12 feet tall on the streets of Havana Every day a group of performers take the streets of Old Havana by storm. Dressed in colorful costumes, they dance to the contagious rhythm of the conga. On their daily route, these colorful street performers stir the city into action. They’re like a wakeup call, a reminder that this is Cuba. The actual conga—the show—lasts barely minutes, but some people wait for it all day. Trumpets and drums arouse locals and visitors from the drowsiness caused by the relentless sun. The sound is contagious. The children need no invitation and dance along with the stilt-walkers. Adult Havana dwellers do not lag behind, as well as many tourists who dance along with the Habaneros. The group was born on the street and is today a social reference of their art. They have shared their experiences seeking to keep the work they do alive. They train constantly to ensure that all the members of the group master the art of stilt-walking, and have also taught the rudiments of this technique to over 50 people. The stilts were the trigger for their first street performances, but over the years, they have included other acts, like juggling with balls or clubs, skills with fire and clowning. Managing to turn passersby into audiences, drawing attention to their art, making use of different spaces and transforming obstacles into mediums for their theatrical performances implies a constant artistic enrichment as well as great challenges. The group has grown in the street, from the street and for the street and this is undoubtedly one of its strengths. This delightful stilt character is a wonderful tribute to the unforgettable Carmen Miranda. Fun, sassy and full of moves, this tropical star will liven up any event! Carmen brings a giant handbag filled with Samba sounds (she actually has a built-in sound system in her handbag) as well as a repertoire of other Latin American classics. An interactive walkabout that will add Latino flavor and fruitiness to the air and get your party started! Havana Stilt Dance is one of special things in Old Havana you shouldn’t miss.