Dance, a Cultural Bridge between Cuba and the USA

Havana, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) The collaboration between the Cuban National Ballet School and the Ruth Page School of Dance of Chicago constitutes a cultural bridge between Cuba and the United States, choreographer Victor Alexander Ramirez stated here today.

In remarks to Prensa Latina, the former dancer of the Danza Contemporanea group said that the exchanges started in June last year with a visit to Chicago by eight students and three teachers of the institution directed by Cuban maitre Ramona de Saa.

Known in the show world as Victor Alexander, the choreographer said that the Cuban students made their debut successfully at the theater of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and got rave reviews from specialized critics in the United States.

Meanwhile, US youngsters visited Havana on October 5-13 to know details of the teaching method of the Ballet School and shared the stage with several students at Miramar Theater.

According to Victor Alexander, it is important for his students to learn from the dance made here because, in his opinion, the world’s best classic dancers are the Cubans.

Graduated from the National Dance School, Victor Alexander has run since 2013 the Ruth Page School of Dance of Chicago, a center inaugurated 45 years ago by Ruth Page, one of the most important dance teachers in the United States.

After a brilliant career in Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, where he was principal dancer, Victor Alexander loves to share his knowledge as a teacher.

“Undoubtedly, the company was a great school for me; its director Miguel Iglesias has something very peculiar because he is interested in dancers not only learning from the books, but also through choreographers from other countries,” he said.

Acknowledged as one of the best choreographers and dancers of 2013 according to the Danza Magazine, Victor Alexander returned to stages in Havana in early 2015 in a performance with the US Hedwing Dancers company.

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