For the first time in 32 years, dancers from the El Tropicana de Cuba will dance in the United States. Fittingly, the performance will take place at the newly opened El Tucán cabaret in Brickell. The venue looks and feels like a modern version of the famous supper clubs of the 1950s and 60s. The timing couldn’t be better as relations between the US and Cuba are finally defrosting and travel back and forth is getting easier than ever. For this event, the dancers are coming as part of a cultural exchange with Cuba that brings 15 dancers on a world tour that will kick off in Miami.
The Creative Director of El Tucán is thrilled about the troupe’s arrival saying, “It is an honor to host El Tropicana de Cuba on El Tucan’s stage. As a Cuban growing up away from home, I have always endeavored to build a bridge with the country and its culture. What better way than doing this through the power of dance and music?”
In his long history, the Tropicana’s stage has hosted artists such as Edit Piaf, Rosita Fornes, Celia Cruz, Olga Guillot, Carmen Miranda, Nat King Cole, Liberace, and Pedro Vargas. Although the American headlining acts stopped after the revolution, the club continues to delight audiences to this day with its famous dancers and “house band,” and is considered a national monument.
The show will go for three exciting nights, kicking off on December 31st. The New Year’s Eve show will run $450 per head, including dinner. Upstairs seating is $350 and general admission, $90. The later shows to be held on the 1st and 2nd of January, will be a tad less precious going for $250 for dinner and a show, upstairs $190 and general admission $45. The dancers will then head on a multi-state tour of the US.