Alicia Alonso

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Date of Birth December 21, 1920
Place of Birth Havana, Cuba
Date of Death Oct 17, 2019 (98)
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Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso was a Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer whose company became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955. She is best known for her portrayals of Giselle and the ballet version of Carmen. From the age of nineteen, Alonso was afflicted with an eye condition and became partially blind. Her partners always had to be in the exact place she expected them to be, and she used lights in different parts of the stage to guide herself.

Born: Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad del Cobre Martínez del Hoyo, December 21, 1920, Havana, Cuba
Died: October 17, 2019, Havana, Cuba
Nationality: Cuban
Known for: Ballet
Notable work: Giselle, Carmen
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About Alicia Alonso

Noted Cuban choreographer and prima ballerina. She performed with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Vienna and Prague State Operas, the Leningrad Opera Ballet, and La Scala, playing such roles as Carmen and Giselle.

Before Fame

She made her ballet debut when she was just nine years old in a production of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.


After being diagnosed with a detached retina in 1941, she was never able to fully recover her vision in her right eye. Therefore, her dance partners had to stay in exactly the right spot on stage, since she used the lights to guide her while she danced.

Family Life

She was born in Havana, Cuba. She had a daughter named Laura with Fernando Alonso, whom she was married to from 1937 until 1975.


She and dancer Margot Fonteyn both became internationally acclaimed dancers.

Information related to Alicia Alonso

  • Prima ballerina assolutas
  • Cuban ballerinas
  • Cuban National Ballet dancers
  • 20th-century ballet dancers
  • Recipients of the Order of José Marti
  • Prix Benois de la Danse winners
  • Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Cuban emigrants to the United States
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Latest information about Alicia Alonso updated on October 19, 2020.

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