Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On December 21

On this day in ...
... 1921 (90 years ago today), Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad Martínez Hoya was born in Havana, Cuba; she appeared on stage as a dancer for the 1st time at age 8. Married at 16, 3 years later Alicia Alonso (left) suffered an eye affliction that rendered her partly blind. (photo credit) Nonetheless, she would excel in the world of ballet, as a "Prima Ballerina Assoluta," famous for her portrayals of the lead characters in Giselle (credit for video below) and Carmen, a choreographer, and the founder, in 1955, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. A "UNESCO Celebrity Advocate," Alonso remains active with her ballet company to this day.

(Prior December 21 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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