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Cuban dancers shine in return to Havana
A dozen Cuban dancers have returned to the island to be part of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, where several workshops were dedicated this year to Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the National Ballet of Cuba who died last year.
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In this Oct. 29, 2014 photo, Cuban dancer Javier Torres practices at the National Cuban Ballet dance house in Havana, Cuba. Torres, a star dancer with the Northern Ballet of Great Britain, said the spirit of their homeland shapes their art no matter how far they travel. âWe are Cubans and we carry the Cuban interpretation of ballet _ what we have learned here,â he said. Torres was among a dozen Cuban dancers who returned to the island to be part of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, premier ballerina Viengsay Valdes, left, warms up at the National Cuban Ballet dance house in Havana, Cuba. The National Ballet of Cuba was founded in 1948 by Fernando Alonso and his wife, premier ballerina Alicia Alonso, who both rose to fame in the late 1940s in New York. It is considered one of the crown jewels of Cuban culture, prestige. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 29, 2014 photo, Cuban dancer Rodrigo Almarales talks with a ballerina as they take a break at the National Cuban Ballet dance house during the 24th International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba. Almarales is a member of the Cincinnati Ballet whose dancer parents left the island decades ago. With Cuba relaxing its attitude toward those living abroad, the National Ballet welcomed their prodigal children with enthusiasm. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, a dancer slips on her ballet shoes at the National Cuban Ballet dance house during the 24th International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba. A recent visit by Cuban dancers who left the island to join other companies is a creative boon for the National Ballet of Cuba whose dancers otherwise have limited exposure to emerging techniques and styles. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, people watch dancers practice at the National Cuban Ballet dance house in Havana, Cuba. Dozens of Cuban dancers returned to the island to be part of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, where several workshops were dedicated to Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the National Ballet of Cuba who died last year. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Oct. 29, 2014 photo, Cuban dancer Javier Torres, who is a member of the Northern Ballet of Great Britain, lifts up Cuban premier ballerina Anette Delgado during training at the 24th international Ballet festival in Havana, Cuba. Festival goers were treated to new works by Torres, choreographer Luis Serrano, and American Ballet Theatre star Xiomara Reyes. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Cuban dancers shine in return to Havana

A dozen Cuban dancers have returned to the island to be part of the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, where several workshops were dedicated this year to Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the National Ballet of Cuba who died last year.

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