Cuba 50 is supported by the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
Cuban ballet is recognised internationally as of the highest standard. Alicia Alonso founded the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and there is an International Ballet Festival every other year in Habana. In the UK, Carlos D'Acosta has been a guest principal with the Royal Ballet since 1998, and is acknowledged as one of the finest dancers of his generation.
Danz Abierta, Asi Somos and Danza Teatro Retazos companies lead the way in modern dance, mixing ballet, folklore and new choreography, featuring in regular festivals; while Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba concentrate on Cuban popular dance, including the Afro Cuban rhythms of rumba.
Meanwhile, salsa is the dance that Cuba is renowned for- a fast-moving and popular dance arising from 'son' the heady mix of African and Spanish music that defines the island's culture.