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Famous ballerina dies in Cuba

Jpsefina Méndez
01 / 27 / 2007
Dancer Josefina Mendez, one of the four jewels of the Cuban National Ballet, as she was described by British expert Arnold Haskell, died on Friday after a lengthy illness, sources of the company confirmed.

With her health seriously shattered recently, she remained faithful to the training of new generations, whom she taught passion and rigor for an art of which she was an exceptional exponent.

Those who saw her dance will always remember her elegance and her contributions of sensitivity and intelligence that brightened moments, such as the unforgettable the second act of "Swan Lake."

Born on March 8th, 1941, the outstanding dancer was trained under the aegis of Alicia, Fernando and Alberto Alonso, and became first figure of the Alicia Alonso Company in the 1960s.

Josefina Mendez will be remembered as one of the most relevant figures of the Cuban National Ballet. She always performed as if it were her first and last time on stage.

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