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Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso dies: significant loss for universal culture
© Adolfo Izquierdo Mesa/CREART. Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso during the International Dance Day celebration, April 2018.
17 October 2019/ UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

In the early morning hours of this Thursday, 17 October 2019, Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso, a figure of world renown, died in Havana.

Alicia Alonso, born in Havana on 21 December 1920, was also an outstanding choreographer and pedagogue, whose unique imprint identifies the Cuban School of Ballet. The gifted ballerina performed in more than 65 countries, was granted 266 international and 225 national awards.

She created nearly 70 choreographies and convened in the Cuban capital 26 editions of the International Ballet Festival. Approximately 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa were benefitted by her teachings through the collaboration she promoted.

The legendary ballerina, named UNESCO World Dance Ambassador in 2017 and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2002, maintained close ties and lent prestige to the Organization. In her honour, UNESCO created the Alicia Alonso Ibero-American Dance Chair in September 2018.

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