International ballet competitions begin in Cuba

Today in this capital, competition sessions in various age groups for the twenty-ninth edition of the International Meeting of Ballet Academies continue.

Dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of Fernando Alonso, dancer, choreographer and founder of the Cuban National Ballet (BNC), the event also includes concerts for participating academies and schools scheduled for Monday and tomorrow in the Covarrubias Hall of the Cuban National Ballet. stage.

About 230 people from about 70 academies in the Americas and Europe region are participating in the meeting, with representatives from El Salvador, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States, Italy and the Netherlands.

Teachers, students and dancers are meeting in Havana to analyze key issues related to academic dance education, according to event organizers.

As well as to exchange standards based on different techniques, methods, exercises, creativity of dances and other elements of national and foreign experiences.

As for the competition sector, this will be fundamental to stimulate scenic creativity and protect the classical, romantic and neoclassical repertoire of pointe art.

For this reason, the Junior, Children, Youth, Choreography and Young Critics categories return this year to the competition.

A jury of leading dancers, teachers, choreographers, critics and scholars from around the world will evaluate the performances in each category.

The dance encounter preserves the imprint of Fernando and Alicia Alonso, who have directed the BNC company since its founding and for several decades, as well as in the footsteps of the Cuban ballet figures who have chosen to teach, an indispensable premise since the creation of the company and the academy. . Creating bridges and exchanging experiences on ballet teaching methodologies is one of the headquarters of the National Ballet School, a mission that does not stop at the necessity of avoiding stagnation of technique, thinking about teaching methods and creativity in dance.

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This 29th edition of the International Meeting of Academies of Ballet Education proposes to look once again to school and artistic training as a path towards a career of excellence.

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