Kerry Ribchester

Kerry is a qualified dance lecturer and Hellerwork practitioner combining Structural Integration, Body Centered Psychotherapy, hands on myofacial tissue release, and movement education which she applies to teaching Afro- Cuban Dance and leading conferences in Body Confidence at work.

B.A.Ord. Dance, Post Grad' Laban Centre, Goldsmiths. 
Distinction in Movement Analysis. Awarded Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship to research Dance in Brazil for 14 months.

Studied with Juan de Dios Escenarte and Raices Profundas in Cuba for the last 20 years.Director of Key2Cuba ,The leading Salsa Holiday to Cuba, and has led over 100 trips to Cuba.

Qualified Hellerwork practitioner / Structural Integration. Studied BMC in Italy and Holland with Lenora Grubigner and Patricia Bardi for seven years. Qualified DES / UKA professional teacher status. She has lectured in Dance at Brunel and Limmerick universities. 

Winner of the top UK Salsa teacher in 2003 and at GBSEX 2008 and 2009. Director, producer and choreographer of award winning Key2Cuba videos with Bamboleo, Los Van Van , Alexander Abreu, Havana de Primera, and Maykel Blanco featuring Maykel Fonts .

Danced alongside Madonna in Evita. Cuban music consultant for the movie Street Dance 2. Taught Salsa 121 with Frank Skinner, Rula Lenska, and Kylie Minogue.

Awards.
Kerry 's company Key2Cuba have won the Best Dance Holiday Company.
Best video clip with 'Me Mantengo' with Los Van Van.
Best video ' Al final de la Vida ' with Alexander Abreu.
Best Latin Tour operator in the U.K. at the Lukas awards .
Life time achievement award in Dubai . 
Won best UK Salsa teacher in 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Kerry is the first foreigner to win a Lukas award in Cuba. Her work has been featured on BBC 1, BBC2 ,ITV, Channel 4, and has been featured in the Times, Telegraph,Guardian and Dancing Times. Evening Standard,

Kerry was the Cuban music and dance correspondent for the international Radio Show with Del Salero on Back2Back FM, and leads Master Workshop's twice a month at THE PLACE in London and at Salsa festivals around the U.K.
She has a Heller-Work practice and teaches 121 Salsa, in London and leads four holidays a year to Cuba with Key2Cuba. She also leads conferences in Body language and communication skills for corporate teams and was the Body Mind leader at Breakthrough Global for ten years. She now leads workshops for women , 'Body Confidence at work.'

Tele 00447767313168
Email info@Key2Cuba.com
www.Key2Cuba.com


Key2Cuba is a boutique, dance-focussed, premier holiday provider to Cuba. Our mission is to create inspirational Cuban experiences that are centred around the extraordinary cultural life of a unique country. Kerry’s artistic history and sensibility has opened amazing connections with the artists, musicians and dancers and this special relationship, unique to Key2Cuba, is at the heart of the Company’s ethos and goals; to create an unforgettable holiday experience that brings joy, fun, expansion and that really feeds the soul.


We are interested in the finer and deeper aspects of Cuban dance, not standard package holidays. We love to make your Cuban Dream holiday come true!


Looking back we have a lot to celebrate .

1989 Created my first Latin Festival in London with Rene Lee and Dongo Montiero, Festa Brazil .( Filmed on sky tv ) and performed Lamabada with Kaoma on ITV.1999 , with Silvia Bazzereli brought the first Batizado of Capoeira to our following festival.

1990; Opened Club Brazil with Rene Lee and Ze indo ; The first club to teach Salsa and Lambada before the club, with myself , Nelson Batista, Lovely Luis Libres, and DJ Ara .

1997 First visit to Cuba to perform in a Dance video.

1998 Produced the video' Salsa from within' and first began teaching in Cuba. Danced in the film Evita, alongside Madonna. 

1999 Began teaching Cuban dance at THE PLACE studios, where I still teach.
1999 Began leading Salsa holidays to Cuba with Havanatur, then a few years later opened a joint holiday with Dance Holidays. 
2002 The first Key2Cuba holiday was born and Cressida and I ran the first Cuban Pontins, despite a back lash .

2003 officially opened KEY2CUBA as a limited company, with the support of Angela . 

2003, 2008 & 2009 - Won Best Salsa teacher by Salsa UK and GBSEX.

2007 Ingrid, Rohan and Amanda with the dancers lead a holiday while I give birth to my beautiful Cubanito son Harrison Octavio. 

Taught Salsa to Kylie Minogue.

2010 We win best video, and then are disqualified (cause i'm English ) best video with Bamboleo & the amazing Tania Pantoja http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7ZrwNhm8-Y

2011 WINNER best video with Van Van, and Yanet Fuentes T and best UK tour operator/ Holiday company. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4vxMphA1R4 )

2012 WINNER best dance video with Maykel Fonts and Alexander Abrue as voted for by the Cuban people and second place a best tour operator in the UK. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCt6SpaRQrw ). 


2013. Cressida and I create another Cuban Pontin's. 

2014/5 We film a new video with Maykel Blanco , Maykel Fonts and Yunaisy Farres in Havana.

So this year I am celebrating
25 years teaching Cuban Salsa 
20 years of being of leading and creating holidays in Cuba.
15years of giving Hellerwork treatments and combining the information I studied in BMC and a structural integration into my dance workshops and corporate training. 

13 years of being director of Key2Cuba enabling me to create a dancers dream holiday in the most inspiring Dance and music culture in the world .
CUBA ! 

A successful company is not however it's awards, certificates, logos, it's the energy and love of the people behind it .

I have been so blessed with such a fabulous team and so many friendships, extra- ordinary moments and fun.
I now look forward to another decade of more magic. 

www.Key2Cuba.com