Maylena Chaviano

School Staff

Maylena Chaviano studied at the Instructors Art School in Havana Cuba, where she trained in contemporary dance, ballet, choreography, history of dance, and Cuban folklore. At age 16, she began producing events at the State of Havana level and was in charge of students at some of the most important art Schools, including ENA, Circus, and Escuela de Espectaculos.

Maylena has trained and performed at prestigious theaters in Havana City such as Teatro Karl Marx, Teatro Mella, El Gran Teatro de la Habana – Garcia Lorca, and Teatro America. She joined the Masacote team in 2011 and returns to Cuba periodically to continue her education in Afro-Cuban Folklore.

Notable Stages

– Carls Marxs
– Teatro Mella
– Garcia Lorca – El Gran Teatro de la Habana
– Teatro America
– Alabama State University Annual Gala
– Numerous International Salsa Festival Platforms

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