All Dance Trance students and the general public is invited to attend this event. This year’s tour will be in Miami and will include Dance Trance and an exceptional guest choreographer line-up. You can do as little or as much with the group as you like. The agenda is posted just as suggestions to socialize with our group. Invite your friends and family to come join us! New hotel options are listed below that are very close to all our events. We hope you will join us on this adventure into Miami and Little Havana!
Date: July 27-30, 2017
Location: Miami, Florida – Brickell District
Hotel: Many available
Dance Space: The Fillmore, Jackie Gleason Theater
The last day to register for any of the events for our group is Tuesday, July 25th, so register now to save your spot!
*All purchases are non refundable and non transferable.
Please take time to review all information on our agenda listed below. There is A LOT to do in Miami so choose things that interest you and your group. You can do as much or as little with us as you like. Our hotel is booked out but there are many other hotels in the area and some are cheaper rates. Find a bargain and come join us!
MAKE PURCHASES FOR THIS TOUR:
You can still join us for a weekend of fun! Check out the hotels below for great rates and pick any of these hotels to be close to all our events. Most are within a few blocks and some may provide free transportation. Miami does have a free transportation system and Uber is an extremely easy way to get around that is cost effective.
We hope to see you at SUGAR on Thursday night for the meet and greet! If you book a hotel, please sign up for the dance package so we will have you on our roster. Have questions? Call Beth at 904-571-7984.
HOTELS NEAR EAST: Click to go to website. Check for last minute deals and specials.
All of these are very close to all our events:
SLS Brickell $$$ – Swanky. Third night is free.
JW Marriott Marquis
Hyatt Regency Downtown
EPIC Hotel – A Kimpton hotel and one I would recommend. One of the best restaurants in the city is located inside along with an awesome spa. Pool is fab.
Alton Brickell Downtown – cheapest option. Starts at $119.
Air & Travel
Reservation for Ball and Chain Little Havana Event
Guest may come and hang out at the bar if they don’t want to dance.
Dress is fun club wear.
Catamaran Cruise Reservation
Saturday July 29th 6-8PM
Fun sunset tour around the bay on board the Caribbean Spirit.
Make sure and bring cash on-board. Credit cards not accepted.
$35 per person
Click here to purchase
Please tip the staff.
What to Bring
- No outside alcohol may be brought on board.
- We reserve the right to resell your seat if you have not checked in at least 15 minutes prior to posted departure time, and you will not receive a refund due to your being late.
- You may bring your own food in small soft sided coolers. No wheeled or large coolers
- We do not recommend bringing infants under 12 months on this trip.
- Children under 30 lbs must bring their own life jacket with them (these are inexpensive and available at stores such as Target, Walmart, West Marine…)
- Please bring a towel – and a smile!!
- Cash only accepted on board, no credit cards.
Check in information
- We are located at 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. We are at the Bayside Marketplace and Marina behind the Hard Rock Cafe on the ocean side. Please allow plenty of time to park.
If you get lost, please call the Miami office at 305-744-1344 or 305-744-1355
Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure to check-in. We reserve the right to resell your seat if you have not checked in at least 15 minutes prior to posted departure time, and you will not receive a refund due to your being late.
Parking at Bayside Marketplace is $10, except during Special Events when it will vary.
Please note: only cash accepted onboard the boat – no credit cards.
Culinary Tours (Little Havana or Wynwood Walls)
Take a tour. Enjoy food tours throughout the city’s most celebrated neighborhoods.From Cafe Cubano to Peruvian Ceviche, we bring you everything South Florida’s culinary communities have to offer as well as the culture and tradition behind those doing the cooking.
We are offering the choice of two tours, Little Havana or Wynwood Walls. Both are extraordinary. Sign up early, they are a limited number of slots. Both take place on July 28th at 11:30 AM. This is a private group tour for the Groove Tour participants.
Little Havana Tour $69.50 (limited to 30 people)
Taste authentic Cuban cuisine while learning about Little Havana’s culture and heritage. The Little Havana food tour explores the rich history and culinary delights of a vibrant neighborhood.
Taste authentic Cuban cuisine and listen to the stories behind those doing the cooking.
Learn about spiritual beliefs the community practices including Santeria.
Visit a cigar factory, explore Domino Park and The Cuba Ocho Art Museum.
