International Ballet Festival of Havana Alicia Alonso
November 1-7, 2020
Reservation Deadline - July 30, 2020

Through this exciting program, you will experience the vibrant richness of classical and contemporary dance in Cuba, attending daily public ballet performances with the participation of the Cuban National Ballet Company and 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 exchanges in support for independent Cuban dancers will take when we visit their dance companies for demonstrations and conversations with dancers and administrators.  Our contributions to independent Cuban dance companies support their community educational programs. The program includes daily tickets for evening (8.30 pm) ballet performances and optional afternoon performances (5 pm).
Program Inclusions

  • Six nights at 5*  Iberostar Parque Central Hotel
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and welcome dinner
  • Ground transportation in ac bus
  • Bilingual Cuban tour guide
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Health insurance while in Cuba (included in the airfare)
  • Tickets for five evening (8.30 pm) ballet performances  (5 pm performances - optional) 
  • Visits to four Cuban contemporary dance companies and the Fernando Alonso Ballet School
  • Observation of classes at the Fernando Alonso Ballet School
  • Gratuities for bus driver and Cuban tour guide 
  • Public Performance license to travel to Cuba
  • Face-to-face and online orientation before departure
  • Cuba Travel Guide and suggested readings

     What is not included?

  • Round trip to Havana - travelers will book tickets as soon as flights are provided; health insurance while in Cuba is included in the airfare.
  • $75 Cuban visa - travelers will purchase the visa at the airport on the day of departure.
  • Two lunches and five dinners
  • ​Optional afternoon (5pm) ballet performances 
  • Airfare for a connecting flight to Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Airfare to and from Havana from other departing cities 
  • Hotel accommodations (night before departure) (Flights depart at 7 am with check-in at 4.30 am)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance(Recommended, see Cancellation and Refund Policy)

Program Fees   

$4200  single room

$3900  double room

Itinerary  (CLICK HEREto see videos of dance companies in Cuba and other yellows in the daily itinerary)


Once in Havana we will be on our way to a panoramic tour of Havana and lunch before check-in for accommodations at
5* Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana. In the evening we will meet for a welcome dinner and orientation.


Our first day in Havana will start with breakfast (all breakfasts are included). After breakfast 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. Lunch 

In the afternoon and evening we will attend ballet performances.


During the morning of day 3 we will visit the Malpaso Dance Company. In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. Lunch included.

In the afternoon and evening we will attend ballet performances.


After breakfast we will visit the 
Irene Rodriguez Dance Company for a presentation and conversation with dancers. The Irene Rodríguez Company, founded in January of 2012, has risen to the apex of achievement among those who cultivate the Spanish style of dance in Cuba. With a personalized æsthetic idea of the Spanish Dance – Classical Spanish as well as Flamenco – this company has won varied national and international awards. Lunch included.

In the afternoon and evening we will attend ballet performances.


This day will include a visit to the
  Carlos Acosta Danza Company. 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." 

In the afternoon and evening we will attend ballet performances.


Our last day in Havana will continue with a visit to
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. Lunch included.

In the afternoon and evening we will attend ballet performances.

DAY 7 - Departure 

To Eusebio Leal - Happy 500 Years of Havana  

A Tribute to Alicia Alonso (1920-2019)