Welcome to our third edition of the Deakocan Dance Festival!
27-30 July 2018 Sopot, Poland
It’s our great pleasure to welcome you to our world of dance & music. There is so many amazing festivals available for you to choose from and you have lots of great options. So how do we want to create an unforgettable weekend for you and have you join us? This is YOUR festival from the heart!
Stunning polish riviera filled with dance, music, sea, sun, fun & AGUAAAA! 😀 an amazing and unique location, renowned seaside resort, exciting fusion of styles and world famous artists and djs with crazy energy, who are waiting to party Deakocan (just check our artist and djs section 😉 ) Live concerts and shows on the beach, ongoing beach parties and many many other surprises 😉 This is the recipe for the perfect weekend and awesome summer memories.
First ever festival in this part of Poland! Let’s bring the Caribe and Latin flavour to our beautiful polish beach. Fusion of Latin rhythms and dances, fiestaaaaaaaaaa de corazon!
Don’t miss it, come and join the fun!
We hope to see you all there 😀
Osbanis & Anneta
Deakocan Dance, was born in London in 2009, it was created by Osbanis Tejeda & Anneta Kepka by merging their talent, experience & passion for the dance & the music. The name Deakocan Dance has a deeper meaning, and it is more than it meets an eye, in Yoruba, the Afrocuban language, ‘deakokan’, means ‘de a corazon’ – from the heart. They thought that this name perfectly describes what is the most important for them in teaching, choreographing and performing, it is to feel everything you experience in music and dance, and to dance from the heart. Deakocan Dance school became the foundation, of now growing Deakocan family with popular Deakocan Bootcamps in London, special Deakocan Dream dance holidays in Cuba and the latest project of opening the Deakocan Dance school in Cuba, Havana.
Osbanis and Anneta are London based internationally renowned artists, teachers, choreographers & performers. They share between them World and UK Champion titles. Osbanis and Anneta’s fresh and unique dance style perfectly characterizes the fusion of Cuban dance. Their focus is on the importance of musical interpretation, in addition to incorporating Rumba & Afrocuban movement to Casino. Osbanis and Anneta teach and perform all around the world, featuring 5 continents and over 30 countries, as well as at their ever-popular regular classes in London.
Their aim to share their love of Cuban dance and inspire dancers to always dance from the heart. Their infectiously passionate personalities and warm hearts make every class with them enjoyable, meaningful, very inspiring and will definitely leave you hungry for more! Their personalities perfectly complement each other and this is evident on the dancefloor. Their flawless performances are full of excitement and enthusiasm for both the music and the dance, and are certainly not to be missed!
They are your host and are here to serve you, knowing the cuban and polish hospitality you know you are all in for an amazing weekend full of fun and sabrosura 😉 you will not want to leave the floor 😀 get ready mi gente! Sopot va estar caliente! Fiestaaaaaa… Playa, Playa, piscina, piscina and the rest te lo imaginas! AGUAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
Look at this amazing bundle of talent and energy that we are bringing you. Our brothers and sisters from other mothers…. And fathers 😉 our weekend family that we share our journey with and love spending time together, which you will be able to see and experience 😀 Not only they are passionate and devoted to their art but also have truly special personalities. Always open and excited to share their knowledge, passion and put fire to the dance floor.
This inspirational people will help us make this weekend unforgettable and full of joy! Join us to experience the magic of our crazy energy mix and our friends Deakocan, simply from the heart.
Ps. There is still many more of our hermanos and hermanitas that can’t join us this year but watch out for the years to come! The Deakocan family is big and powerful 😉
What can we say? Get ready to rock the floor cause this guys will keep you up dancing all day and night long! They know how to perfectly mix the music to keep the energy levels up, so expect the floor filled with lots of happy faces. The recipe with many spices to guarantee the parties filled with amazing dances, magical ambience and satisfaction.
The perfect balance and fusion of rhythms, get your shoes ready ladies and gentlemen! 😀
Live music is the key let the rhythm take you away to the hot sands of the Caribbean islands!
