We are living in a time of changes. This goes also for our artists. In the run-up to the festival, we have unfortunately received a cancellation from announced artist Arlene Martinez. Nevertheless, we feel extremely lucky to be able to present the amazing, Cuban dancer and teacher, Leysis Smith. Some of you may remember her from The SalsaNor Rueda Congress 2017 in Stavanger. Then she was announced for Bergen 2019, but had an accident and could not attend.

We are therefore especially thrilled to be able to announce this fantastic artist, with the most beautiful smile and energy you can imagine, for Oslo 2022!!

Leysis was born in La Havana, and started her artistic career at 7 years age at the Alicia Alonso’s national dance school. Then she moved on to ENA (la Escuela Nacional de Arte), and after that she entered the world famous Tropicana’s artistic school, directed by Santiago Alfonzo.

She has danced for the Cuban TV ballet and many important theaters and cultural centers in Cuba, and she has performed together with  several famous cuban musical groups, such as Chucho Valdés, Maracas and Cesar Pedroso. Today she is living in Italy, training dancers and teachers on the five continents.

Make sure to join one of her workshops early at the congress; you will want more!