Cuban born and raised, Yasmare Gonzalez Pi, is a dancer who moved to Bellingham, Washington in 2013 from Havana, Cuba. With Cuba’s culture so deeply rooted in music, and dance everywhere one turns, its no surprise that Yasmare was drawn at an early age to the rhythms around him and started dancing at the age of 16. He began learning in the streets and was soon discovered and taken under the wings of some of the most respected dancers in Havana with whom he learned such dance styles as Salsa Casino, Son, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, and Rueda. He soon started dancing professionally with various groups in Cuba including Ache Caribeño and participated as an assistant instructor in several editions of Cuba’s most renowned dance event, Baile en Cuba. In 2011 he co-founded his own dance group in Havana, Pasion Latina. Up until the time he moved to the U.S., he worked with CNSEA (Centro Nacional d’ Superacion Para La Enseñanza Artistica Ministerio de Cultura) giving dance instruction of popular Cuban dance. In 2014, Yasmare started Cubasere Dance, to share his love of Cuban dance with the community of Bellingham and its surrounding areas.
Now that he is here in the Pacific Northwest, Yasmare wants to continue sharing his knowledge and passion for Cuban dance. He believes Cuba itself is a great “school” of dance and music and he wants to share his knowledge and experience with anyone with an interest to learn. The unique blend of traditional dance methods infused with the “sabor” from the streets is what sets Yasmare’s style apart from the usual. He remembers well what it feels like to be a student and he strives to teach in an approachable style. His goal is that his students leave feeling satisfied and more importantly that they have fun, because that is what dancing is all about, having fun and being able to have an outlet to artistically express oneself.