I'm combining topics to avoid future confusion - here are some posts from another topic:
The Imperious Vision of Cuba's Other Ruler-for-Lifemore
by ERIKA KINETZ
Feb 6, 2005
the New York Times
But despite Ms. Alonso's efforts to keep up appearances, her empire shows signs of crumbling beneath her. The company's repertory is so static - a lovely but unchanging iteration of "Giselle," "Swan Lake," "Don Quixote" and "Coppélia" - that one of her top dancers says he has resorted to making up steps to keep himself entertained. The Cuban choreographers who once worked with the company have, for the most part, left or retired, and the company says it can't afford the work of innovative international choreographers like Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe. Ms. Alonso's own choreography, in its worst moments, is a bit of a bad joke.
We owe it all to Castro
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian
published: August 3, 2005
This national enthusiasm partly explains why Cuba is so rich in male talent. In other countries ballet is still regarded as an eccentric vocation for boys, but in Cuba, Alonso says: "If a father sees that his son has talent he feels no conflicts. He is glad, his son will have a career and a future, just as if he was a doctor or a lawyer."
It has been reported that Cuban dancer Rolando Sarabia has requested political asylum in the US.
Cuban ballet dancer to seek asylum in U.S.
Miami, Aug 10 (EFE).- Rolando Sarabia, the star of Cuba's Ballet Nacional, is in the United States and plans to request political asylum, people close to the dancer said Wednesday.
Another link (in Spanish): http://iblnews.com/story.php?id=2260