The classical ballet ensemble Ballet de Camagüey was founded on December 1, 1967 by Vincentina de la Torre Recio. For two decades it was led by Fernando Alonso, founder and creator of the Cuban Ballet School.
Ballet de Camagüey’s repertoire includes over 260 works in various styles, including classical, romantic, neoclassical and contemporary. Performances primarily take place in Camagüey’s Teatro Principal. Ballet de Camagüey is located outside the city in a beautiful spot, surrounded by trees and gardens. Next to the large ballet hall are a studio that produces sets and costumes and a small ballet shoe factory.
Camaquito supports the ensemble’s infrastructure, productions and the artistic development of its talented young Cuban dancers. We have also funded artistic exchanges, for example with Peter Breuer, director of the Salzburg Ballet, and Gonzalo Galguera, director of the Magdeburg Ballet. In addition, we support the Fernando Alonso Center for the Promotion of Ballet and Dance. The center offers children and teenagers opportunities to spend their free time in a more productive way, to develop their talent for dance and cultivate their aesthetic sense.
These programs positively influence children and teens’ physical and psychic development, improving their chances of leading healthier lives.