Kati Hernandez welcomes drop-ins at her rumba intensive. Revered among L.A. Cubaphiles, Hernandez teaches weekly "Oricha Therapy" at Downtown Dance & Movement, as well as community salsa jams and workshops from Leimert Park to San Francisco. But today it's all about la rumba, the "soul of Cuban music," and "la clave" — the key — of Latin dance. Live music, history and nuanced expression make it a cultural experience, explains Cuban-born Hernandez. For the full immersive experience, bring a handkerchief or scarf, which has its own curious folklore in this slyly salacious courtship dance. Open to all levels.
You plan to see Havana before it's paved with Starbucks and Hiltons — but please learn to dance a little first. Ebullient Afro-Cuban choreographer