Mary L. from Toronto / Canada visiting Havana
We had a great time in havana! it was a wonderful trip and the service
from the very beginning (expressing interest in travelling) to the end
Susan from Canada visiting Santiago
My entire experience in Santiago was perfect from beginning to end.
Everything was perfectly organized and everyone was incredibly kind, polite and helpful to me. It was a beautiful week packed with fun and excitement.
Marita from Finland
booking process was very good and easy, it was really helpfull to get more
information and recommends before decision. Thank you very much
Matthias!!! it would be otherwise almost impossible to find out good
dancelessons by own hand in Havanna. in generally accomodation was good
and it was great that location of accomodation and school was great and near.
Veronica from Cologne
The trip was an absolute success: my landlord was a real treasure, my
Spanish teacher super professional, and my dance course was also
successful. So, altogether I can say that I will recommend you with
the best conscience. The opportunity to select and combine individual
components sets DyM Travel pleasantly apart from the package deals of other
Susanne from Lindlar
I have been imagining to myself for years just how it would all
happen, and it didn't correspond to my expectations at all - it was so
totally different, but damn good! Thank you so much for the support.
Lonneke v. M. from the Netherlands
I loved it! I had a wonderful time in Havana and I am missing it very much at the
moment. The accomodation was good, I really felt good with the people and
the room and private bathroom were pleasant. And the view of the apartment did
live up to my dreams, that was gorgeous. Gladys, who picked me up from the airport,
was very friendly and helpful. The Spanish teacher that I had was great. She was
professional, but also very friendly and interesting. We had wonderful conversations,
we discussed life in Cuba, in the Netherlands, in the world, we discussed our families,
relationships and other interesting issues of love and life in general. All in
Spanish of course! And the salsa classes, I wish they would have lasted three to
four hours instead of two. I really enjoyed them very, very much. They were of a
good level and Karuka and the guys dancing there were all very nice. For me, they
could even have been a little more intensive ...
I also have a little film (made with my photo camera) of my partner and
Have a look at it.
Michelle H. from Switzerland
We were a bit sceptical about what it would be like, but it exceeded
our expectations. We were pleasently surprised by the transfer service,
the casa particular and also the salsa course! We were more than happy
with the accommodation. It was the cleanest room in Cuba! and very
centrally located. The owners were very friendly, curious and
sociable. They had many interesting recommendations for us and they
helped us to organize our individual subsequent journey by arranging
other casas particulares for us.
Donal H. from United Kingdom
Just dropping you a note of thanks for all the arrangements you made on my behalf for the holiday.
Everything went according to plan and I was very happy with the whole package.
The accomodation was warm and friendly and very central,
the Spanish classes have given me a boost to my confidence,
and I thoroughly enjoyed the salsa lessons with Caruca and Alexis and my dance partner Isabel.
I was very impressed that booking this kind of holiday by intenet would go so smoothly.
Muchas gracias por todo,
Achim T. from Reutlingen
First of all, I would like to laud the private accommodation. My hosts
reveived me very friendly, they prepared an excellent breakfast and
the rooms were kept very clean. I enjoyed the noise level at the Plaza de la
Fraternidad, Cuban life simply vibrates there and it couldn't affect my
deep sleep. It was a pleasure to study Spanish with my teacher in the
Capitolio library. She had already been in Germany and she was
interested in topics we are also dealing with, things that sometimes
are still unknown in Cuba, so we talked about the annoying word VIP, about
Mrs. Merkel, the growing commercial frenzy and many more topics - it was
simply lots of fun.
I was extremely lucky with my dance partner, she always danced with
pleasure and heart and she was very patient with me. I hope, that Cuba
will always conserve this piece of identity, naturalness and
straightforwardness and that hopefully Cuba will be untroubled by some
developments we experience in Germany.
I organised my round trip during the third week on my own after our telephone
conversation. I always found wonderful spots in
Vignales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. It worked perfectly to get a hired
car and to travel with it.
I would like to thank you for your help and I hope that the Cuban
culture, its dances, music and virtuous musicians will stay reserved
for those people who really appreciate them, and that the culture does
not succumb to mass consumption.
