The Santa Amalia Project house was our next visit in Havana. Those senior salsa, rumba dancers were amazing people full of energy and great dancers. In a room the size of a normal living room with the front door open wide we all circled around the dancers to watch them partner up to dance to the wonderful Cuban jazz recordings. A couple even tap danced on the burnished wooden floor. The age range was 57 to 85 years old. These dancers are truly Cuban treasures. Like the sweet faces of the Cuban children, these elders winked magical expressions from their wrinkle defined faces as they escorted us around the room to dance with them! The ladies were dressed in flowing dresses and had their fans waving and the gents had their Cuban hats on. It was a scene straight out of a movie! The hostess could speak English and lead us through various dance steps. She was a Chiquita in a tight dress and high heels and brazzy short red hair. The ceiling and walls were covered in historical memorabilia that the elderly lady owner of the house proudly displayed, posters, newspapers, art, photos and a collection of beer and rum bottles perched on shelves. We were graciously served rum punch on the covered porch for our parched throats after laughing and then belting out Guatanamera (Cuba’s beloved unofficial national song…that tour guides don’t want to hear one more time…Danny) at the top of our lungs! We hugged and kissed the seniors adios and they posed on the front porch for a classic group photo that visually will live in my heart forever.
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