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Great Cuban Ballerinas of the 60's, 70's and 80's-(V)


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Miss Laura Alonso

Today Laura Alonso is widely recognized for two main reasons: one, for being a Maitre and Teacher Extraordinaire and traveling around the world teaching and staging the classics for professional and pre professional companies alike, and two for the simple reason of being the once Principal Ballerina daughter of Alicia and Fernando Alonso . Along with her expertise in working with professionals and aspiring professionals, Ms. Alonso is extremely gifted at working with young dancers of all ages and experiences. Students love her and outdo themselves to fulfill her expectations. A very positive teacher, Alonso has transformed students in just a few classes. She is an particularly inspiration to male students. Alonso's mission is to bring the highest quality dance to students everywhere, willing to instruct anyone who wants to learn. During the 1990 Jackson International Ballet Competition, Laura Alonso was honored with an award as the best coach at the competition. Her student, Jose Manual Carreno, won the Grand Prix de Ville, the highest award of the competition. She also has served as a coach, jury member and teacher at the Jackson International Ballet Competition and as a jury member of the Concours International de Dance de Paris, France 1998, the Alicia Alonso International Ballet Competition, and other competitions around the world. Although born in the United States, Alonso is a resident of Havana where she has an international dance school, Centro Pro Danza, which welcomes 1 500 students, and a professional performing company, The Classical Ballet of Havana. A teacher of world-class experience, Ms. Alonso has taught for the Cuban National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Cleveland and San Jose Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Tokyo Ballet, the Toronto Ballet, the Alberta Ballet and others. She was a member of the faculty at the Regional Dance America's National Festival in 1997 as well as at the RDA/NE Festival 1998 and the RDA/SE 1999. For seven years, she served as the personal coach for her own mother Alicia Alonso.

Aside from that, my main purpose here is also to recognize Ms. Alonso's successful twenty-five year performing career at BNC that included soloist work in all of the traditional classics. This is what one of the witnesses of her art had to say about her:

“The Spanish Dance of the third act of Swan Lake danced by Laura Alonso and Jesus Sanfiel still remains in my mind like the most beautiful one I have ever seen in my life, What a bravura, what a garbo, not other dancers has ever got closer to them. My deepest respect for her work as a dancer and as a teacher.”

Here is Miss Alonso as Mme. Cerrito in Grand Pas de Quatre, in the late 50’s.

Miss Alonso staging "Les Sylphides"

Miss Alonso giving a male class

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