OSBANIS & ANNETA
We are your host and we are here to serve you, knowing the cuban and polish hospitality you know you are all in for an amazing weekend full of fun and sabrosura you will not want to leave the floor get ready mi gente! Sopot va estar caliente! Fiestaaaaaa… Playa, Playa, piscina, piscine and the rest te lo imaginas! AGUAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
Osbanis Tejeda (Cuba) and Anneta Kepka (Poland). London based internationally renowned artists, teachers, choreographers & performers. They share between them World and UK Champion titles. Osbanis and Anneta’s fresh and unique dance style perfectly characterizes the fusion of Cuban dance. With Osbanis’ rich knowledge and background as a well-respected Cuban musician, their focus is on the importance of musical interpretation, in addition to incorporating Rumba & Afrocuban movement to Casino. Osbanis and Anneta teach and perform all around the world, featuring 5 continents and over 30 countries, as well as at their ever-popular regular classes in London, with the aim to share their love of Cuban dance and inspire dancers to always dance from the heart. Their infectiously passionate personalities and warm hearts make every class with them enjoyable, meaningful, very inspiring and will definitely leave you hungry for more! Their personalities perfectly complement each other and this is evident on the dancefloor. Their flawless performances are full of excitement and enthusiasm for both the music and the dance, and are certainly not to be missed!Find out more
GABY & ESTEFY
EUPHORIA DC JOSE & NEREA
Whether teaching a dance class or performing one of their creative routines, Euphoria Dance Company, have made it their mission to leave you Exhilarated and Enthralled by bringing alive the joy of music to others.
They perfectly succeed in their mission come and see it yourself at Deakocan Dance Festival 2017, they had everyone bouncing off their seats after their terrific show last year. Their participation in the line-ups, animations and social dancing adds more fire to the dance floor
Milan Italy is home to Euphoria Dance Company. The Dance Company was formed by Jose “La Salsa” Diaz in 2012 to bring a revived new feel to Mambo On2 in Italy. The company reflects the influence of New York Style On2 dancing with its creative interpretation and strong sense of musicality on stage. Their goal is to present a unique and diverse performance style but still maintain the classic roots and essence of Mambo. Artistic Director Jose “La Salsa” Diaz teaches his unique style of Mambo with an energetic Dominican Street Style of dancing. His incorporation of multiple turns, spins, turn combinations, counter turns, sudden breaks and change of directions will leave his audience elated and wanting to see more. His passion for dance allows him to interpret musical rhythms through soulful body movements and intricate turn patterns.
Jose Diaz, began his dancing career in 2006 under the direct supervision of Osmar Perrones, director of Yamulee Dance Company. He has traveled both Nationally and International performing with Yamulee Dance Company. When not traveling he served as an instructor at Yamulee Dance Studio as well as dance instructor at a local Elementary school in the Bronx. Jose launched his professional solo dance career in December 2011 and has teamed up with Nerea Perez of Milan Italy to begin the next phase and journey in his salsa endeavours.Find out more
PEDRITO & GIUSY
Fredy Garcia Batista, better known as FredyClan, studied at the ‘Escuela Nacional de Arte’ (ENA) and at the ‘Instituto Superior de Arte’ (ISA) in Cuba and graduated each as best of the year.
Since then he has been working as a dancer and choreographer for various productions in theatre, television, film and music in Cuba and in many other countries all over the world.
Many well-known names of Cuban and international artist highlight the path of his career. Compay Segundo, Oscar de León and La India to name just some of them.
Amongst others Fredy also worked with La Charanga Habanera and Bamboleo. Performing as dancer as well as organizing the shows as choreographer he participated in many of their national and international concerts.
With Alexander Abreu, the band leader of ‘Havana d’Primera’, Fredy studied arts in Cuba. Since then they are like brothers and so they always enjoy working together as they recently did on tour with ‘The Bar at Buena Vista’. Besides this Fredy also has a successful career as a teacher.
Concerts, workshops, courses, festivals or congresses, one student or 100, absolute beginners or professionals – he does not want to decide what he likes more. Each type of lesson is a different kind of challenge and requires its own special methodology of teaching. To see the students having fun and to observe their progress, fills him with pride and gives his work meaning.Find out more
YULIET ESTRADA LINARES
Dancer, dance teacher, choreographer born in Havana, last year at Deakocan Festival ignited us to dance and did not let even the rain ruin our fun, but to turn it into a magical set of one of the classic dance movie scenes. Euphoria, energy and power is by far the best description of his personality Rafael will be with us again this year, join us and experience the same energy and his inspiring, creative personality.