SAVOR ONE OF THE BEST BITES IN TOWN
Enjoy a picadillo-stuffed empanada at one of the oldest restaurants in the area. Filled with rustic charm and graced by a
large illustration of Cuba across the walls, this establishment forms part of the daily routine of most Little Havana locals.
El Pub Restaurant
ENJOY CUBA’S FAMOUS DRINK
This place isn’t La Bodeguita in Cuba, Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, but the drink at this local Taverna is as close as you can get without a passport. *We also serve virgin drinks
Ball and Chain
Located next to the historic Tower Theatre, this restaurant is painted with music memorabilia from Cuba’s glorious past. Become acquainted with an authentic Cubano for a true, old Havana experience.
Old Havana Restaurant
“MUST HAVE IN LITTLE HAVANA” – by The Travel Channel
This dark, potent liquid is Miami’s everyday fuel. Similar to an espresso, this ultra-sweet and revitalizing shot of energy is a Cuban staple found at a local famous ventanita.
At La Ventanita
Baked daily at Yisil Bakery, this guava ( guayaba ) pastelito filling is smooth, light, not too sweet, and incredibly flavorful.
THE ISLAND STAPLE
Indulge with a glass of refreshing guarapo and enjoy a brief education of the various exotic tropical fruits found in South Florida.
Los Pinarenos Fruteria
Made with abuelita’s secret recipes and combined with a modern, latin flair, the mantecado ice cream will cool you down from Miami’s “sunny disposition.”
Azucar Ice cream
Food Restrictions: We fully cater for vegetarians, gluten and dairy free diets.
Wynwood Food & Street Art Tour – $69.50 (limited to 30 people)
A New Curation of Art, Cuisine & Culture in Wynwood
Dine your way through our favorite local restaurants in one of the largest open-air street art collections in the world! Leave the tour with a much greater appreciation and understanding of artists such as RETNA, Ron English, Aiko, NUNCA and many more.
Savor the cuisine of some of the most talented chefs in Wynwood.
Hear the stories behind the creation of Wynwood, its history, and the people who helped create the largest outdoor museum in the world. Discover massive and enchanting murals, visit galleries, and learn about the different styles of graffiti art.
TASTING & LOCATIONS
CONTEMPORARY MIAMIAN CUISINE
As you bask in a modern patio, treat yourself to modern fusion cuisine. The delicious and artistic plate before you embodies Miami’s global gastronomy.
GK Bistronomie Restaurant
ART & NEW WORLD CUISINE
Enjoy the chef’s most famous dishes that showcase a contemporary approach in a mouth watering marriage of new world flavors.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
DELICIOUS ORGANIC SUPERFOODS
When you walk into Dr Smood you feel like you just walked inside someone’s board straight out of Pinterest. You will love the ambiance and be amazed on how much flavor they pack on the raw, vegan, dairy and gluten free – and of course, all organic tastings we’ll enjoy here.
Dr Smood – Wynwood Organic Cafe
ZAK THE BAKER ( Certified-kosher seal of approval )
What started as a small Kickstarter project is now a place with the longest lines in town – but you won’t have to wait with us. You’ll have the answer to your wildest cookie dreams; crisp on the outside, fudgey and gooey in the middle, bursting with intensely dark chocolate flavor in every bite.
Zak the Baker
That pop of the cork and rush of bubbles in a delicate flute will make anyone smile and even though this is where we say our goodbyes, the spectacular art pieces at this secret gallery lounge is so inviting that you’ll maybe want to stay for another round.
Wynwood Gallery Lounge
We fully cater for vegetarians, gluten and dairy free diets.
Reservations for El Tucan Cabaret Dinner & Show
Saturday night July 29th 10:30 PM
El Tucan Cabaret and Dinner Show
$114 per person ($85 plus tax/tip)
El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience. It is a modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transporting revelers to the bygone era of glitz and glamour.Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the venue features a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, bringing international bands, as well as renowned and emerging DJs from around the world. In addition to an eclectic musical lineup, El Tucán houses a resident 11-piece Latin orchestra, curated by Two-Time Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and producer Marlow Rosado, that is reminiscent of the big bands from the jazz eras of the 40s and 50s.
Food is also a mainstay at El Tucán, featuring luxe libations crafted by Bar Lab, the brilliant minds behind Broken Shaker, while serving up Latin American inspired tapas to share. The intimate, theater-style venue is also open late night on the weekend so partygoers can continue fêting after-hours.
