Alonso Alicia


Classical Ballet / Choreographer / Choreographer

Alicia Alonso is prima ballerina assoluta and General Director of the National Ballet of Cuba. Not only is she the top figure of classical ballet in Spanish-American culture, but Alicia Alonso stands as one of the most famous personalities in all of ballet history. She was born in Havana, where she started her training in 1931 at the Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical ballet school. She went on to study in the United States with Enrico Zanfretta, Alexandra Fedorova and other eminent teachers of the School of American Ballet.
Alonso\'s professional activity began in 1938 on Broadway, with her debut in two variety shows: Great Lady and Star in Your Eyes. A year later, she joined the American Ballet Caravan, the predecessor of today\'s New York City Ballet. In 1940, she went on to the newly-formed American Ballet Theatre of New York at which time began her extraordinary career. She danced principal roles in the masterpieces of the classical and romantic repertories. Working with Michel Fokine, George Balanchine, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, and other important choreographers of the 20th century, Alonso danced lead roles in major world premieres such as Undertow, Fall River Legend and Theme and Variations, and as a principal dancer in various European and Latin American countries.

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