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José Manuel Carreño.© Chris Hardy. (Click image for larger version)

José Manuel Carreño – Artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet

José Manuel Carreño on being a great Cuban dancer, now director of Silicon Valley Ballet, and the strong relations developing between the USA and Cuba and what that means for ballet.

Paloma Herrera in a studio photograph for Sleeping Beauty.© Juan Mathé. (Click image for larger version)

Paloma Herrera – former American Ballet Theatre Principal, dancer and teacher

Next year I want to dedicate more time to teaching, and finally bring out my clothing line, under the brand Paloma Herrera…

Ommi Pipit-Suksun in Yuri Zhukov's User's Manual.© Francisco Preciado. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – This Might Be True, Eighty One, User’s Manual – San Jose

Ballet San Jose is full of surprises…

Alicia Alonso at the Gala.© Margaret Willis. (Click image for larger version)

24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2014

This time, I made 15 trips to the theatres – there were performances at 5pm and 9pm each day – and saw 82 different full-length ballets or extracts in the eight days I was in Havana.

Xiomara Reyes and Sascha Radetsky in Coppélia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Coppélia – New York

The three dancers who took their leave this week – Sascha Radetsky, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews – are all soloists. Each led a different cast of the company’s 1997 production of Coppélia.

Ballet San Jose flyer for the 2013 Benefit Gala.© Ballet San Jose. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – 2013 Benefit Gala – San Jose

This was an evening not to be missed. Newly appointed Artistic Director, José Manuel Carreño, made sure that the quality of the eighteen guest artists for Ballet San Jose’s Gala Performance would tantalise even the most skeptical dance fan.

Toba Singer and the book cover of Fernando Alonso, The Father Of Cuban Ballet.© Toba Singer and University Press of Florida.

Toba Singer, writer, on Fernando Alonso – The Father Of Cuban Ballet

Alonso trained the first generation of Cuban dancers, among who there were many standouts, but the most well-known in Cuba were the “Four Jewels” of Cuban ballet: Josefina Méndez, Mirta Pla, Aurora Bosch, and Loipa Araújo (now Associate Artistic Director of English National Ballet)

Full stage shot of the courtyard in Don Quixote.© Robert Shomler. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – Don Quixote – San Jose

The good news is that I had a very pleasant afternoon, mostly the result of the dancers actually having a splendid time on stage.

José Manuel Carreño.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Jose Manuel Carreno – former American Ballet Theatre Principal and freelance dancer

Toba Singer talks to José Manuel Carreño: “Coming from Cuba, with the Cuban school you end up with a very strong foundation because you train so much in technique and partnering. These are two things that were very strong from the Cuban school, but on top of that, there was a lot of attention paid to the theatrical elements…”

José Manuel Carreño and Alexandra Meijer in Don Quixote.© Robert Shomler. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet San Jose – Don Quixote – San Jose

The overall spirit is vivacious, the ensemble committed, on task and fully present. As this company moves along its new trajectory… there is every reason to believe that its partnership with ABT will be celebrated…

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

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