Rate is $114 per person for show and 4 course dinner. All other beverages sold separately.
CLICK HERE to sign up
Registration closes July 19th, but if you want to go last minute call the venue to see if you can get a ticket.
We encourage all of our guests to fix up and look sharp by coming in cocktail attire or formal wear. Please note: Casual attire such as flip flops, t-shirts or beach wear will not be admitted. This is showbiz, kid!
Purchase Dance Classes
DANCE CLASSES OFFERED
Please register now for classes below. Additional classes may be offered closer to date. Some classes have smaller maximum limits, so register early. All updates and changes to the schedule will be uploaded immediately, so check back often. No refunds are given on class packages. *All purchases are non refundable and non transferable. Students will be mailed wrist bands for entry. You cannot enter the venue without your wristband. Wristbands will be sent out the first of July via mail to the address registered.
July 28th – Friday
Salsa Class with Ball & Chain dancers – Little Havana
Meet us at Ball & Chain 5 PM for a fun Cuban experience. We will start off with dynamic salsa lessons from the B&C crew followed by Happy Hour and lunch (not included) immediately following. Bring your best Cuban attire… we might just rock this all night! Band starts at noon. Click here for menu. Click link below to register:
JULY 29th – Saturday
Half Day of dance at the Fillmore ($135-$155)
This is the bomb daddy! Get in a Dance Trance class with the National DT Crew and choreographers along with Miami style classes from our favorite “So You Think You Can Dance” dancers, Carlos Garland & Peter Sabasino. Class is limited to 100. The Fillmore is iconic concert venue in Miami. Just to be able to dance here and feel all the emotion and talent that has been on this stage is a life changing event. Enjoy fabulous lighting and sound of the Jackie Gleason Theater.
All Dance Trance students from around the nation, their friends and the general public are welcome to attend. Tickets are sold for half day only. All sales are final. Wrist band will be mailed out to you asap. We do not divide up classes, you must buy the complete package.
Please arrive before 9:30 AM. All participants must go through security. You may bring snacks, towels and water to store in the backstage room.
10 AM – Dance Trance Jam Session ~ extra long
11:45 AM – Carlos Garland (So You Think You Can Dance)
1 PM – Peter Sabasino (So You Think You Can Dance / Slam the Floor)
You must have a wrist band for entry. If you sign up late, please contact Beth at 904-571-7984 and I’ll arrange to get a band to you.
Sign up now – Only $135
The story of The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater began in 1950, when Golden Era Legends graced the stage of The Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium. Guests came from around the world to watch such shows as song and dance performances, comedy or even the occasional boxing match. Sometimes, the real performances were in the seats – Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Jack Benny were regular visitors to the auditorium and often caused quite a stirring.
With the television boom in the 1960s, shows such as The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants were often filmed in the auditorium. In 1964, the city of Miami Beach offered Jackie Gleason the opportunity to film his show here. Mr. Gleason agreed to move his show to sunny Miami Beach, where he declared: “Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world!”
In the 1970s, having been renovated by Morris Lapidus and renamed Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts, it became a regular stop for touring Broadway shows including: Gypsy (starring Angela Lansbury), Timbuktu (starring Eartha Kitt), Carousel (starring Robert Goulet), and West Side Story (starring Debbie Allen).
Performing arts took center stage in the 1980s with memorable performances by pianist Vladimir Horowitz, Itzhak Perlman, and Rudolf Nureyev. Broadway productions included: My Fair Lady (starring Rex Harrison), Sugar Babies (starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller), and Cabaret (starring Joel Gray). In 1987, the City of Miami Beach recognized Jackie Gleason’s contributions to the community by renaming the theater, The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts.
The 1990s saw the birth of the theater as both a great theatrical and performance center (Rent, Phantom of the Opera and Riverdance), as well as a concert hall – drawing such shows as Marc Anthony, El Puma and the Gypsy Kings, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, Seal, and Lenny Kravitz.
In 2007, the theater was again reborn, undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation. Operated by Live Nation, the future of the music business, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater showcases the biggest names in live entertainment. Steeped in rock ‘n’ roll history while maintaining cultural relevance, our theater passionately combines the rich tradition of the Fillmore Experience with the energy and passion of Miami Beach.
