Artist, cultural promoter, and entrepreneur, Jose (Tito) Cardenas Rodriguez, is originally from Havana, Cuba. In 2009, he settled in Montreal where he continues his career. He founded the Academy and the Titosalsabor Dance Troupe to promote Cuban and Latin culture.
Tito trained at Conjunto Folkloric Company at the University of Havana before taking numerous workshops and courses at important cultural and educational institutions under the tutelage of prestigious professors from Cuba and abroad: Omayda Garcia, Farouk, Servando de Gutiérrez, Gregorio Hernández, Daysi Villalejo, Domingo Pau. In addition to his artistic training, Tito obtained a degree in economics, a diploma in sociocultural anthropology, a diploma in artistic direction and production of stage performance, and a certificate in international business management at HEC in Montreal.
To date, Tito has over 25 years’ experience as a dancer, teacher, and musician in folk ballet at the University of Havana. He is currently director and musician with the Reflejos group; director and cultural promoter at the University of Havana’s House of Students; producer of dance and music performances. He also teaches courses and workshops at universities in Zurich, Mexico, and Nicaragua, and teaches at the Zab Maboungou / Nyata Nyata Dance Company (Montreal). Throughout his career, Tito has participated in many important events such as the Folklore World Festival in Mexico (1993) and the international television program, La Movida with Télévisa (1990). His artistic career has also earned him a number of awards and distinctions: Medal of the 260th Anniversary of the University of Havana, Grand Prize at the Festival of Culture University of Havana (1988, 1989, 1994, 1996), along with many others.