Originally from Santiago de Cuba, Yamil has been dancing since he can remember. Before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, he was a professional dancer for almost 5 years with Ballet Folklorico Cutumba, one of Cuba’s top Afro-Cuban dance and music ensembles. With an extensive repertoire based on authentic music and historically researched dances, Cutumba is a leader in its field and has toured internationally on numerous occasions. Prior to Cutumba, Yamil danced with la Ceiba and Sangre y Tradicion dance companies in Santiago as well as other dance groups for over 15 years.
Since his arrival in Scotland 4 years ago, Yamil has been teaching at Dancebase (Edinburgh), the National Centre for Dance for Scotland; DanceHouse (Glasgow); Rumba Latina (Aberdeen) and various venues around the United Kingdom. He has featured as a guest tutor at the Dublin Salsa congress in 2009; Pontins Blackpool in 2008; the Scottish Salsa congress Edinburgh in 2009, 2011 and 2012; the Roots of Salsa in Manchester in March 2013; Afro-Cuban weekender in London in March 2014. Yamil has also successfully run dance workshops all over the UK, and performed at many events and special activities, including weddings, conferences and corporate activities. His characteristic energy, big smile and Cuban warmth radiate to everyone who sees him dance!