Cuba ballet director to travel to US for 90th birthday

HAVANA- Cuba's most famous ballerina Alicia Alonso will receive a tribute from the American Ballet Theater in New York next month in celebration of her 90th birthday, the National Ballet of Cuba said on Monday.
Alonso, the ballet's director, has been an ambassador of the 1959 Cuban revolution, which set off decades of tensions with the United States including trade sanctions which continue today.

Alicia Alonso in April 2010
Alicia Alonso in April 2010
She will travel to Spain on Friday, following a European tour, and already has a visa to travel to the United States at the end of May, before the June 3 tribute in New Yotk's Metropolitan Opera House, a company spokesman told AFP.
The Cuban dancer and choreographer began her professional career with the American Ballet Theater, where she danced the main role in Giselle in a critically-acclaimed performance in 1943.
Although she is almost blind and now struggling to walk, Alonso still actively directs the communist island's national ballet.
The ballerina, who was born on December 21, 1920, has already received birthday tributes across the world, including in London and Enghien-les-Bains, France, last April.

Monday, May 10th 2010

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