, dancer and teacher at the Cuban National Ballet School, has died.
She was a founding member of Teatro Lírico Nacional or Cuban National Opera Theater, where she began her professional artistic career as a dancer in 1962, and under the guidance of maestro Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet Company, she was promoted to join the ranks of the Cuban National Ballet Company as a dancer in 1965. Along with her career as a professional ballerina, she began teaching at the National Arts School of Cuba and was the director of the Cuban National Ballet School from 1977 to 1985.
with Hermida by Toba Singer in The California Literary Review.
How was it that you became a teacher?
Understanding that dancers’ careers had a limited time span and usually ended at the age of 30, Fernando and Alicia taught us how to teach, even as we learned. And so, by the age of 19 I had begun teaching. This development of dancers simultaneously as teachers assured the continuity of the Cuban school and style for generations to come. It conferred the stamp of Alicia Alonso as a ballerina assoluta and her accomplishments on the company and school.