International Ballet Festival of Havana

in collaboration with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
November 1-7, 2020
Registration Deadline - July 15, 2020


Through this exciting program, you will experience the vibrant richness of classical and contemporary dance in Cuba, attending daily ballet performances with the participation of the Cuban National Ballet Company, international dance companies such as the Martha Graham, Buenos Aires and San Francisco, and dancers form South Korea, Netherlands, Mongolia, Spain, Uruguay, Ireland and Puerto Rico. Our educational exchanges will take place through a lecture by a Cuban dance expert, when we visit the Cuban National Ballet School, Cuban dance companies, cultural centers and museums.  The program includes daily tickets for evening ballet performances.
What is included?

  • Ground transportation in luxury AC bus
  • Six nights at a Hotel in Havana
  • 15 meals (6B, 7L, 2D)
  • Panoramic Tour of Havana
  • Lecture by Cuban dance expert - The Cuban Contemporary Dance and Ballet Experience
  • Museums admission and docent fees
  • Tickets for five ballet performances (8 pm)  *
  • Visits to demonstrations by six dance companies and the Fernando Alonso Ballet School
  • $500 tax deductible donation to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
  • Bilingual Cuban Tour Guide and Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Gratuities for servers in lunches and dinners included, Cuban tour guide and driver
  • Educational / people-to people license to travel
  • Orientation before the day of departure
  • Cuba Travel Guide for a safe and fun trip
  • Emailed information about sites to be visited

What is not included?

  • $275 (estimate) round-trip airfare to Havana from Tampa on Southwest Airlines.

        Instructions to buy airline tickets will be provided after registration deadline. Tickets will
        be booked online with Southwest Airlines using miles or a credit card; health insurance  

        while in Cuba is included in the airfare.

  • $50 Cuban tourist visa

        Instructions to buy the visa will be provided after registration deadline. You may

        purchase the visa online before departure or at the Southwest check-in counter  on the day

        of departure.

  • Four dinners
  • Airfare for a connecting flight to Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Hotel accommodations (the night before departure), if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance (RECOMMENDED, see Cancellation and Refund Policy)

*Five additional ballet performances ($200.00 - 5 pm PERFORMANCES - OPTIONAL IF AVAILABLE)

For a Registration Packet

Please visit our Contact Us page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options - Program Package

Cashier's Check or Credit Card



Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take one hour. Once in Havana we will be on our way to a panoramic tour of Havana, lunch in Old Havana and late afternoon chack-in for accommodations at a hotel in Havana. 
In the evening we will meet for a welcome dinner. After dinner we will have the option of visiting la Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory). 



Our first day in Havana will start with breakfast (all breakfasts are included), followed by a lecture about dance in Cuba. After the lecture we will visit the Fernando Alonso National Cuban Ballet School. Our visit to the School will consist of a presentation of the school by its Director and faculty, a tour of the facilities and a ballet demonstration by students. The school is the biggest school of ballet in the world. As all the Cuban educational system, it is free, after rigorous selection. After lunch (all lunches are included) we will visit the
Rosario Cárdenas Dance Company for a presentation and conversation with dancers. The Rosario Cárdenas Dance Company has tested its theory of combinatorics dance system in the contemporary movement, with constant work that encompasses the study of the body as a somatic whole. In the evening we will attend a ballet performance.


During day 3 we will visit Old Havana. Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. You will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban development project that integrates community and economic development with art. Through a walking visit guided by an architect-historian we will visit Cathedral, Arms and Old Squares. After our visit to the squares of we will have lunch followed with a visit to Callejón de Hamel (Hamel's Alley). Callejón de Hamel is a narrow alley in Havana filled with lively colorful murals and sculptures made from bathtubs, hand pumps, and pinwheels. It offers visitors to Cuba’s capital a taste of the city’s local art. Cuban artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalona, founder of the project, describes his Afro-Cuban style as a mix of surrealism, cubism, and abstract art. After spending more than two decades of producing artworks in Cuba, as well as the U.S., Norway, Italy, and Venezuela, the self-taught artist began adorning the alley outside his apartment with art in 1990. In the evening we will attend a ballet performance.


After breakfast we will visit the National Museum of Dance, with an exhibition of Alicia Alonso´s personal collection. The museum is also a collector of the history of dance in Cuba. The museum has eight permanent exhibition rooms, a specialized library, an information center and a video room. The exhibition room dedicated to Alonso displays her costume for Giselle´s first act, as well as her costume for Carmen. Other options for the morning will be guided museum walks at the Revolution Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts - Cuban Collection. These two museums are located one block from the Mercure Sevilla Hotel.  After lunch we will visit the Cuban Folkloric Dance Company. In the evening we will attend a ballet performance.


This day will include a visit to two dance companies, the
Carlos Acosta Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba. In 2016, Carlos Acosta established a company of young local dancers, ready to perform a repertoire of contemporary pieces for Cubans and visitors.
Carlos' latest project Acosta Danza, featuring some of Cuba's finest dancers, was recently featured in The Guardian as one of their "Must-See Dance Show of 2017". The Guardian's Judith Mackrell had this to say about the project: "Acosta Danza has an ambitious brief, combining classical and contemporary influences and showcasing Cuba’s fizzing dance culture within a wider international context." After lunch we will attend a presentation by the Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba.
Danza Contemporánea de Cuba (founded in 1959), has developed a particular style from the basics of Cuban folklore and universal modern dance. So the Company has created a new vision of both modern and national contemporary dance techniques. In the evening we will attend a ballet performance.


Our last day in Havana will continue with visits to two contemporary dance companies in Old Havana, the Teatro Danza Retazos and
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba. Teatro Danza Retazos is the absolute vanguard in contemporary Cuban dance, projecting their choreography toward a singular scenic projection, representing a forceful chronicle of the Latin-American spirituality in an unpredictable reflexive dance. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is the precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style in Cuban dance. Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rythm of the Cuba that vibrates today. In the evening we will hava farewell dinner followed by a ballet performance.

DAY 7 - Departure


“This project is designed for people to show up and consume art. We are not working for the usual gallery-hopping crowd that goes to shows with their hands in their pockets, looking for something new. We need to find the way to reach people who have never gone to a gallery or a theater and who suddenly are being faced with this trap, like a spectacle, something unusual but attractive. Those are the people we are working for. We normally use music as a hook, then at some point in the evening there will be a performance or a dance number followed by DJs, disco or background music, all “decorated” with visual art work. Setting it up this way means that not only do people have a good time but we have the Factory fulfilling an educational function, in some way exerting an influence on them because of what they are seeing and hearing, what surrounds them, something they cannot escape. Everything functions with lights, space, texture, muted colors, everything done tastefully.”  FAC