According to this online newspaper, ABT is to perform in the Havana Festival in October. And according to this blog post, some members of New York City Ballet will join them. I can’t remember if I’ve heard this news before, but it sounds familiar.  It doesn’t seem to be posted on ABT’s website though. Anyway, ABT hasn’t toured Cuba since 1960. It’s all part of the 90th birthday of Alicia Alonso celebrations. Wow. Lucky dancers – I’m so jealous! I’ve wanted to go to Cuba for a long, long time.


  1. I’m very curious to see how they are doing this as to my understanding, it’s illegal to go to Cuba as an America via US airports (usually if Americans go go to Cuba, they go to Canada or fly to another country first)…

    I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba, Salsa, Rumba, and Mambo heaven!

    • It’s possible if you’re an arts organization and the government doesn’t mind. It actually all fell together very quickly- announced in July, happens in November. By the way, Cuba is a very beautiful country full of very friendly and helpful people.

  2. It is not illegal to travel to Cuba, it is illegal to spend money there. That said, there are many ways to travel and spend money legally, one is which if your invitation to dance in Cuba is approved by the Treasury and State Depts, which obviously ABT’s dancing has been! Others can go to Cuba legally if full time professionals doing professional research, if full time working journalists, if part of a group with a religious or humanitarian license, or if someone has been granted a specific license by the Dept of Treasury (look at the website under OFAC, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Cuba, for specifics). If one is traveling legally, one can leave on one of the charter flights out of NYC (once a week) or Miami, daily. Information? traveltocubanow@gmail.com

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