How is the discussion about Alonso/Cubans v. MCB any different from efforts to combine or keep separate and maintain different styles in ABT and NYCB? I am not familiar with the Florida companies.
Cristian might be able to elaborate more, since he actually lives in Miami, but I went to high school in West Palm and spent my college days (when I visited parents down in South Florida) partying in Miami on weekends home visiting my parents (South Florida is a driving culture so driving down to Miami from West Palm to party was a normal thing to do back then especially when you have friends in Lauderdale and Miami you can crash with).
Anyway, I will say that back then there was still a deep divide between Cubans and the non-Latin population (for lack of a better way to describe it). Cubans brought so much to Miami (and Florida overall), and I am in the camp that thinks it has been a huge POSITIVE influence, but there were many back then and still some today who do not like the influence. One of the first things some people complain about is that signs are in Spanish in Miami. Well, any border area in the world probably has that. But to some it means the end of the world as we know it.
Once a Palm Beacher (one of the people who live on the island) was quoted in the local Palm Beach paper about some graffiti, and she said snobbily, "Probably someone from Miami!" She never said, "Cuban" but people who live in South Florida usually can figure out what she meant.
I say all that to give background to the issues that exist. There has been and probably still is snobbery about the Cubans.
So among people who are inclusive the trend is to include Cubans since they make up such a strong presence in South Florida. However, not everyone feels that way.
I think the ABT vs. NYCB has mainly a "taste" element, although I could be wrong. I think the MCB/Cuban ballet issue is hard to peel away from social issues that exist.
I am not saying anyone in MCB or anyone on this board is prejudiced. I am just saying it is an issue alive and kicking in South Florida with some sensitivity.
Villella created MCB as a Balanchine company. He flat out states in that interview that the Cubans have a different style, and he doesn't want that. I don't think that is necessarily anything other than what he says, but when you know the atmosphere of South Florida you sometimes wonder why not use what is all around you to better effect when you can? I mean, on the one hand, it does seem incredible that a ballet company in Miami with so many Cuban ballet dancers passing through as they defect does not use them.
But I do think, for example, Mariinsky dancers joining MCB would not have the same style as the other MCB dancers. So maybe Villella had his reasons. I have no idea. But I do know that the social context plays a role in some people's concerns.