It is a sad time for those of us who make the ballet world our home as classical ballerina Alicia Alonso now dances from up above.
The legendary founder of the National Ballet of Cuba died on October 17, 2019 in a hospital in her home country of Cuba at the age of 98. Alonso is a star amongst generations of ballet dancers, having made a name for herself around the world while dancing at Ballet Theatre (now, American Ballet Theatre) before returning home to Cuba to establish the country’s world famous company and school.
For many Alicia Alonso is Giselle, a role that one cannot speak about without referencing her. Despite battling the operations and vision challenges that accompany having a detached retina, Alonso went on to have a career in ballet that well outlasted the predictions of her doctors. Her passion for the art will live on through her mark in history and in all who are inspired by her.
Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as a journalist and audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet around the world.