Monday, December 28, 2009

Young dancers perform in Cuba in the new year

Young dancers perform in Cuba in the new year
Arts & Entertainment
Dec 25, 2009

Dundas and Ancaster dancers will be among the first Canadians to perform
in Havana's Gran Teatro.

After a successful performance of The Nutcracker ballet in Hamilton,
seven youth from Dundas and Ancaster will head to Havana, Cuba, next
month to resume their roles.

The group will join 34 other youth from the Canadian Ballet Youth
Ensemble in Havana, Jan. 4-11, 2010.

Together, the troupe will have the rare opportunity to be the first
Canadians to dance in Cuba's illustrious Gran Teatro – home to the
National Ballet of Cuba. There, Canadian children will perform The
Nutcracker alongside novices like themselves and elite-level dancers
from the world-class Cuban national ballet.

As well as the performance, the dancers will take part in classes and
rehearsals under the artistic direction of Cuba's legendary prima
ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso.

Meanwhile, back at home auditions are underway for Canadian Ballet Youth
Ensemble's upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel Feb. 26, 2010. Roles
are open to male and female dancers and gymnasts ages seven to 18. For
details on how to audition for Hansel and Gretel contact or

To learn more about the Canadian and Cuban ballet connection, visit News: Story: Young dancers perform in Cuba in the
new year (25 December 2009)

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