• Date: Sep 22, 2018
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 for conference, $10 suggested donation for poetry and dance
  • Location: Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe

Anaya Latin Dance presents "Cubania: Cuban Dance Heritage Event Series" in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us Saturday, September 22nd at the Writers Block Café for an art opening and cultural evening. 

7 - 9 p.m. Conference, percussion, & Cuban cuisine
We will hold a short conference about Cuban music and dance with Anaya Latin Dance and special guest Esteban Isnardi. We will talk about Latin musics roots in Cuba, the influence of Cuban musicians globally, longstanding patterns and current trends in Cuban music and how dancers can recognize them and react, and how this thing popularly known as salsa is danced all around the world. Esteban is the author of Le monde autour de la salsa (El mundo a través de la salsa, The World Through Salsa), a memoire of his experiences, and Borrador Para Bailador, a book of poems about Cuban dance, among others.

During the break, enjoy live percussion and trumpet while viewing an exhibit of Esteban's work, which are selections of a series of artistic caricatures of important Cuban musicians. Cuban buffet (catered by the Writers Block Café) available for conference participants and drink ticket included.

9 - 11 p.m. Poetry and social dancing
$10 suggested donation for those not attending conference, to support Anaya Latin Dance.
Enjoy an exhibit of Esteban Isnardis artistic caricatures of important Cuban musicians as well as low-key social dancing with Cuban music. At 10:30 pm, there will be door prizes and and a live poetry performance by Esteban Isnardi. Beer, wine, and great mojitos with locally fermented (wine-based) rum and fresh mint available as well as numerous non-alcoholic drinks and Cuban/international food to order.

This event is also an inaugural fundraiser for Anaya Latin Dance, a new dance company in Alaska focusing on the rich Cuban roots of Latin dances.

A collection of works by Esteban Isnardi, entitled Grandes Músicos Cubanos de Ayer y de Hoy, will be on display at the Writers Block through mid-October as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

This event is all-ages.

Address 3956 Spenard Rd
Anchorage, AK 99502 Get Tickets
view map