The first day of the Olorum Dance Festival, sponsored by the Folkloric Ballet of Camagüey, Cuba, was marked by a ceremony honoring Zenaida Armenteros. Armenteros, founder of Cuba’s National Folkloric Ballet troupe, and winner of the 2005 National Dance Award, received the Espejo de Paciencia (Mirror of Patience) Award, the highest honor granted by the Provincial Culture Office in Camagüey. The award is named after a 1608 poem by Silvestre de Balboa, considered to be the first work of literature by a Cuban author. Reinaldo Echemendía, the director of the Folkloric Ballet of Camagüey, praised Armenteros’ talent as a dancer and choreographer while presenting her with her second award of the evening, the Aché statuette, which recognized her contributions to the development of the Camagüey regional folkloric dance group.
During the award ceremony, Armenteros sang Silvio Rodríguez’s “Claro de luna.”
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