Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Noche Cubana Sat. June 13th

Get ready to kick off the summer with San Diego's 

best Cuban music & dance party!

This family-friendly event is a fun-tastic experience for all ages.  

Take your Complementary Salsa Lesson,  

Dance the night away to the All-Star sounds of

Saoco Son, 

Kimba Light


  Direct from Havana, Cuba,

Los Hermanos Arango!!!

Dine authentic Cuban Cuisine

and tasty Mojitos

(Dinner & Beverages available for purchase)

SAT. JUNE 13th

7pm - 11 pm

WorldBeat Center
2100 Park Blvd  (Balboa Park)
San Diego, CA. 92101

$15 Advance Tickets Online 

$20 At Door (Day Of)

Children 12 & Under Free

Click Here To Purchase Advance Tickets 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

NOCHE CUBANA, Sat April 11th

Enjoy a night of authentic Cuban Music, Dance & Culture.  Featuring Live Performances, FREE Salsa Class included, hot Cuban bands, Saoco Son and Kimba Light, non-stop dancing & entertainment!  All ages event.  Children 12 & under Free.  Delicious authentic Cuban cuisine & beverages available for purchase.

Sat. April 11, 2015
7-11 pm
WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. SD, 92101 (Balboa Park)


$15 Online
$20 At Door


Two Bands = Twice the Music = Twice the Fun!!

. . . AND

Take a look at what's on the menu for Noche Cubana

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cuba Libre!!! Sat. Feb 21st

WHAT:  Come experience a night of Cuban Rhythms w/Drumming & Dance!  Featuring authentic sounds of Mambo, Cha-Cha-Chá, Son (which gave birth to Salsa), Rumba and Roots Afro-Cuban.  There will be informal line-dancing and some fun guided dances for anyone who wants to participate.  Tasty Cuban treats, including yucca & plantains and traditional Mojitos at the bar.  In Cuba, we call this type of party a "peña."  Juan Carlos Blanco is a Master Drummer & Dancer from Habana, Cuba with over 30 yrs. of professional & authentic experience.  This is a great opportunity for the community to experience a real Cuban Peña without leaving San Diego!


WHERE: The Brass Rail
3796 5th Ave.
SD, CA. 92103

$3 Mojitos & Cuba Libres / 21+

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Sunday Series: Merengue Haitiano!

Series taught by Juan Carlos Blanco

What: NEW Series! Merengue Haitiano
Cuban Percussion & Dance Classes
When: Sundays 
12pm - 1 pm Cuban Percussion, Cost: $7
1pm - 2pm Cuban Dance, Cost: $7
Where: WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, SD 92101
*No previous experience necessary. Classes can be taken individually or both

Students will learn to play and/or dance Merengue Haitiano in a fun ensemble setting. Drums Available.
Come learn the roots of Merengue in this fun series!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Harvest Fest African Dance Wkshp Sat Nov 15

Saturday, November 15, 2014

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Centro Cultural de la Raza

2004 Park Blvd, SD. CA 92101

Cost: $25

Join us for a celebration of the harvest season with an invigorating dance class that will work your body and feed your spirit this holiday season.  Harvest Fest African Dance Workshop will alternate between West African & Afro-Cuban dances that tell stories of daily life traditions and will be accompanied by Live Drumming!  Workshop taught by Juan Carlos Blanco & Suzanne Forbes-Vierling.  All levels & abilities are welcome.  *Please arrive early for registration. (No checks accepted)
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Experience the movements, Feel the energy, Be transported, Let yourself go!


"If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing"     - African Proverb      

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Noche Cubana Sat. Nov 1st!

Noche Cubana
Saturday, November 1st
7-11 PM
$15 cover
Children 12 and under FREE
Enjoy a night of San Diego's best Cuban Music & Dance entertainment, authentic Cuban cuisine, and
Cuban-style dance party!
World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd, SD, CA. 92101 (Balboa Park)
Featuring music & dance performances by:
Rueda de Casino by San Diego Rueda Casino &
Encinitas Casineros
Live Cuban Band Warapo
Omo Aché's "Fantastic Five"
"El Puro"
Cuban-style dance party featuring a FREE Cuban Salsa lesson (free-style/no partner required) taught by Master Dancer Juan Carlos Blanco. Dance the night away to the best in Cuban classic & contemporary hits!
Cuban Cuisine by Las Criollitas
Mojitos, Ice-Cold Beverages & more by World Beat Café


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Sunday Class Series!

Sundays, August 31st - September 21st

Percussion: 12 - 1 PM

Dance: 1 - 2 PM

$7/each class

World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd, SD, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)


Learn to play and/or dance Rumba Columbia, an Afro-Cuban rhythm & dance derived from African & Spanish traditions.  Accompanied by this dynamic rhythm, the dancer demonstrates their agility, strength, confidence, even sense of humor while always maintaining a strong connection to the drum.  The drummer must also maintain a connection to the dancer's spontaneous changes in movement whenever they occur.  Classes are taught in a fun, ensemble setting.  All levels are welcome - No previous experience needed.

Taught by Master Artist Juan Carlos Blanco