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Now that Cuba is more accessible to Americans, it may be easier for us to understand life on the island—not from photos of the Castro brothers or Hemingway’s fond reminiscences of mojitos that flowed like water, but from contemporary Cubans who’ve spent their entire lives there. One such group of Cubans who tell the stories of their homeland is the Malpaso Dance Company, which formed in 2013 and combines elements of modern dance with the Latin styles that developed on the island, like rumba, cha-cha, and salsa, giving their performances the lively feel of a night at a Havana club. At its Dance Place performance, the company will present the D.C. premiere of a new work by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado set to music by Arturo O’Farrill. The electric and sensual arrangements will leave you ready to book a ticket down south. Malpaso Dance Company performs at 7 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org.