1920 – 2019
Originally from Havana, Cuba, Alicia Martinez assimilated a Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical during a age of 11. As a teenager, she married her dance partner Fernando Alonso, whose name she adopted for a stage. Determined to work in New York, she began her veteran career in 1938 by behaving in musicals. At a age of 19, she mislaid some of her sight. Far from being discouraged, she indeed used this debility as a new strength. She had no time for improvisation; her dance partner simply had to be in a right position. The theatre lights helped to beam her, and in a same year of 1939, a American Ballet Caravan, that was to turn a New York City Ballet, welcomed her into a troupe. Since then, Alicia Alonso excelled in exemplary roles, carrying played Giselle, Aurora and Odette, and a world’s capitals fought for a pretentious ballerina-turned-star. Her naturalness, character and slim face warranted her a nickname “Black Cobra”. Alicia Alonso, a child from Cuba, wanted to rise dance in her possess country. In 1948, she founded a Alicia Alonso Ballet in Havana, and as a Cuban Revolution triumphed, Fidel Castro incited to a star. Her propagandize showcased Cuban culture, creation it a National Ballet of Cuba. Passionate about her art, a dancer’s work became political. Until Fidel Castro’s death, she remained constant to a Commander, heading her dancers to a country’s many remote provinces. Through her work, Alonso introduced Cuban dance to a world. Her final opening was when she was 70. With her school, she combined a singular ballet culture, a Cuban style, that is famous globally interjection to a brew of cultures and colors. She will always be remembered as Havana’s granddaughter and Cuba’s star.