US Author Launches Book on Father of Cuban Ballet

Havana, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) U.S. writer Toba Singer will launch today a book on the father of the Cuban ballet school, Fernando Alonso, at the Central Library in San Francisco city, United States.

Jose Manuel Carreño, former first dancer of the Cuban National Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, will share the activity with the author, and tell the participants some of his experiences along with master Alonso.

Retired from important stages, Carreño is currently directing the U.S San Jose Ballet Company, and still participates in the International Havana Ballet Festivals, even as a teacher.

According to Singer, there is no other rigorous studio in any corner of the world like that of Alonso about the renowned ballet schools from France, Italy, Denmark, Russia and England, which he took as a basis to conform his own methodology.

Many teachers have a kind of feeling, but there is no a comprehensive program to train hundreds of students and as well as becoming dancers, also train them as great masters, she told Prensa Latina.

According to the author, Alonso trained many virtuoso dancers in several generations since he founded the academy in 1950 in collaboration with his then wife, Alicia Alonso, whose testimony opened the book.

Azari Plizestki, Ramona de Saa, Menia Martinez, Jorge Esquivel, Aurora Bosch, Lazaro and Joel Carreño, Lorena y Lorna Feijoo, Jhon White, Donald Saddler and Carlos Acosta, among others, also gave their views and personal stories regarding the legacy of the master teacher.

Singer defined the first director of the Cuban National Ballet (1948-1975) as a curious and thoughtful, committed teacher and not dogmatic, which at the same time insisted on daily achieving the highest standards of discipline and rigor.

The book entitled “Fernando Alonso, padre del ballet cubano” (Fernando Alonso, Father of Cuban Ballet), was released for the first time in 2013 in the United States, the country where the master and his first wife began dancing professionally in the 1930s.

Singer’s testimonial work has been launched in Houston, California, New York, San Francisco and London, capital of Great Britain.

Figures of the Cuban government and culture unveiled in Havana on January 28, a plaque accrediting the National Ballet School of the Caribbean country with the name of Fernando Alonso, in recognition to the great teacher’s influence.

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