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Center for Creative Education
Stone Ridge, NY

The Director, Robert Mann, organizes educational trips to Cuba and visits to the US by Cuban artists. Check their website at

www.ccedrums.org

CCE periodically brings members of the group Cutumba, presenting the folkloric manifestations of Afro-Franco-Haitian-Cuban origin found in Cuba’s eastern provinces, to the US. Contact CCEdrums@aol.com

A number of trips are available on their web site, www.ccedrums.org

CCE Study Tours to Cuba, Winter and Spring 2002

Due to the dramatic decrease in interest in trips abroad, we have scaled back our offerings for 2002. Apprehension is certainly understandable but the security on the flights to Cuba was already very high before 9/11 and the country itself is one of the safest places in the world to travel. Our Board of Directors and staff discussed this all at great length before deciding to continue with the following offerings:

January 5-19, 2002 Folkloric and Religious Dance and Music in Santiago with departure from Montreal, Quebec ($1,995)

January 26 - February 2 Salsa Dancing in Havana ($1,595) All Havana trips leave from JFK and now have better flight times - Saturday afternoon departures with return the following Saturday at noon.

February 16-23 Salsa in Havana

February 23- March 2 Salsa in Havana

March 9 - 16 Special sessions with Cutumba in Santiago led by Jim Lepore. We are still working on flights for this but it will depart from the DC area or Miami

CCE was asked to put together some trips geared to more general interest so we have arranged two tours with a bit of dance and music and lots of history.

March 15-23 Cultural/historical tour of Havana and Trinidad ($1,995)

March 29 - April Architectural/cultural tour of Havana and Trinidad with 5 star accomodations, the works ($3,500)

We are still working on our website (www.ccedrums.org) but you should be able soon to access all the latest information and download registration forms, etc. Or get us your address and we will mail this to you.

We are always happy to answer any questions, so please give us a call at845-687-8890 or email us at CCEdrums@aol.com

Best wishes,

the CCE staff

Bandera & Isaac to visit US, Fall '00

Cutumba's Idalberto Bandera Sido (director) and Maura Isaac Alvarez (principal dancer)  will be here in Sept/Oct 2000.

We are in the process of setting up residency programs for them now. Our two study tours this year are called Ritmos Afro-Cubanos. The dates are December 30-January 13 and January 13-27. The trips are presented under the auspices of Artes Escenicas and UNEAC. The focus of the trip is an intensive study of the music and dance of Oriente Province. The Ballet Folklorico Cutumba is considered to be the premiere exponents and teachers of this tradition. We will get you a link to our website once it is completed but in the meantime, we can be reached via email or at 845-687-8890 or mail - 3588 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484.

December 2000 - January 2001: Ritmos Afro-Cubanos

Ritmos Afro-Cubanos
December 30, 2000 - January 27, 2001

Trip Fact Sheet

The Center for Creative Education, Artes Escenicas de Cuba and the Union de Escritores y Artistas Cubanas have joined forces to create a unique learning experience for students of Afro-Cuban dance and music. The classes will be taught by the very best artists of Oriente Province in the capital city of Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city and the birthplace of son and the Cuban Revolution.

The cost for the trip is $1,995.00 for two weeks. This includes round trip airfare from Montreal to Santiago to Montreal, transport to and from the airport, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), breakfast and dinner, all classes, day trips and local transportation, Cuban visa, and full-time translator/guide. We will be staying at the Hotel Rancho Club, a lovely, small hotel with a pool, a large patio for dancing and special events – a great place to relax after a day of classes.

We will be holding two two-week sessions: December 30- January 13 and January 13-27. The first session is being organized by Jim Lepore, dance professor at George Mason University and will include classes in son, salsa, rumba, folklore and Yoruba.

The second session will have a distinct focus each day of class:

Week One: Folklore Week Two: Yoruba

Monday – Gaga Eleggua

Tuesday – Congo Occhun

Wednesday – Vodu Yemaya

Thursday – Tahona Chango

Friday – Palo Arrara

The daily class schedule is as follows:

7:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-9:50 Song Class (we will learn the song to that day’s dance)

10:00-12:00 Dance and music classes

12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30 –2:15 Lecture on the origin and history of that day’s dance

2:15-4:00 Dance and music classes

4:00 Return to hotel/free time

6:30-8:00 Dinner

9:00 Activities at Rancho Club and in town

 For more information, contact CCE at 845-687-8890 or at CCEdrums@aol.com.

January 2000: Ritmos Afro-Cubanos

Ritmos Afro-Cubanos
January 8-23, 2000

Trip Fact Sheet 

The Center for Creative Education and the Union de Escritores y Artistas Cubanas (UNEAC) have joined forces to create a unique learning experience for students of Afro-Cuban dance and percussion. The classes will be taught by the very best artists of Oriente Province in the capital city of Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city and the birthplace of son and the Cuban Revolution.

The cost for the trip is $1,895.00. This includes round trip airfare from Montreal to Santiago to Montreal, transport to and from the airport, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), breakfast and dinner, all classes, day trips and local transportation, Cuban visa, and full-time translator/guide

Our schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 8 – Depart from Mirabel Airport, 7:15 PM- arrive Santiago 11:20PM

Sunday, January 9 – A day at the beach

Monday-Friday, January 10-14– Classes

Saturday and Sunday, January 15 & 16 – Optional excursions and free time

Monday-Friday, January 17-21– Classes

Saturday, January 22 – Another day at the beach

Sunday, January 23 – Depart Santiago at 12:50 AM- arrive Mirabel 5:05 AM

There will also be optional excursions and special events in the evening.