His dance career began at age of 13 when he enrolled in the prestigious dance school, the Cuban School of Art- ENA (Escuela Nacional de Arte). Strict rules and structure of dance training enabled him later to continue his studies at ENIA (Escuela Nacional de Arte de Instructores). At the same time training at Compania de Danza Teatro Nacional de Cuba, National Cuban Theatrical Dance Company, directed and choreographed by Narciso Medina.
Studying parallel in both schools and trained in various disciplines continued to study classical ballet, modern dance, folklore and Cuban traditional and popular Cuban dances. He has appeared on television programs and video clips (Carlos Manuel, Dan Den, etc.) performing in many theatres in Havana and cultural festivals.
In 1995, he decided to settle in Italy and in 1997 he had a chance to meet Alberto Valdes, who recognized his potential and took him under his wings. Rafael discovered his power and charisma and gained love of the audience and his students. He lived in Milan, where he developed his own style and went on a revolutionary new path of his career.
In May 2000, together with Fernando Sosa decided to create a group Tropical Gem Dance Company. Group quickly soared to the top of the international salsa scene and today is one of the most well-known salsa groups in the world. Thanks to its innovative and original style, it was actively invited to all salsa congresses and festivals, also appearing repeatedly on Italian television.
In 2008, following his own independent path he opened a dance school in Milan, but still was working as a choreographer alongside Fernando Sosa and Tropical Gem Dance Company. In 2011 Rafael, together with his partner created their own individual project Fusion Caribe.
You have a chance to take part in his workshops and have fun together until dawn in Sopot on this year’s festival DeakocanFind out more
JULIAN MR M
MC- Master of the ceremony
Very well-known entertainer and established instructor, his emphasis is to ensure all students have a great time whilst learning to dance. An animated and cheerful time is guaranteed when Rohan is around. He can make all your worries go away and always bring a smile on your face His happy and energetic personality is contagious.
The master of the ceremony always ready to warm you up to party and warm the cheers for the shows. Also, he is definitely a king of the dancefloor, having plenty of moves for all dance styles.
Rohan is an extremely good dancer and teacher in many different styles. Besides bachata and kizomba, he is also a great teacher of Cuban salsa, son and chachacha. One of his specialties is salsa with one man and two women, in which he with a great sense of humour guides students through exciting workshops.
Rohan comes from Jamaica, has been travelling the world and today he is living in England, where dancing and teaching salsa, has been a huge part of his life for many years.
He was first exposed to music and dance from the very early age of 1 yrs old. Being the son of an avid churchgoer, (his mother) and reggae promoter (his father), who was also an atheist, meant that he had no escape from music and dance, singing and expression. He enjoyed the way the church music, worship and dance all went together and the way in which it made you want more.
On the flip side, his dad was an entrepreneur and promoter of the big reggae bands so, there was always reggae music and people around the house. He equally enjoyed the dancing and the deep sounds of the African drums and the rumbling bass line.
It was whilst he was working in Puerto Rico setting up a development programme that he had his first encounter with the dance that seduced him with its rhythms, hypnotised with its breaks and of course the deep rooted African drums.
Since then he worked on Cuba holidays, international salsa congresses, learning programmes, documentaries and movies and became director of the salsa events.Find out more
JACENTY & MARIKA
The front pair of Polish dancers represents and combines everything that you need. Sensitivity and sensuality with Latin energy and temperament. Looking at them, you get the impression that they live music. They simply breathe it.
With charm and charisma they can provoke a desire for dance in everyone. Renowned for their enthusiasm and passion for dance, but also for real life, they are the owners of a school called Embassy of Dance which promotes fun and crazy lifestyle with the motto: “Let’s Rock Salsa” and “Every day create your life with passion! Because this is your life”.
They are addicted to Mambo, Pachanga, Boogaloo, Cha Cha Cha.
Come and feel their passion!!!
