Young Dancers of the Lizt Alfonso Company to Compete in Panama

Havana, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC) Youth Ballet will compete in the Danza Activa Internacional contest in Panama from August 30 through September 2, the company announced on Thursday.

Considered the most important dance competition in Panama, the event will take place at the Megapolis Convention Center in Panama City, with the participation of students from many Latin American countries.

LADC founder and Director Lizt Alfonso was a member of the competition jury during the previous edition of the event.

Spanish dancer Sebastian Linares Alcala, director and choreographer of the Empire of Dreams Dance Academy in Mallorca; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater teacher, Caridad Martinez, from Cuba; and Colombian professor of the Juilliard School and the Jeoffrey Ballet School, Juan Carlos Peñuela, among others, will serve as judges this year.

Several institutions will grant scholarships at the Danza Activa 2019 competition, such as the New York Dance Project, Jeoffrey Ballet School and the Julio Bocca Foundation.

During the intense rehearsals, LADC regisseur and choreographer Claudia Valdivia told Prensa Latina about the aim of exhibiting the range of opportunities the company offers through its fusion dance during the competition.

The Cuban delegation, aged 14 to 18, will compete in the modern/contemporary and flamenco/character dance categories, with choreographies by Alfonso, Claudia Valdivia and Diana Fernandez, and also by maestras Indira Alvarez, Risel Mayor, Daira Maria Jay and Yohara Garcia.

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Cuban Dancer Lizt Alfonso Prepares Work with Spanish Foundation

Cuban dancer Lizt Alfonso has announced Wednesday she is working with Casa Patas Flamenco Conservatory Foundation in Madrid on a show scheduled to premiere in Cuba on October 31.

The presentation is entitled Reditum and will be staged in a unique performance at Marti Theatre in Havana.

According to the statement, the general direction and choreography are in charge of dancer Jose Barrios, who prepared an exhibition with buleria, tanguillos, buleria by Solea, among other works.

In Barrios' opinion, this new piece will allow the public to return to their land, roots, people and customs, to embrace what will no longer return and what they yearn for, to enjoy small great memories which tear a smile off your face or nip your soul.

The pieces will be performed with live music by artists Isaac Muñoz (guitar and musical direction), Luis Dorado (percussion), Victor Guadiana (violin), Caridad Vega and Sara Corea (singers).

After this presentation, Reditum's tour is scheduled across the United States.

Lizt Alfonso is a choreographer of wide international recognition, founder of the company Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (1991) and appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF (2011).

In fusion dance, her work as an educator stands out, which led to the creation of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba School, winner of the International Spotlight Award from the United States Presidential Commission for the Arts and Humanities (2016).

Jose Barrios is a choreographer from Cordoba who since 2002 is part of the prestigious Maria Pages Company and has worked on shows such as 'Songs before a war', 'Seville' and 'I, Carmen'.

The Casa Patas Flamenco Conservatory Foundation was founded in 2000 to join all activities related to teaching, research and promotion of flamenco singing, guitar playing and dance.

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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba to Perform in Mexico

Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) With Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC), Mexico will vibrate, said that country''s Ambassador to Havana, Enrique Martinez, a few days before the presentation of the company in the National Auditorium.

With capacity for around 10,000 spectators, the Coliseum of the Mexican capital will host on August 9 the show 'Cuba Vibrates!' covering Cuban popular music and dances from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

In Martinez's opinion, the event realizes a wish that helps to further strengthen bilateral relations, because Mexico and Cuba are like a couple in love, and love is demonstrated, he said.

According to the founder, director and choreographer of the group, Lizt Alfonso, 'Cuba vibrates!' brings together the best moments of several shows such as 'Force and Compass,' 'Elements,' 'Wings,' 'Life,' 'Friends' and 'Heartbeat,' acclaimed in many countries' theaters.

Through fusion style and live music, LADC perform in 'Cuba vibrates!' a tour of those rhythms that have made history on the island from the 1950s to the present.

So the choreographies have cha-cha-cha, mambo, rumba and conga, in perfect harmony with Latin jazz, swing, rock and roll and flamenco, among many other styles.

Despite having performed in several cities in Mexico, LADC has never danced in the capital and its director considers a challenge to rise to a stage as prestigious as the National Auditorium, although she is very happy to represent Cuban roots.

This show is very special because it shows who we are, where we come from and how that distinguishes us from the rest of the companies in the world, said Alfonso.

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Cuban Ballet Group to Close 2016 Dancing in Cuba

The Lizt Alfonso Ballet of Cuba, a ballet group recently awarded with the International Spotlight Award in the United States, announced that it will close its 2016 performing season with a show called ''1..2...3...Everybody to Stage'' in Cuba.

All the generations of the ballet company including its professional current staff will take part in this show, in which the audience will be able to watch the children and adolescents dance.

The Avellaneda Room of the National Theater, will be the host of the show on December 9, 10 and 11.

Lizt Alfonso, director of the ballet company, received The International Spotlight for Arts and Humanities, from the hands of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The International Spotlight is awarded by the White House every year.

On the month of November, the institution held its 9th tour on the United States, during which they acted in cities such as Chicago, Lewisburg, Detroit, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and California.

The ensemble, founded 25 years ago by Lizt Alfonso, teacher and choreographer, has been applauded in over 200 cities around the world by its shocking style of fusion, mixing elements of flamenco, ballet, contemporary dance, folklore and different folk dances.

The company has been the only dance company of Cuba that has managed to act in the popular the Latin Grammy ceremony, and in the year 2008, won the International DORA Award in Toronto, Canada, for best choreography in a Musical Work in the year, with the show called 'Vida'.

The Lizt Alfonso Ballet Group seduced audiences over the world over when it appeared in the video clip of the song 'Bailando', composed by Descemer Bueno Cuban and sung first by the local duo Gente de Zona and later by the Spanish Enrique Iglesias.

For 2017 Alfonso plans to realize the world premiere of 'Latido', a work musically arranged on music composed by one of the leading exponents of Latin jazz around the world, the Cuban saxophonist César López.

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Cuban Choreographer Lizt Alfonso to Found Male Company

Cuban teacher and choreographer Lizt Alfonso always wanted to found a male company that defends fusion style and now that dream reaches its climax with the invitation of professional dancers to audition.

After conquering the most diverse scenarios in the world, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba held auditions for male dancers of 18 years and over next September at 659 Compostela St, between Luz and Acosta St, in Old Havana.

Applicants interested could submit their resumes from August 1 to September 2016, or send it by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Next to celebrate its 25th anniversary in October, the company Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is internationally recognized for the high technical-artistic level of its dancers.

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