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ALICIA ALONSO IS SHOCKED!

Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso of the National Ballet of Cuba ponders the reasons that triggered eight of its dances to defect during a recent performance in Puerto Rico. I am certain that Alicia is also wondering what ever happened to the “patria-o-muerte” convictions of these dancers after the long and arduous indoctrination that they received at public institutions.

Well, here are some of the reasons that motivated these dancers to defect: 1) wanting to receive competitive wages; 2) work for a dance company that concentrated its efforts on incorporating creative choreographies rather than for a company that was inflexible with their programs; 3) live in a country that allowed everyone the freedom to do whatever they want with their careers and lives; 4), and, get a away from a country where silly slogans like “patria-o-muerte” are smoke-screens for a failed economic system.

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