DJ Mauri is recognized as one of the leading and most requested salsa DJ’s in the world. His DJ-career began in 1996. Since then, his DJ career has sky rocketed to include being the head DJ of some the biggest-salsa parties in Holland, the resident DJ of various congresses across the world, and the compilation of various salsa CD’s.
He is often asked to oversee parties and concerts when prominent salsa artists are visiting Europe and has DJ-ed next to bands such as Los Van Van, Manolito y Su Trabuco, Jimmy Bosch, Eddie Palmieri, El Gran Combo, Los Soneros del Barrio and many others. He has successfully managed the appearance of legendary bands like El Gran Combo for concerts in Amsterdam and Greece.
DJ Mauri’s style varies from New York Salsa-Dura to Cuban Music and 50’s and 60’s Mambo but he is equally comfortable playing other genres.
His signature is his amazing ability to read the crowd, knowing when to play the right salsa grooves and when to switch it up to other genres to keep the crowd pleased and entertained. He is a favourite among event organizers, dancers and music-lovers for his talents as a DJ, his integrity with his work and his sociability.Find out more
DJ JOSE LA SALSA
DJ JULIAN MR M
JOSE TORRES AND HAVANA DREAMS
Havana Dreams is the band specialising in traditional Cuban music. A similar composition and sound can be heard on the streets of Havana where they charm all visitors of the island. Music that has many emotions – joy and energy combined with nostalgia.
Listen to the band’s sound just click on the button below
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LIVE PERCUSSION BY FCLAN
A young and powerful Cubaton band, a fusion of highly talented musicians and dancers – their first music production! So far in the Latin American world of music this concept is unique. What we know from the United States, Great Britain and also Germany is that the so-called boy bands, which not only impress through their music but also by their presence and relatively professional dance performances.
With the professional arrangement of musicians and dancers they offer to the audience the perfect symbiosis of acoustic, optical and interactive experience. Modern sounds rhythms, fresh sincere lyrics, hot trendy movements, smart likeable personalities – it’s the entertainment to follow just by enjoying it.
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More to be announced… watch this space ;)
- Friday 27.07.2018
- Saturday 28.07.2018
- Sunday 29.07.2018
|19:00- 21:00||Registration, festival's office @ Dom Zdrojowy|
|22:00-24:00||Registration, festival's office @ Sheraton Sopot, Conference Center and Spa|
|20:30- 22:30||Official festival opening, live concert of JOSE TORRES & HAVANA DREAMS @MOLO|
|22:30- 4:00||Welcome Party- Party on two dance floors: Caribbean Flow, AfroBeat flow|
|10:30||Registration, festival's office @ Sheraton Sopot, Conference Center and Spa|
|16:45- 17:30||MERENGUE class @ MOLO for all participants, a family bonding session with OSBANIS & ANNETA and invited teachers :)|
|17:30- 20:00||DEAKOCAN BEACH PARTY|
|21:00||The door open for Deakocan Night Gala. Festival's office and tickets sales|
|22:00- 23:30||Deakocan Night Gala with shows from invited guests and international artists|
|23:30- 4:00||Gala Party- Party on two dancefloors: : Caribbean Flow, AfroBeat flow|
|10:30||Registration, festival office @ Sheraton Sopot, Conference Center and Spa|
|13:20- 14:00||1h lunch break with spontaneous MOLO UNPLUGGED performance, animations and djs @ CUBA LIBRE /parallel ongoing classes in Mojito & Piñacolada room.|
|16:30-16:45||Battle time @MOLO, WOODEN PIER, where we will resume and show off what you have learned in the last session of the day and record the class finale for your homework|
|16:45- 17:30||RUEDA DE CASINO @MOLO class for all participants, a family bonding session with OSBANIS & ANNETA and invited teachers :)|
|17:30- 20:30||DEAKOCAN BEACH PARTY @ MOLO with animations and surprise unplugged music session|
|22:00- late ;)||DEAKOCAN AFTERPARTY, let`s see how much energy you have left ;)|
The new location of the festival is Sheraton Sopot, the venue situated by the polish beach, right in the heart of Sopot, on the iconic longest wooden pier in Europe, in the morden and renowned conference space of Sheraton complex.
