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Ballroom dancing, as it is internationally known, has come to Havana and according to its organizers is here to stay.
By: Anelí Ruiz García
Talking about Cuban country music with Eduardo Muñoz is a privilege. Muñoz is a choreographer, dancer, founder and director of the Ballet Folclórico Cucalambé (Cucalambé Folkloric Ballet) and has dedicated his life to studying and promoting Cuba´s rural roots as part of its identity. Perhaps that is the reason why he did not hesitate in founding the Ballet Folclórico Cucalambé, fostering an artistic project that after 25 years has become one of the pillars of Cuban art.
By: Prensa Latina / Photos Boris Muriedas
The 22nd International Ballet Festival of Havana, dedicated to the 90th year of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, saw polished performances led by the American Ballet Theatre which, after an absence of half a century, deeply moved the Cuban audience, acknowledged connoisseurs of this art form.
By Pedro Quiroga, Photos Courtesy Yoldance
The fifty dancers of Yolena Alonso's Cuban Yoldance Company not only have youthful charm and Caribbean sensuality; they also have what Yolena's father, Pachito Alonso, calls her kini kini: charisma, swing and that ineffable Cuban spirit. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the group has been touring world stages since 2005 with the rhythmic, Creole, versatile and glamorous ¡Viva Cuba!
By Marlén Martínez Tabares / Photos: Courtesy Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso, dancer and teacher, has a paramount place in the history of Cuban ballet. He is the founder, together with his brother Alberto Alonso, of the first professional ballet company in Cuba and the creator of the famed Cuban school of ballet and of its teaching methodology.
By Ivet González Lemes / Photos Courtesy of the Band
The strength of ancestors gathers new energies with youth. That is Yoruba Andabo's motto. The artistic expressions of African slaves brought by Spanish colonizers to Cuba are revived in this company with the integration of new members together with the most modern contemporary musical tendencies.
By Pedro Quiroga Jiménez / Photos by José (Tito) Merino
After ten days of intense hectic activity, dancers, choreographers, critics and important figures in the world of dance from 19 countries who attended the 21 st Havana International Ballet Festival, from October 28th to November 6th, celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban National Ballet (CNB).
By Alexander Machado Tineo / Photos: Gerardo Iglesias
Among the many, not always justified, attributes that Cubans represent to the world, perhaps the most prevalent are: we are good musicians, we have an enviable sense of humor and, of course, we know dance.
By Sergio Morales Vera Photos: Roberto Morejón
The Camagüey Ballet is a true jewel of Cuban culture and a proud institution of this city in the centre of Cuba. Its artistic achievements and reputation are well known by national and international audiences and critics.
By: Idania Machado Photos: José Tito Meriño
It is said that in Cuba, even rocks dance. And those not endowed with the rhythm to dance will still make slight movements to the beat of popular music.
By: Idania Machado, Photos: Todd Bennett,Jorge Perez and ISA Archives
The day before the tryouts for the Instituto Superior de Artes (known as el ISA or the Higher Institute of Arts in English) I saw the movie Fame on TV. If you have seen it, you will know that it may be the worst thing to see the day before an entrance exam.
By Pedro Quiroga Jiménez, Photos: Courtesy of the National Ballet of Cuba
An exclusive interview given by Alicia Alonso on the presentation if the Cuban National Ballet in Ontario this December. After an absence if 29 years) the Prima Ballerina Assoluta recalls her ties with Canadian people.
By Idania Machado, Photos: Todd Bennett,Jorge Perez & ISA Archives
The day before the tryouts for the Instituto Superior de Artes (known as el ISA or the Higher Institute of Arts in English) I saw the movie Fame on TV. If you have seen it, you will know that it may be the worst thing to see the day before an entrance exam. In the movie, you see all the problems that some students have in trying to get into an art school - it made me think about not going.
By John Kim Photos: Roberto García & Courtesy of Ecos
It was the angle of her neck that mesmerized me. In the middle of a performance on the wide wooden stage of the Grand Theatre in Old Havana, scarlet dresses swirling and feet pounding out the rhythm, one of the dancers turned at the waist, raised her chin and paused.
By Yasser Lago, Photos: Prensa Latina
Josefina Mendez was born in Havana on March 8, 1941. She began to study ballet at the age of 7 and joined the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in the 1950's. A decade later, she was one of the prima ballerinas with the Cuban National Ballet Company. She was appointed maitre of the National Company and lived and worked in Havana for many years.
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