The Fillmore Miami Beach offers a robust stage presence with audio equipment and visual lighting to match the passion of our visiting performance artists.
Register now for what you want to as a group! Some events are limited and may fill up. We have found some really exciting adventures for you here in Miami. You may do as much or as little as you like with us, but we encourage you to take Miami by storm. It’s an awesome city with a hot, spicy vibe.
Thursday July 27
4 PM Meet & Greet at SUGAR on top of EAST Hotel.
This is a hot spot so make sure to make it before 5 PM in order to not have to stand in line. It gets really crowded for Happy Hour. Dress is swanky Miami, so look good and show off!
Sugar – 40th floor rooftop bar and garden, offers cocktails and Asian tapas. Relax and watch day turn into night as you take in the panoramic view overlooking the downtown Miami skyline and surrounding waterways below. Click here to visit their website. They do not take reservations.
The cabaret show canceled their Thursday night shows for the Summer so we have that on schedule now for Saturday at 10 PM. Instead, we we will be hitting up dinner following happy hour:
Dinner Plans: Quinto La Huella – In EAST hotel
Be ready for something exceptional. Make a reservation for 7:30 PM. You can book via open table by clicking here. Or call: T +1 786 805 4646 / E firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their website at http://www.quintolahuella.com.
Offers a unique fire cooking method with a wood parrilla centered at the heart of our kitchen and includes a wood fire oven, sushi counter, and outdoor dining experience. Our menu is a blend of carefully planned, but simple dishes made with the best ingredients. www.quintolahuella.com
Click here for menu options.
Friday July 28
8 AM Breakfast
9AM Yoga & Stretch class TBA if room available.
Put on a cool outfit for our tour of Little Havana. We are really excited about this one. This is an old Cuban neighborhood so will give you a different perspective on Miami and the culture that started this great town. Booking link coming soon.
11: 30 AM – Culinary Tour of Little Havana or Wynwood Walls Art District. Walking tour. Includes food and DRINKS. Skip lunch, this tour includes enough food to get you through the day. *Registration required, sign up below. Tours are limited to 30 people each. Prices vary for each tour.
Shopping at the new and trendy stores of Brickell City Centre.
Click here to check it out! Walking distance from hotel.
1-3 PM Pool Party and happy hour at EAST before heading back over to Little Havana.
5 PM Salsa lesson followed by Happy Hour at Ball and Chain. Salsa lesson requires registration and is limited to 50 people. Only $20 each. Click here to register.
Cuban Music and old town Havana vibe.
Only 3 miles away from hotel.
Salsa Lesson ($20)
Food and Drinks – additional
Saturday July 29
7:30 AM Rise and Shine.
Grab coffee or juice and a light breakfast.
Leave hotel by 8 AM. Take Uber to The Fillmore, Gleason Room.
Address: 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
We will post code for FREE Uber ride if it’s your first time using the app. Ride is approximately $10.
Dance Trance starts promptly at 9 AM at The Fillmore. You will need to Uber up to this location. Plan on 30 mins to get there on time and get a spot for class. You must have a wrist band to enter the event. There are no exceptions.
Bring: Bag with snacks, water, towel, YOGA MAT and change of clothing. We recommend you plan on staying in the area for lunch or to shop on Lincoln following class.
Dance Class Schedule:
10 AM Dance Trance
11:45 AM Carlos Garland (SYTYCD)
1 PM- Peter Sabasino (SYTYCD)
If you sign up after July 24th, please call Beth at 904-571-7984 so we can meet you with a wrist band for entry.
Return to hotel to get ready for our Catamaran Cruise
Make sure and arrive 45 min early at the dock for the 6-8 PM Catamaran Boat Tour of South Beach. You can pay at the dock, cash only if you have not registered.
Credit cards are not accepted. Cash only. Wine $4, Beer $3 on board.
10:30 PM El Tucan Cabaret Dinner & Show
Dress to impress. Meet us at the bar before seating.
Click Here to register
What is it? El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience. It is a modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transporting revelers to the bygone era of glitz and glamour.Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the venue features a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, bringing international bands, as well as renowned and emerging DJs from around the world.
Sunday July 30
Have Breakfast before you leave. If you are feeling festive, head up the beach to the NEWS CAFE. It’s an iconic part of South Beach and great for people watching.
Post your pics for us on social media and tag @dancetrancejax and #dancetrance #groovetour2017. Life is a party!!