"Some people have natural talent, some have wisdom. There are those who have discipline, those who are demanding with themselves and those who are demanding with others. And then, there is Maiensy, who not only gathers it all but also knows how to transmit it with enthusiasm, inspiration, and passion. She is one of those people who shines with their own light, filling the empty spaces like no one else knows, radiating sensibility, spirituality and distilling positive energy all over. In sum, she is one of those few people who, once they appear into your life, you cannot be but grateful because you have found a treasure. After that, nothing is the same anymore."
- Estel Llobet, Barcelona
"Maiensy has incredible integrity and a depth of maturity and life wisdom that she brings to every encounter. She cares deeply about culture, humanity and the natural world and she is serious about walking her talk. Yet Maiensy also has that special spark of lightness—bringing playfulness, humor and warmth to every situation. I feel blessed to have her as a friend and teacher."
- Gail Hudson, Seattle
Author and Life Coach
"I have known Maiensy Sanchez for over 20 years and her dedication to the Arts in general, music and dance in particular, is stronger than ever. Her knowledge of Cuba and the Arts is so deep that she is my go to person any time I have a question relative to these subjects. She is always answering fast, in a precise way and manage to go further than my original questions which is a rare quality. She definitively helped me in numerous situations to have a clear understanding about the arts in Cuba."
- Gerard Schmidt, Paris/New York
Digital Content Strategist
"Around 20 years ago I met Maiensy Sanchez. The impression I received once I danced with her was extraordinary: she was so young and, yet, she knew how to dance Cuban traditional music. What a surprise!
Since then, I have been able to get to know her dedication to cubania, also, as a great human being, her humility and musical knowledge.
So, if you want to learn something good about Cuba or a Cuban representation, I recommend you Maiensy."
- Roberto Borrell
Master Teacher, Percussionist and Dancer
Second Generation of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, Cuba
"I started taking classes with Maiensy a few years ago when I moved to Seattle. When I started in Maiensy's body movement class, it's safe to say my body movement and control was ... lacking. With Maiensy's patient and encouraging approach to teaching I learned to move my body in a feminine, strong, and yet subtle way turning into a dancer that I never thought I could be. Not only is Maiensy a beautiful dancer herself, but she is also a musician and talented teacher who is able to convey the history, the feeling, and the movement and technique of Cuban dance. There is no one else I'd rather trust with my Cuban dance education than Maiensy and I will be forever grateful that I have had the opportunity, and continue to have the opportunity, to learn from her and grow as a dancer."
- Katie Brempelis, PhD Seattle
"Maiensy is a brilliant teacher passionately sharing the richness of her native Cuban music and dance. From the beginning she teaches how to listen and appreciate the complexity of the music and dance. With her deep knowledge of the body and movement, Maiensy is masterful at teaching her students how to dance in rhythm and from their core. You will fall in love with Cuban music and dance."
- Desiree Douglas, Seattle
Principal at Douglass Consulting Environmental Planning and Design Board President at Headstrong
"I met Maiensy in July 1999, and she became my instructor for Cuban dance classes. Long story short, it changed my life. She is an extremely talented teacher and performer. I am happy to recommend that you take her classes and enjoy the art of Cuban dance."
- David Cates aka DJ Baracoa, Seattle
Owner operator of Maverick Specialty Contracting
"I've learn so much from Maiensy! Her boundless passion to share her knowledge and her experience, and her focus on her students' understanding, has led to learning about Cuban history and cultural influences, Cuba's music history, AfroCuban styling, and musicality. The pride she takes in her art and her practice, and the care she has for her dancers' improvement helps me to continually refine my personal style and incorporate movements with a more authentic Cuban feel. I've learned so much from Maiensy, and I look forward to learning more!"
- Kenneth Temiyasathit, Seattle
"Maiensy is incredibly warm. She arrives to the studio with a smile and a gentleness. She always has something kind to say and exhibits a genuine caring for others. During her practice, I have always admired how she shows compassion for herself. At the same time, I see that she has a beautiful practice. Maiensy is fully integrated in her body – she is strong, soft and fluid, the epitome of grace. I feel she possesses all the qualities of a great yoga teacher: kindness, caring, compassion and dedication to the practice."
- Jodi Boone, Seattle
Ayurvedic Therapist, ERYT, Doula
"Maiensy is a loving human being with high integrity, critical thinking and a passion for life.
Her multicultural heritage, along with the depths of her trainings, gifted her with a visionary mind, a caring heart for the other and the world at large.
She is a keen observer and knows how to read the moment, rely on her intuitions and guide her students from that heart space."
- Cosetta Romani, Seattle
Shamanic Healer, Sacred Space Holder, Yoga/Dance/Meditation Teacher, Poetess
"Maiensy is a healer, teacher, and visionary. She brings a sincerity, integrity, and compassion to her service in the world in many beautiful ways. Her willingness to extend herself for others wellbeing is a strong and abiding force. She has an embodied devotion and reverence for spiritual life that is both inspiring and uplifting."
- Angelo Gatto, Port Townsend
Mentor, Healer, Rights of Passage Guide