The magic of MMCuba returns to Boston!
Welcome Yoandry san juan
Join us For a Dance-filled weekend!
September 22-24, 2023
Yoandry San Juan
Yoandry is an artist and dancer from Havana. He specializes in son, salsa, reggaeton/repartero and the dances of various Orishas. He has been a part of the MetaMovements collective since 2012 and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. When not dancing, he loves to make music and help others record theirs. He continues to support the recording studio he had opened in Havana!
As many of you who have traveled with us know, MetaMovements collaborates with artists in Cuba and the Dominican Republic to bring travelers to their countries for authentic, immersive dance and music experiences. Through these travel programs, we build meaningful, lasting relationships across borders, inspiring positive ripple effects that impact not only our own lives, but our entire communities. We learn so much through our shared passion for music and dance, as we work together to find ways to make careers in the arts more sustainable and equitable everywhere.
We are thrilled that Yoandry can visit us in Boston! He now lives in Toronto, Canada and recently received permission to travel to the US. We hope this will be the first of many visits.
Yoandry is looking forward to reuniting with travelers he met in Cuba, as well as making new friends in the Boston dance community. Mark your calendars for this special weekend, and join in the fun! There will be opportunities to dance and reconnect— both outdoors and indoors— and time for exchanging with an amazing dancer and musician from our collective in Havana.
Events, performances & workshops during Yoandry's visit!
Location: Assembly Row East, (on green space), 375 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145
Presented by MetaMovements with support from PNC Bank, Federal Realty & Somerville Arts Council
Join us in welcoming Yoandry to Boston for the first time! Eli, Francois, & Anara are excited to reunite with him after many years! They will be bringing you a special fun-filled “Dancing on the Row” starting with a Cuban Style mini-class, and keeping the party going with social dancing, ruedas & timba line dances!
FREE! Open to All Ages! (Donations are welcome)
Fri, Sept 22, 8:30 pm-1:00 am
Location: Dante Alighieri Dance Hall, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
Presented by DJ Hernan Choque & Andres Giraldo (DJ Sonerito)
Join us for an unforgettable night at the Tambo Social! Experience the rhythm and energy of our Cuban Fusion Styling Workshop, suitable for ALL levels of dancers who want to add some flavor and have some fun! Afterwards, get ready to dance the night away with the fabulous crowd at this popular event, and enjoy performances & “animaciones” from the one & only Yoandry!
$15 Cover; cash at door only; drinks available for purchase
Sat, Sept 23, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Location: Masacote Studio @ Cambridge Athletic Club; 215 First St, Cambridge
Presented by Masacote Entertainment, Boston Casineros, Boston Rueda, & MetaMovements
Join us for an incredible afternoon of dance and cultural exchange, while we delve into the details of how to create more fluid, natural movement in each of these styles, and take your dancing to a whole new level! We will also invite you on a journey into the history and musicality behind the moves, so that you can understand and connect more deeply.
12:00 pm: Rumba Movement
1:00 pm: Afro-Cuban Movement
2:00 pm: Adding Rumba & Afro-Cuban Movement to Salsa
Pay at the Door: $25/hour or $60 for full afternoon
Discounts available for people who register in advance through their dance company
Sat, Sept 23, 5:00-5:25 pm
Location: Stage 3 (Mass Ave between Arrow & Bow Streets, Cambridge)
Presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre
We are so excited to be participating in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Dance for World Community™ project. José is a dear friend of MetaMovement’s and we are so happy to be supporting him!
The Dance for World Community™ project focuses on new, meaningful ways of expanding the role of dance in local communities.
Our segment in the festival will feature an upbeat blend of cultural history, performances, animaciones, and fun audience participation! We are so happy that this event coincides with Yoandry’s visit and that these two amazing
Cuban dancers/teachers will get to share the stage!
So come watch, learn and dance with us!
FREE! Open to All Ages!
Sat, Sept 23, 9pm-2am
Location: Havana Club, 288 Green St, Central Sq., Cambridge, MA
Presented by DJ Jeff Robinson
Bring yourself out to Havana Club’s Bachata/Salsa Saturdays this weekend! “It’s one of Boston’s biggest bachata/salsa dance parties…featuring bachata/salsa dancing and lessons, and an amazing venue filled with 300+ welcoming salsa dancers.” AND, don’t miss Yoandry’s riveting performance at 11:30 PM and stay after as Yoandry and Anara light up the dance floor dancing with YOU - all of our friends and collaborators!
$15 cover, $21+, drinks available for purchase, line forms around 10:45 so it’s best to arrive early.
Sun, Sept 24, 11:00am- 1:30pm
Location: 90 Lafayette Street, Unit 203 Salem, MA 01970
Presented by Studio FOLI & MetaMovements
Join us for a fun-filled Sunday in Salem! We are thrilled to return to the beautiful Studio FOLI for what has become a tradition for our international guests–a celebratory gathering with dance, music, and cultural exchange, amongst good people in a welcoming artist space. We will start with a Rumba Workshop for Beginner to Advanced levels, followed by a reception & refreshments.
$35 for the event (includes entry, activities, & refreshments)
We encourage you to register in advance to reserve your spot as space is limited
Sun, Sept 24, 4:00-5:00 pm
(followed by the final Rueda in the Pahk of the season)
Jill Brown-Rhone Park; 371 Massachusetts Ave #363, Cambridge, MA 02139
Presented by Boston Casineros, Boston Rueda, & MetaMovements
Join us for music, dance conversation and celebration, at our favorite Rueda in the Pahk location, right in front of New City Microcreamery. It’s the perfect way to say good-bye… or until we meet again!
FREE! Open to All Ages! (Donations/gifts are welcome)