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Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso receives honorary degrees in Venezuela
The second degree will be granted to Alonso by the Simon Bolivar Experimental National University prior to the opening of the ballet “Giselle,” in the Teresa Carreño Theater this Saturday.

The Cuban dancer participated in the rehearsals of the ballet, to be performed by two lead female dancers from the Teresa Carreño Ballet and two male Cuban National Ballet dancers.

Alonso is the choreographer of this great classic of the romantic style based on the original work of Jean Corralli and Jules Perrot. She danced “Giselle” in Caracas 60 years ago, five years after having danced it at the Metropolitan Opera House and thus becoming the first non-Slavic, non-American to dance this ballet.

In that same year, 1948, she founded the company later named the Cuban National Ballet, one of the top dancing companies of the world, along with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London, the American Ballet Theatre and the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.     


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