Dance! with Karelia

Develop your skills as a dancer, training with Karelia Despaigne.  Choose between any number of dances including Son, Casino, Timbaton, and AfroCuban or focus on specific skills that will advance your development as a dancer.


Train with Karelia Despaigne to develop your skills as a dancer. Choose between any number of dances – Son, Casino, Casino Fusion, Timbaton, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, AfroCuban Dances, and Rumba, or specific skills that will advance your development as a dancer.

All Levels. Various Cuban Dances
Interactive Course: 4-weeks
Language: Spanish, Basic English

Cost: $65 per month
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To begin training with Karelia, click on Start Course to register then follow the steps below

About Interactive Courses

This course is a Video Exchange.  You upload a short video introducing yourself and answering a few questions about your goals along with an optional video of you dancing. Then your instructor will put together a course for you and upload instructional videos over the course of the month. Any progress videos that you submit will allow instructors to continue customizing the course.

Introducing Jərnēs


  • 1 Warm up
  • 1 Intro Video Reviewed - Optional
  • 2-3 Instructional Videos
  • 3 Progress Videos Reviewed - Optional

Time & Commitment

  • self-directed practice
  • 3-4 weeks

Instructional Videos

Videos are compact, usually 3-5 minutes in length, each containing the about same amount of content you would cover in an online class but with the ability to pause and rewind and train when it suits you.

Real Places, Real People!

Videos are recorded in real life – from instructors’ homes, on the road while on tour, sometimes even on rooftops.  We value content and connection over big production.

Self-directed Practice

Your success is determined by your drive and dedication. We recommend setting aside 15-20 minutes 3-5 times a week to practice to make sure you get the most out of the experience.

Timeline & Access

After you complete the steps below, within 24-48 hours you will see your personal course available under My Courses in the website menu.  

You have access to the material for 30 days and can renew it to extend your training for a month at a time.



Karelia studied at EVA José María Heredia and graduated from the Professional Dance Academy with advanced training in dance instruction, performance, and choreography. By twenty-one, she was a soloist with the professional dance company, Folklorico Oriente. She went on to become a principle dancer with Sabor DKY and then founded Tierra Kaliente in 2016. Karelia continues to tour and teach internationally, having taught in 23 different countries.

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Course Includes

  • 3 Steps

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