Havana, Apr 28 (EFE) .- Laura Alonso, ballet teacher, founder and director of the Prodanza company, and daughter of the legendary dancer Alicia Alonso, won the 2021 National Dance Award of Cuba on Tuesday, which awards the National Council of Performing Arts (CNAE).
A jury chaired by the dancer Johannes García – awarded the award in the 2020 version – awarded the CNAE award to Laura Alonso for her outstanding artistic career as a performer and in pedagogical work.
When announcing the award, the island’s state media highlighted the work of the Grand Maitre as a teacher at the Higher Institute of Art of the island and president of the Association of Dance for the Americas.
They remember that the daughter of Alicia and Fernando Alonso, the founders together with Alberto Alonso of the Cuban ballet school, was the main soloist for 25 years of the National Ballet of Cuba and then in the decade of the past eighties created the Department of Specialized Teaching in that dance company.
They also emphasize that her experience as a trainer of dancers led her to offer workshops and training in ballet schools in Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, the Philippines, Mexico and the United States, where she received awards such as the Special Coaching Award, from the USA International Ballet Competition, in 1990.
The CNAE valued the “technical virtuosity and character when performing” of Laura Alonso, as well as the creation of the ProDanza Center, an institution that has brought together groups of various dance genres, and was a space for the professional development of young talents who became in leading figures of the National Ballet of Cuba.
In addition to his academic work at the University of the Arts (ISA) in Havana, there are classes he has given to national theater and dance groups, and his support for the Psicoballet, an initiative created in 1973 that uses the elementary technique of ballet. combined with psychological methods to restore psychic-social balance in people with mental, motor and sensory disabilities.