The Special training/ Education Department of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba was founded in Havana in March 1998 under the direction of Alicia Alonso. The teaching staff is comprised by maitres and professors of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and other dance experts, all of recognized international prestige, which convey a work experience in the field of dance.
Its primary aim is to instruct both, students and ballet teachers, in the technique, methodology, style and interpretative concepts of the Cuban School of Ballet, developed by the Cuban ballet for many years, as well as in other related subjects. The Cuban School of Ballet imparts the universal language of classical ballet technique and is the expression of the idiosyncrasy and aesthetics of the Latin American culture, which is rooted in the general ethnic and cultural characteristics of the Ibero American and Caribbean peoples.
The Department has developed four fundamental projects:
1) Training courses for intermediate, advanced students and ballet teachers
2) International ballet workshops
3) Vocational ballet workshop
4) Staging of ballets for children
1) TRAINING COURSES FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
Held at the permanent headquarters of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Havana, classes are available throughout the year – with the exception of the last 15 days of the month of August – and for the term the applicant considers appropriate. Classes are structured in a special module or in punctual subjects for students with no less than 4 years of previous ballet training, The price for the module is 350.00 CUC monthly. (CUC = Cuban convertible pesos) and is structured by Ballet classes ( five frequencies per week), Body conditioning ( three frequencies per week) , Pointe, ( two frequencies per week) , Variations ( three frequencies per week). We can offer complementary subjects such as Methodology, for ballet teachers
For registration, the applicants must be 18 years old or more. Otherwise, they must travel and stay with a responsible adult. The students can travel with a 30 days tourist visa. The enclosed application form must be sent at least 30 days prior to the date of arrival. If the students want to stay for a longer period of training, once in Havana, they must request a change in his migratory status, an extension of the visa and a temporal ID. This procedure costs around 80.00 CUC. It is also required a letter from the last ballet institution attended certifying their academic results, discipline and social behavior.
The students MUST also travel with a medical and dental insurance with validity in Cuba.
For further information, please contact the Cuban insurance agency ASISTUR, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation must be done at hotels or Cuban family houses near the Ballet authorized to rent rooms to foreign students.
Students must bring dance wear (leotard, tights, point shoes etc.), an elastic band for the Body conditioning exercises and a photo for the ID card.
At the end of the training period, a certificate is extended.
2) INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS
International Ballet Workshops of two, three or four weeks long are also offered for ballet students, teachers or specific groups. The workshops can be held at educational or artistic institutions of other countries. These workshops are structured according to age and training level of the enrolled students. The subjects may vary to meet the interests of the institutions requesting them.
Diplomas are awarded at the end of the training period.
The International Workshops have been offered at Valencia (Spain), Oaxaca, Mexico D.F., and Pachuca (Mexico)
3) VOCATIONAL WORKSHOP
The Vocational Workshop was created in 1999 with the main objectives of extending the teaching of ballet to children and young students between five and fifteen years old interested in ballet training without establishing for them strict physical or aptitude requirements.
Among their particular objectives, the following can be mentioned:
- To promote the liking for ballet as well as its appreciation level
- To contribute to the physical, psychological, intellectual and artistic development of the enrolled students
- To contribute to the vocational realization of this population group
Classes are imparted from Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the studios of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. They are structured in groups by ages and levels with two weekly frequencies for the students enrolled in the preparatory courses (between five and seven years old), and three weekly frequencies for the students of the remaining groups. Complementary classes of Body Conditioning are offered to those students between 8 and 9 years old. The course begins in the month of September and ends in the month of June. At the end of the academic period, performances are carried out with the participation of all the students registered.
4) STAGING OF CHILDREN BALLETS
The Special training / Education Department also offers advisory in the staging of ballets for children from ballet schools. Experienced choreographers and teachers have staged the following ballets, among others: Snow White, Aladin, Hansel and Gretel and The tin soldier.
These activities are organized under a contract signed by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and the concerned institution.
For further information, please address to:
Catedra de Danza
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
Calle Calzada No. 510 e/ D y E, El Vedado, Habana, Cuba
Phone: (537) 832 4625 / 833 1449 Fax: (537)8 33 3117
SOLICITUD DE MATRICULA PARA ESTUDIANTES EXTRANJEROS
REGISTRATION FORM FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
NOMBRE Y APELLIDOS/ FULL NAME (SEGÚN APARECE EN EL PASAPORTE / ACCORDING TO THE PASSPORT)
DIRECCION EN SU PAIS/ ADDRESS IN YOUR COUNTRY:
TELEFONO / TELEPHONE NUMBER:
NUMERO DE PASAPORTE/ PASSPORT NUMBER
FECHA DE EXPEDICION / DATE OF ISSUANCE:
FECHAD DE VENCIMIENTO / DATE OF EXPIRATION:
FECHA DE NACIMIENTO / DATE OF BIRTH:
AÑOS DE ENTRENAMIENTO EN BALLET / YEARS OF BALLET TRAINING:
MARQUE CON UNA CRUZ EL NIVEL DE BALLET QUE USTED CONSIDERA DEBE MATRICULAR/ MARK WITH AN X THE BALLET LEVEL YOU CONSIDER TO REGISTER
ELEMENTAL/ELEMENTARY INERMEDIO/ INTERMEDIATE
AVANZADO/ ADVANCED MAESTRO/ TEACHER
FECHA DE LLEGADA / DATE OF ARRIVAL
NUMERO DE VUELO Y AEROLINEA/ AIRLINE AND FLIGHT NUMBER:
DIAS DE ESTANCIA / PERIOD YOU WILL STAY IN CUBA:
DIRECCION EN CUBA/ ADDRESS IN CUBA:
ACADEMIA O ESCUELA DONDE ESTUDIA BALLET / BALLET SCHOOL YOU HAVE STUDIED BALLET:
- Alejandro Sené
- María Eugenia Rojas
- Amelia González
- Vilma García
- Lázaro Fernández
- Victoria Castellón
- Aidolet Gómez
- Isabel Portuondo
- Sandra Alfonso
- Juan Torres