UNICEF Chooses Cuban Dancer Lizt Alfonso as Campaign Star

Havana, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children”s Fund (UNICEF) chose Cuban Lizt Alfonso as one of the stars of the campaign entitled 25 Leaders, 25 Voices for Children, the company led by this dancer revealed today.

Other voices in the same crusade will be those of Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, Guatemalan leader and Nobel Peace Price winner Rigoberta Menchu, Mexican singer Julieta Venegas, US actress Zoe Saldana, Costa Rican soccer player Keylor Navas and Colombian scientist Manuel Elkin.

UNICEF organizes this campaign in Latin America and the Caribbean, supported by the Spanish news agency EFE, to know the opinion of the same number of figures from the region, about issues related to children and adolescents.

The Cuban director and choreographer is a UNICEF Ambassador of Good Will and had trained thousands of children and youths at the vocational workshops given by her company, based in Havana’s historic center.

According to the teacher, besides dancing in those workshops, the participants learn how to set their objectives in life.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the approval of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, held recently, Alfonso urged to put it into practice every day at all times.

Not only the Government of every country, I mean each and every one of us as citizens, she said.

Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba, a company that emerged in 1990 as a personal project by its founder, has been acclaimed in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

The show Vida (Life), choreographed by Alfonso, won the international DORA Award in Toronto, Canada, for Best Choreography of a Musical in the year 2008.

The company mixes elements of flamenco, ballet, contemporary dance, folklore and different people’s dances.

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