Sabine from Munich
Thank you so much for the great programme you organised for me in Havanna. Everything worked perfectly and surpassed my expectations in every respect.
Sandra from Darmstadt
I felt EXTREMELY comfortable at the privat accomodation.
The dance partners and Caruca are just fabulous - I danced with David
and Christiane with Alexis - both are very good dancers. Besides, we
had lots of fun, which makes it even better.
Glory from St. Louis / USA
Matthias, i had a fantastic time in Cuba. the dance was most exciting for me.
delicious food, and incredible music and dance. who wouldn't enjoy that?
best wishes, glory
Ann - Berit from Borås / Sweden
Had a crazy, fantastic time in Cuba and I am totally fascinated by
the country, the atmosphere and especially by the people! I am so
happy that I made the Spnaish course at the beginning. The language
helped me to discover a completely new world. The journey was very fulfilling
I am very grateful that I found you people accidentally in the
internet!!! I am already longing to go back to Cuba!!!!!!!!
Wayne from Colorado (USA)
Matthias, I cannot even begin to tell you what a wonderful experience we
in Cuba. It is possible that the whole dance gang will visit when they are
on tour in the US in Feb. We've become friends with our co-students and
will no doubt re-congregrate at other venues. The instructors were
personalble, talented, bursting with infectious good energy. The hotel
was clean and comfortable and safe. Janny and I enjoyed Old Havana so much
that we did not even explore the rest of the island. I hope to return
within 6 mos. Re my dance teacher here...well, she's a very volonte Costa
Rican...she smiled deeply when she arrived at class and found me teaching
others in the class the Cuban Mambo. I still am a wannabe in Salsa, but
we're getting there poco a poco. Thank you again for a memorable dance
experience. If you would like to use me as a reference for potential
clients, I'd be pleased to give you a great review. Cheers, Wayne
Maura and Maria from Italy
We are back from our Cuba holidays (unfortunately...). We had the best time there. I am fascinated by Cuba and especially by the people there. We will go back to Cuba for sure. We would like to thank you because everything worked out perfectly. EVERYTHING WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.
- The accommodation was super. They gave us also directions of casas particulares in Trinidad and Viñales, which were just as nice.
- The Spanish classes were excellent - we learned heaps within one week - and this also helped us for our sightseing tours. Our Spanish knowledge then also helped us to talk to the people.
- The Salsa course was a ball and we had great fun. I danced with Alexis who was very patient with me. What a brilliant feeling it was when I danced my first Salsa figures!!!!!!!!!!
- We would also like to thank you for the advice to hire a car for our round trip. We did not have any problems at all. Although there are not many road signs in Cuba, we did not get lost.
The only negative comments:
- The holidays were too short.
- I cannot stop talking about Cuba and my vacations. My collegues will be fed up with me pretty soon.
De nuevo muchas gracias y hasta luego.
Jennifer from London
I had a fascinating time in Cuba - I loved Havana and would definately
(though I want to learn some spanish first!). My dancing is much improved,
though I will never match the Cubans - they are fantastic dancers!!
Sylvain from Belgium
Just for let you know that i had a real good time in Cuba !
All ur organisation was perfect ! I have met many nice people !
My flat & my salsa classes was great !
I have a very good dancer partner and the teacher was very nice too !
Many Thanks for everything !
Gernot from Hamburg
The dance classes were lots of fun and Caruca is a really good teacher. The accomodation (at
Gisella’s)- recommended by Matthias - is worth it. According to my experience, rental
cars should be organised before arriving in Cuba. In any case, take quite a bit of Dollars with you,
they melt away.
Salsa and Movimiento in Cuba
Matteo from Rome
Movimiento is an excellent course!
Brent from Canada
I had a blast! I have no complaints. The dance instructors and partner where great
people, really loved what they did. This was no pamper the tourist thing,
they worked my fat butt off! It was great.
Marita and Tutta from Finland (Salsa, Movimiento and Afro)
dance lessons was great!! and teachers were very
professional. and also our dancepartners were great. we learn really much,
but need to learn more in future there is still much left to learn.
