Photo Gallery: Dateline Havana

Photo Gallery: Dateline Havana

What do changing U.S.–Cuba relations mean for Cuban ballet? Take a look inside the studios and theater of the world-renowned National Ballet of Cuba. All photos by Quinn Wharton for Pointe magazine. First soloist Ivis Díaz Acosta stretches during a Giselle rehearsal....
Beckanne Sisk on Bringing Balanchine's "Rubies" to Cuba

#TBT: Alicia Alonso in Giselle (1958)

During the Cold War, Alicia Alonso was one of the first Western dancers to be invited to perform in the Soviet Union—where she danced Giselle, her signature role, in this 1958 clip. It’s not just her precise, sprightly footwork or her fluid, emotive arms...
Beckanne Sisk on Bringing Balanchine's "Rubies" to Cuba

Cuban Dancers Defect

  Six dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba recently arrived in Miami after defecting while their company was on tour in Puerto Rico. The dancers have been taken under the wing of Pedro Pablo Peña, the director of Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami....