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International Ballet Festival of Havana 2018

Through this exciting eight days-seven nights program, you will experience the vibrant richness of of Cuban ballet and contemporary dance, attending daily performances by internationally renowned ballet companies. In addition, you will have a panoramic view of contemporary dance in Cuba. Our people-to-people exchanges take place when we visit the Cuban National Ballet School and have conversations with dance experts and dancers through a network of dance studios and museums. The program includes tickets for six ballet performances and is hosted by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.

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DAY 1

Our journey from Tampa to Havana will take 52 minutes. Once in Havana our Cuban Tour Guide will take us to the NH Capri Hotel in Havana. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.


                                                                                       NH Capri Hotel building above



Private Paladar La Casa

DAY 2

Founded in 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. Through a guided walking tour, you will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban sustainable development project that integrates community and economic development with art. During this walking tour we will visit Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Vieja.

Access to ballet performance.


Plaza Vieja

DAY 3

This day will include a visit to the National Cuban Ballet School.Our visit to the

National Cuban Ballet 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.


Access to ballet performance.


DAY 4

After breakfast we will visit el Museo Nacional de la Danza (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.

Access to ballet performance.


DAY 5

Day three will consist of a visit to the University of the Arts (ISA) to share experiences and visions with dance professors and students. ISA professors are all active artists. The University of the Arts in Havana is one of 14 higher education institutions built after the revolution, in each province, delivering graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Access to ballet performance.

DAY 6


On this day we will visit the studio of Havana Queens. The selection criteria is ruthless, the training is merciless. Anyone who makes it onto the stage in Cuba’s top dance show, Havana Queens, belongs to the crème de la crème.You will have tickets for ballet performance in the evening.




Access to ballet performance.


DAY 7

During our last day in Havana we will visit the Carlos Acosta Ballet Company.

Access to ballet performance.


DAY 8


Departure from José Martí International Airport to Tampa International Airport