Antje and Frank from Germany
The salsa and movimiento course we booked was really good. The
movimiento classes were exactly what we expected them to be. Lisa is
incredibly temperamental and she knows how to make you get carried
away. One should really do movimiento. It is valuable for any dancer. Also
during salsa classes, all the Cuban dancers were great. Very friendly, always
punctual and in a good mood. The course quality was grade A+. As we got to
know a lot of workshops and many teachers at home, we believe that we can
rate the classes quite well. Especially Caruca and Alexis make you learn a lot
in a very short time. Their English knowledge is rudimental, but absolutely
sufficient for the classes. We would like to thank you for the good
organization and we will definitely recommend you!
Farouq from Kuwait
I had previously taken salsa classes in other countries, however after the Havana salsa experience, the other classes look more like 'Mother Theresa type dance secessions' ... too tame and holy!!
Francesca's mother from Canada
It was an incredible experience for Francesca.
The dance teaching was outstanding. I can't thank you enough for
your help in making her Wish come true. Her teachers and dance
partner were so professional and worked her very hard! Her wish
was to learn and she learned a lot! It is now her dream to
return to Cuba again one day and spend more time studying with
these amazing dancers. This week in Cuba was healing and happy
and wonderful. Comment: Francesca (15 years old) came to our programm with
a Canadian organisation which helps
children to make their dream come true ...
Bernd from Landsberg
It was great. Everything perfect. The dance school and
my dance partner were really patient and they tried to show me
everything that was possible for me to learn in the days I was there.
Gaye from Tokyo / Japan
I find myself wishing I could retake the course again. It was so much
fun. Thank you for organising everything for me.
I had the great pleasure to participate in the Salsa classes organised by you. The course is first class
and just anybody will get a sense of rhythm. Even apparently incurably tactless candidates are fixed
up by the patient dance teachers. I can recommend this course to anybody who brings along enough
energy to cope with two hours of daily classes. To me personnaly the two hours were not enough,
thus I took some more “classes” in Havanna nightlife. I can recommend the Casa de la Musica in
Vedado for the dance practice at night.
We had booked dance classes in Habana with Danza y Movimiento: five classes, 2 hours daily as a couple,
in order to learn the basic steps of salsa, mambo and merengue “the right way” and because we wanted
to learn more steps. The classes took place in a training hall, in a typical (not renovated) Habana
Vieja building. This was very attractive to us, because in this way we had direct contact with
the lovely Habañeros. Alex, our dance teacher, is one of them; an excellently trained dance
professional, young, very friendly and very exigent regarding the steps and movements. Systematically
(with warm-up exercises) he taught us the figures, he corrected us and he repeated everything.
His classes are uncomparable (I am thinking about the usual courses for tourists). We got a
“dance address” in Santiago from Danza y Movimiento for next year. We are already curious about
this next trip. We have become Cuba fans because of the attractive aspects of the island and the
musicality of the people there and their enthusiasm for dancing: “Que linda es Cuba!”
Christina Park, journalist, Irish Independent after some classes of “Movimiento”
It’s also fun to try it yourself. Danza y Movimiento offer classes on how to move like a Cuban: none of your arms-straight high
kicking damsha here. The shock of seeing what I actually looked like strutting my stuff in front of a wall-high mirror beside
a trained dancer nearly stopped me in my tracks, but after a stilted start I began to loosen up and move parts I didn’t even know I had ...
Spanish in Cuba
Karin M. from Salzburg
The Spanish classes with Mariam were absolutely genial, fantastic regarding the content and the human aspect.
James from California
The Spanish courses were wonderful. My teacher was amazing, and she gave me a
great introduction to not only Spanish but to Cuban culture. Please pass on my
compliments to the local administration on her professional performance. She was one of the highlights of the trip!
Burutay from Istanbul (Turkey)
I had finished my spanish study in Havana and returned back home. I went
there thinking that I was going to be a student in a class, but
it turned out to be an individual course. My teacher really showed great concern
and those two
weeks were very helpful for practicing my spanish.
Thank you for your help!
