ Tomás Tuno

Klub Studio

24:00
Shows

Klub Studio

10:30-18:20
Workshops

TS Wisła, MDK Dom Harcerza

22:00-3:00
Party

DJ El Honguito, DJ Punto

Plac Nowy 1

Tickets

QUECALOR SHOP


Locations



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Hostel Olimp


We highly recommend you accommodation in hostel on the campus of the AGH University of Science and Technology.
BThe buildings are on Rostafińskiego street, very close to the workshop halls and Saturday party place (see the map here)
We have three options:
✪ place in a double room,
✪ single room,
✪ studio for one person.
All studios have 2 rooms with one bathroom and kitchenette.
There are towels and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

To find out more about the hostel click here:
taniehostele.pl

To book your room visit our online shop:
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