Stamps Issued in Tribute to Cuban Ballet Legend Alicia Alonso

Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso is featured in two postage stamps issued Thursday with her image in the “grand vals” of one of her greatest works as a ballet dancer: “La Bella Durmiente” (Sleeping Beauty) on the 80th anniversary of her debut as a dancer.

Issued by the Cuban Ministry of Information and Communications, the stamps reproduce two photos of that historical December 29, 1931, when Alicia Alonso danced this piece for the first time at the age of 11.

The piece was created by her teacher, Ukrainian Nicolas Yavorsky, in the Auditorium Theatre Dancing Academy.

Eighty years later, Alonso thanked everyone, recalling those moments, and signed several envelopes showing her image dancing another of her great works, “Giselle”, which made the Cuban ballet dancer a legend.

The historian of the Cuban National Ballet, Miguel Cabrera, recalled the beginning of Alicia Alonso’s career, and how after her debut, 27 years later, she became the guide and main promoter of the first Cuban professional classic ballet company in our country.

More than 16,000 stamps dedicated to Alicia Alonso will start circulating in the entire island starting Thursday.

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