Åsa from Schweden
I had a great time in Cuba,
and I'm very satisfied with my teacher Mayra,
and the Spanish lessons we had.
Bernd from Fürth
I am back from Cuba and I would like to thank you for your organisation. The language course was
excellent and I would take another course any time and recommend it.
Percussion in Cuba
The classes were very intensive. I learned a lot from Ruy. A
wonderful experience - to be continued during my next stay in Cuba!
Christian from Berne (Switzerland)
An introductionary cours by Ruy Lopez-Nussa is somehow an overkill for a beginner! Yet Ruy is a patient and gifted teacher. He also introduced me to cubanese jazz concerts. I enjoyed his teaching and his dedication, as well as his experience.
Georg and Marianne from Österreich
Ruy Lopez ist a fantastic musician. We are happy that we could take classes with him. Beginners as well as advanced players and professionals receive learning aids and an amplification of the rhythmical horizon concerning Afro-Caribbean percussion and culture.
Karin M. from Salzburg
I got along really well with Ruy. He is a very competent, versatile, pedagocically skilled and very friendly musician, teacher and person. I can completely recommend him, especially for drummers who want to learn how to transfer traditional Cuban rhythms, which are normally played with percussion instruments, to a drumset. He is a specialist in that, and there are only few of them, as far as I know.
With mixed feelings, because we are quite a bit older than 20 and quite unsuspecting, we approach the house “de nuestro profesor” Ruy Lopez. And we don’t know yet that we will get private lessons by one of the star percussionists of the “Buena Vista Social Clubs”. The friendly atmosphere is a nice surprise as well as the kind, patient, methodically sensitive way of teaching of our gifted teacher with the little plaits. 2 hours daily, five days a week is quite exhausting (for the concentration and the hands), but in the end we are so enthusiastic about the proficient, thourough and many-sided classes that we also organise some “jam sessions” the three of us. My husband immediately buys a portable tumbadora (conga) in Havana.
P.S. No previous knowledge requiered, pero un poquito español y mucho entusiasmo.
Marriage in Cuba
Martina B. from Stuttgart
First of all, I would like to thank you for your commitment in general. I believe that the organization for our wedding in Cuba was not easy, and I would like to tell you that everything worked out just perfectly.
The absolute "vacation-wedding-highlight" was the honeymoon hotel on Cayo Santa Maria. The “best room” was booked for us and the three days were really magnificent. We can only recommend it.
The notary was extremely friendly and very reliable, she kept every appointment. She was very committed during the ceremony and she could not stop taking pictures ;-)).
This was the first German-German wedding ceremony she carried out. Nevertheless, the paper work wasn’t too bad.
After the honeymoon, we spent three days in Havana organizing the necessary seals for authentication and confirmation.
This was more difficult than we expected and sometimes a bit nerve-racking.
Thank you very much again for everything, I have already recommended you...
Accomodation in Cuba
Karin M. from Salzburg
The room was fantastic as well, very friendly people in my casa particular!
Alain from Bordeaux
I 've been especially very satisfied of the accomodation in Santiago,
the cuban family was really very great , very good services, the
room very clean and comfortable, the food also was very good and
Anja from Frankfurt
I am back from my trip to Cuba and I would like to thank you for this great experience. The accomodation
you had chosen for me was exelent and people were very friendly. Everything was organized
perfectly - I did not expect that in a country like Cuba. When I will ever travel again to Cuba I will do that with you!
German writes after traveling with his Salsaband
It was great. All recomendations you gave me before were like a goldmine. The acomodations were
exelent and everything organiszed very well. The musicians were happy and are more Cuba addicts
than they were before.
Matteo from Rome
We where hosted by a very warm and hospital cuban family. We had private bath and felt almost like being in an hotel, but without the "feeling in an acquarium" effect. The family was really very nice and hosted us with all the possible welcome and far beyond. We want away with tears flowing out of our eyes...
Christian from Berne (Switzerland)
Accomodation: The best part of the trip. The hospitality is very good. A very neat place, clean and tidy. Good room, very rich breakfast. I would recommend this address without any concern.