Mayaguez has always been a centre for culture and the arts. Now Mayaguez has its own ballet company, the Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, founded by Nana Badrena, Howard Phillips and Lcdo. Harry Padilla in 2005, and incorporated as a non-by-profit organisation. Its aims are twofold. Firstly to provide real theatrical training for the dancers of the Western Ballet School, and secondly to put on quality theatre productions of ballet and dance in and around the Mayaguez area and the rest of the island. In addition, dancers from WBT have performed in productions in Republica Dominicana, Miami, Pennsylvania and elsewhere thus helping to put Mayaguez on the international map.

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The company works with a number of advanced students and graduates from the Western Ballet Theatre School, taking principal roles, with occasional professional principals from the mainland and elsewhere, supported by a corps de ballet drawn from the school.

Since the official opening in the spring of 2006, Western Ballet Theatre has presented fifteen full length ballets, three repertory concerts, five International Summer Workshop concerts and Western Ballet School concerts (as of May 2013 ). From "Coppelia" and "Dracula" in 2006 to "El Pirata Cofresi", "Akasha" and "Peter Pan" in 2011, WBT continues to bring dramatic ballet theatre productions to the west end of Puerto Rico (Porta del Sol), and in 2010 Western Ballet was chosen to present "Don Quijote" to the VIPs of the 2010 Caribbean and Central American Games, as well as participating in the "Welcome the Flame" proceedings in Aguadilla.   

The Company of Western Ballet Theatre

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2014 Shows:    Romeo y Julieta         Dracula               Cascanueces

2013 shows:   Los Tres Mosqueteros    Julia de Burgos en el tiempo

2012 shows:         Coppelia       Chronicles of Dracula    Cascanueces        

2011 shows:   El Pirata Cofresi          Akasha                   Peter Pan       

2010 shows:       Don Quijote         La Antorcha             Cascanueces     

2009 shows:          Giselle                  Dracula              Christmas Carol   

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Artistic Director, choreographer and ballet mistress       Nana Badrena  

Executive Director  and President of the Corporation     Howard Phillips     


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