Hotel Sheraton Sopot is situated directly by the beach and Sopot Pier, only 200 yards from Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street (Monciak), Sopot’s main street, which is full of shops, bars and cafes. It is a very special and all time favourite part of the city, which will also become a new home of Deakocan Dance Festival 2018
Get ready for another unforgettable edition, right in the heart of the city, in a unique surrounding of the attractions of the seaside resort.
If you are travelling from abroad please visit Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, which is the closest airport.
You’ll find a Gdañsk Tourist Organisation information point, car rental desks and ATM machines when you arrive in the airport.
From the airport
A train service connects the airport with the three cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia although a change of train may be involved. For more information see the the PKM section of our Getting Around chapter and check train times at rozklad-pkp.pl/en.
If you want to catch a bus (210 to Gdansk, 122 to Sopot and 4A to Gdynia) you will find the bus stops directly across the road as you leave the terminal.
A taxi from the rank in front of the terminal will cost you about 60zl. Incase of group bookings you can contact us directly in order to arrange the taxi or mini van pick up to your chosen accommodation.
Look for a hotel with the special Deakocan offers 😀 We have a selection for any pocket. From luxury apartment on the beach with the stunning sea and beach views to the economic, easy accessible locations and close walking distances. If you can’t find an appropriate accommodation please contact us for an additional advice. We also recommend you to check some internet booking pages like Airbnb, booking.com or hotels.com.
HOTEL MOLO- Stay in the heart of Sopot
It’s a brand new 3* modern hotel, offering spacious & beautifully designed rooms. A very good, close by location in the city centre. Located right in the heart of many amenities: cafes, bars, restaurants, shopping centre, National Rail Station and SKM train station station- Sopot Główny (Sopot Center)
About 10 min walk through Monte Casino street to the beach and 15 min to festival’s location Zatoka Sztuki.
Hotel Molo is a modern facility located in a prestigious and vibrant resort: the Town of Sopot.
Every modern and bright room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk.
Located at the famous Bohaterów Monte Cassino street, colloquially called “Monciak” in the Polish language, just a ten minute walk to the Sopot pier and beach, the Hotel is a combination of modernity and tradition of this splendid Polish resort.
The Molo Hotel`s windows overlook picturesque Sopot tenement houses with their beautiful verandas or modern building of Sopot Centrum mall.
CONTACT US AT DEAKOCAN@GMAIL.COM TO BOOK YOUR ROOM ON A LOCKED- ATTRACTIVE PRICE 😀Visit website
AMAZING CLOSE BY ‘EXOTIC’ ACCOMMODATION
Great summer holiday cottage, exotic and unusual choice for a salsa festival- original and unique opportunity to create our own little salsa village 😉 no neighbours to bother! Location within the walking distance from the event venue, close beach location, what more can we ask for in this brilliant price range.
Summer houses accommodating up to 4 ppl , 27m2 – 2 rooms (living room & bedroom) bathroom with the shower + outdoor terrace 18 m2.
The living room equipped with: sofa bed, fridge, sink, TV, dishes, cutlery, kettle, bed sheets & covers, and coffee table. Twin bedroom, with two single beds that can be joined in to one double bed facility. On each outdoor terrace garden furniture set provided- 4 chairs and table. All we need for relaxation and battery recharging.
The café is available on the location, and amazing Pierogarnia, pierogi restaurant, typical polish culinary, polish dumplings.
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DWOREK ADMIRAŁ- charming residence by the beach
The nearest hotel to the venue, just a minute walk from the beach and max 5 min walk to the festival’s venue Zatoka Sztuki. Newly refurbished hotel, very cosy and friendly, 24h bar for the hotel’s customers. About 10 min walk to the city centre and its vibrant bars, restaurants & shops.
Dworek Admiral offers intimate atmosphere, friendly service and imaginatively decorated rooms. The architecture and ambience of Dworek Admiral reflects the real character of Sopot. Hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi.
Dworek Admiral is located in a beautiful park next to the beach. Sometimes all you can hear in this tranquil location is the sound of the waves. Still, most of Sopot’s attractions, including the Aquapark and Monte Cassino Avenue, are within easy walking distance.Visit website
WE CAN ALSO OFFER BUDGET PRIVATE APARTMENTS FOR RENTAL for more info contact us by email