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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba wins several awards at Ballet Beyond Borders contest



Havana, Jan 11.- Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC) today celebrates winning several awards in the Ballet Beyond Borders competition, held in the United States.

Young dancers from Cuba, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, China, the United States, Nigeria, Italy and Great Britain, among other countries, were the winners of the contest based in the North American city of Los Angeles, but carried out this year online. due to the situation generated by Covid-19.

The international jury of the event awarded gold medals to professionals Massiel Yedra and Leandro Molina (contemporary / Modern category), performers of the work Remembranza, by the choreographer Lizt Alfonso.

While a group of members of the LADC Youth Ballet won the gold medal for their performance in Agobio, a piece created by Diana Fernández and Risel Mayor.

The LADC Children's Ballet (students 10 to 12 years old) also won a gold medal for the performance of La Llave del Amor, choreographed by Angela Badell and Sandra Sardiñas.

Other professionals of the Cuban collective: Yadira Yasell and Luis Mario Miranda, won a silver medal with their performance in Remembranza, by Lizt Alfonso, while Helen Rodríguez and Aldair García achieved bronze with the pas de deux Seduction (Seduction), of the same choreographer and founder of LADC.

Students from 13 to 15 years of the Children's Ballet of the entity got another bronze with the choreography Flowers (Flores), by Laura Abreu.

All the pieces participated for the first time in an international competition, except Agobio, winner in 2019 of a Diamond Award in Panama, in the International Active Dance contest.

The Ballet Beyond Borders competition spans styles from classical dance to hip hop.

Almost three decades ago, Alfonso cultivated the so-called fusion style in Cuba, which brings together elements of flamenco, ballet, contemporary dance, folklore and dissimilar popular dances.

Numerous awards distinguish the work of LADC, which in 2021 will celebrate 30 years of its founding, in this capital, from the essences of the best of the dance tradition on the Caribbean island. (Text and photo: PL)