Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet

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Alonso and Alberto Alonso , a choreographer, created the dance company in , originally under the name Ballet Alicia Alonso.


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They also created the Alicia Alonso Academy of Ballet in , but financial difficulties shuttered both in Fidel Castro resuscitated the ballet soon after he took power in Renamed the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the company became a symbol of Cuban artistic achievement and was allowed to tour the world. Alonso served as general director and became an innovative teacher by combining his understanding of physics, kinesiology and anatomy with traditional ballet training.

He was considered instrumental in developing the Cuban style of ballet, which seeks to imbue classical rigor with the physicality of Latin dance. For many years during the cold war the United States barred the company from appearing on its soil, prompting a lament from Clive Barnes, the dance critic for The New York Times.

Fernando Alonso : the Father of Cuban Ballet.

Alonso separated in , a year before the Ballet Nacional de Cuba first appeared in the United States. Alonso, 92, still directs the company. Alonso has insisted that Mr. Alonso was given too much credit for her success. At 15, Mr. Alonso and his brother were sent to study in Mobile, Ala.

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He returned to Havana in , where he watched ballet classes at Pro-Arte that featured Ms. He began studying ballet full-time in and grew closer to her through their shared passion.

By he and Ms. Alonso moved to New York City in , found work as an X-ray technician and danced by night. Sign in.

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