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World ballet stars stage unique show in Havana

World ballet stars stage unique show in Havana

(Nat Sound: Ballet Performance)

World renowned ballet dancers staged a unique show in Havana on August 20 to back Cuba’s efforts to promote itself as one of the top commercial ballet venues in the world.

(Soundbite) Rodrigo Almarales, Cincinnati Ballet
“We named it Royalty because the top international dancers performed in the show and we hope it can be repeated not only in Cuba but in other countries.”

The Royalty Ballet at the Grand Theater of Havana convened 12 of world top ballet stars from Russia, the United States and Britain, who presented famous classics like Black Swan, Sleeping Beauty and contemporary choreography pieces.

(Nat Sound: Ballet Performance)

The event was initiated by Cuban-born Rodrigo Almarales, principal dancer of the U.S. ballet company Cincinnati Ballet, and joined by dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Russia’s Bolshoi, London’s Royal Ballet and America’s San Francisco, Boston and Cincinnati Ballets.

(Soundbite) Ivan Vasiliev, Russian dancer
“Bringing all these international stars together for one show in Cuba is not usual and we did our best to offer the audience a quality performance and I believe they deeply appreciated it.”

The show was also a preamble of the 25th Havana International Ballet Festival that will bring in October to the Cuban capital the top dance companies and figures in the world.

(Nat Sound: Ballet Performance)

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