Luis Armacanqui Bachata/On2 Workshops!


I’m so excited to announce that
Luis Armacanqui will be in Seattle and will be doing intensive workshops on Bachata and On2.
Luis has incredible style and musicality, and is a master of sensitive and efficient connection. He is also a percussionist and teaches classes in which he actually plays the instruments.
His area of expertise is so broad, he can teach anything from movement to partnering, but what he really loves to teach (that isn’t explored anywhere else) is teaching basic musicology to dancers and ways to apply that knowledge to their individual musicality. The end goal is to help students develop their own style on solid footing, rather than copying anyone else’s aesthetic.

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 3.41.54 PMThe series of Bachata workshops will be three sessions and will be held on Saturday 8/5 at 4pm,
Wednesday 8/9 at 9pm and Thursday 8/10 at 9pm.

The series of On2 workshops will be three sessions and will be held on Saturday 8/12 at 4pm, Wednesday 8/16 at 9pm and Thursday 8/17 at 9pm.

Cost will be $90 for the Series of 3 two hour workshops.
Limit 20 couples
first 10 students use discount code Luis20 to get a 20% Early bird discount.

If you want to take individual workshops, you can reserve your spot by sending a PayPal payment to or you can use Facebook payment to Michael Burton Cahn. We also accept cash and credit cards at the studio. Individual workshops are $35. PLEASE BE VERY SPECIFIC WHICH NIGHT/S YOU WANT TO ENROLL FOR! Thanks!

a) Discovering Bachata/Salsa Music – Learn how to identify the various musical cues and changes that guide our dancing, from something as simple as keeping basic time to matching the intensity of the music as the rhythms change. The ultimate goal here is to have you dancing as if you were another member of the band: fully “in the zone” and in harmony!

b) Partnering Technique & Movement Aesthetic – This course will cover not just technique, but how to be economic (spending less energy and cutting down on excessive and unnecessary movements) while developing a natural look and feel. There will be a thorough emphasis on technique for both leaders and followers, so even though some sequences may be used to reinforce instruction, the course will not consist of long, confusing patterns for leads and chants of “just follow!” for followers.

c) Musicality And Individual Expression – Here is where you can be playful and begin to develop your own style, backed by musical knowledge and control of your own body. Specific music selections will be explored, deconstructed, and ultimately expressed by you utilizing individual steps and fun body movements. As you get more in touch with these concepts, you will begin to find that ever-elusive “feeling” everyone always talks about!



Grab your Sundress & Sandals, Guayabera Shirt & Fedora or go All White – celebrate the summer – Cuban Style! Join us for the 2nd Annual HAVANA NIGHTS at Canvas Event Space!

HAVANA NIGHTS was a HIT last year, so we’re bringing it back! Bigger & better venue with more room for Old American car show, dancing, drinking, music and eating!HN mario rita and girls in car

Your Havana Nights Event Ticket includes:

*FULL CUBAN DINNER catered by Geo’s Cuban & Creole Cafe

Menu: Fricase de Pollo – CHOICE OF: slow roasted chicken or pork cooked in a succulent broth with potatoes, green olives, onions, peppers & capers.

Morros y Christianos – Traditional Cuban rice and beans with a savory blend of spices, peppers and onions.

Mini Media Noche Sandwiches – Sweet Cuban bread with sliced hickory ham, slow roasted pork, Swiss cheese, dill pickles and mustard. Pressed and served warm.

Mixed Green Salad

VEGETARIAN OPTION: rice & beans (contains NO meat or meat broth), Yucca Frita (a sort of vegetable french fry) with mojo sauce, Maduros (sweet plantains) and mixed green salad.

Geo’s will also have a little cafe set up, serving Cafe Cubana (Cuban Espresso) and sweets. (These are an additional cost, not included in your ticket.)

*ONE DRINK TICKET (Daiquiri, Mojito, Wine & Bubbly, Beer)


THE EXPERIENTIAL ROOMS: We’re recreating actual venues in Cuba to allow us all to experience a bit of Cuba here in Seattle:

THE TROPICANA CLUB – We’ll bring the world-renowned cabaret and club in Havana to life! Lots of lights and palm trees, showgirls and amazing music (and maybe a few mobsters). The band, SuperSones, will be playing traditional Cuban Son music (the roots of Salsa). There will be conga drum performances, dacners and Showgirls (voluptuous, cabaret sequin-and-feather musical theater!!). DJ Reinier will be spinning Cuban and other Latin dance music in between sets by the band. GET READY TO DANCE!

*EL FLORDITA BAR – Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years, and was the inspiration for the Hemingway Daiquiri (half the sugar and double the booze!) Daiquiri’s will be served in the El Flordita Bar – which will be decorated like the inside of the actual bar in Havana – and we’ll throw in some world globes; overstuffed leather chairs and lots of books!

*LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO – Another of Hemingway’s favorite haunts in Cuba; this is where he drank mojitos! which will be served only in this bar. We’ll decorate it like the actual bar in Cuba.

….and we’ll have an Ernest Hemingway look-alikeciga hanging around for photo ops and fun. (There is a bronze statue of Ernest in the El Floridita bar, so….look for our bronzed Ernie!)

*DJ spinning Cuban and Latin dance tunes – get ready to dance!!!

*OUTDOOR LOUNGE with music and congo drum performances throughout the night. Lounge furniture under tents, under the stars….warm summer breezes.

-Dominoes tables; play Dominoes with Cuban guys and your friends!

*********ATTIRE: There are several ways to show up:
-Bright colors (sundress & sandals, colored Guayabera (Cuban) linen shirt)
-All White Attire
-Cuban Mobster
-Shorts & flip flops are allowed, bathings suits with a cover-up.



-VIP RESERVED SEATING IN TROPICANA CLUB is $30 per person and gurantees you a seat in the club. Tables are 4-tops meaning 4 people can sit at each table. You may be paired with another couple or people you don’t know if you don’t have 4 in your party. There will be Cocktail Waitress service at these VIP tables only. VIP TABLES ARE LIMITED!

******Must be 21 or older to attend. Valid ID required.******