The daily class schedule is as follows:

7:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Classes in Spanish and local history

10:00-12:00 Dance and drum classes

12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00-2:00 Song Class

2:00-4:00 Dance and drum classes

4:00 Return to hotel/free time

6:30-8:00 Dinner

9:00 Activities at Rancho Club and in town

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the trip. Call us at

914-687-8890 or email us at CCEdrums@aol.com.

The Instructors

Idalberto Bandera Sido

Idalberto is the lead dancer and choreographer of the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba. He has been dancing professionally since 1976 and teaching since 1980. Idalberto is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Afro-Cuban dance and has toured and taught throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Not only is he an accomplished performer but he is an exceptional teacher as well. He will be assisted by other principal dancers from Cutumba.

Felix Navarro Navarro

Felix is the lead percussionist for Cutumba. He has written two books on Afro-Cuban percussion that have been published in Germany where he teaches twice a year. Felix grew up in a household of percussionists and is extremely knowledgeable about all forms of traditional drumming. He has extensive training in pedagogy, giving him a very structured approach to teaching. The focus of the classes will be to train drummers in accompaniment of dance classes. We will spend the first week learning the various rhythms for each dance and the second week actually playing for the classes.

Tour Leaders

Carlos Labrada

Carlos is a doctoral student in language at the University of Santiago. He has served as translator and coordinator of many visits to Santiago by English speakers.Carlos is handling all arrangements for us in Santiago and will be with the group on a daily basis serving as translator and tour guide.

Robert Mann

A composer/percussionist and educator, Robert is Director of the Center for Creative Education and the Stone Ridge Center for the Arts. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Central and South America, and is fluent in Spanish.

About the Hotel

We will be staying at the Hotel Rancho Club, a small hotel on a hill overlooking the harbor. There is a nice swimming pool and a large cabana for relaxing at the end of the day. The hotel bar offers live music most nights. The rooms are simple and clean with a very courteous staff. Rooms have television, air conditioning and solar-powered hot water. The hotel has a spacious dining room and serves typical Cuban fare. We are arranging for a special supplement for vegetarians.

Cuba Travel

Our trip is being handled by Voyages Tourex, a Montreal-based company with extensive experience arranging travel to Cuba. We will be flying on Air Transat, the largest charter company with flights to Cuba. As you probably know, travel to Cuba is restricted by the U.S. government. The charter company will provide Cuban visas and we will help you with getting a permit from the Treasury Department. You will need a valid U.S. passport for entry into Cuba.


Registration Form

Full Name (as on passport) _________________________________________________

Mailing Address __________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip ____________________________________________________________

Home Phone __________________________ Work Phone ________________________

Fax Number ________________________ Email Address ________________________

Passport Number and Citizenship ____________________________________________

Expiration Date ___________________ Date of Birth ____________________________

Emergency Contact: Name_________________________________________________

Work Phone ___________________________ Evening Phone _____________________

Hotel rooms are double occupancy – there is a single room supplement of $175.00.

Please let us know right away if you want a single room.

Do you have a roommate preference? ________________________________________

Special Dietary Needs _____________________________________________________


Fees

Basic Program Cost: $1,895.00

+ Single Room Supplement (if desired) __________________

Total Fee ______________

- Deposit (due with registration) $300.00

= Balance Due _______________ 

 

Limits of Liability/Cancellation Policy

Limits of Liability

I, _________________________________________, understand that I am responsible for making, obtaining and securing all travel arrangements to and from Montreal. Furthermore, I understand that the Center for Creative Education (CCE) acts only as an agent for the passenger in regard to ground transportation and all other related travel services as stated in the program description and thus assumes no liability for injury, delay, irregularity, loss or damage to person or property or additional costs resulting directly or indirectly from: acts of nature, detention, weather, failure of any means of transportation to comply with schedules, quarantines, strikes, civil disturbances, theft, government regulations related to customs, immigration, violations of law or trade embargoes, change in transit or living accommodations over which it has no control. I understand that reasonable changes in schedule or prices may be made at any time when deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the participants. I understand that CCE cannot accept responsibility for the property of or personal illnesses or injuries to any program participant. I understand that CCE only provides guidance and assistance with the U.S. Treasury Department license for travel to Cuba as well as with submission of any application materials for licensing that may be required. I also understand that such assistance does not guarantee receipt of license for travel to Cuba as this is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Cancellation Policy

I understand that my deposit is not refundable. I understand that for cancellations made sixty (60) days prior to departure, total payments made minus the $300.00 deposit will be refunded.

I understand that for cancellation between fifty-nine (59) and ten (10) days before date of departure that 50% of the program fee (including single room hotel supplements) will be retained by CCE.

Furthermore, I understand that for cancellations nine (9) days or less before date of departure that 100% of the program fees (including single room hotel supplements) will be retained by CCE.

I understand and agree to the terms as stated above in regard to my participation

Signature ______________________________

Print Name _____________________________ Date __________________

Return with deposit of $300.00 to: Center for Creative Education

3588 Main Street,

Stone Ridge, NY 12484

 

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