- Pro Danza
The Centro de Promoción de la Danza (PRO DANZA) of Cuba was founded at the end of 1988. The center is directed by the Grand maître Laura Alonso and is an offshoot of the specialized teaching department of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. The mission of PRO DANZA is, to promote the cuban school of ballet technique.
The specialized teaching department was created in 1985 to satisfy the demands for technical and artistic assistance which the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, as a dance company, could not meet Ultimately, due to its many successes The department changed its structure and reached new goals, becoming, in the process, the Centro Pro Danza of Cuba.
The main objective of PRO DANZA has been to establish a coherent methodology which allows dancers with professional goals to progress gradually from their initiation at the elementary level to their professional lives. They learn the necessary tricks of trade from the center's own scientific teaching system, which promote the Cuban school of ballet.
One of the center's most important programs is Cuballet – a comprehensive and intensive four-five-week course, during which the PRO DANZA system is applied.
The center has held many highly professional Cuballets not only in Cuba itself but also abroad, in countries such as México, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden and the United States.
Advanced, professional training for both foreign students and dance professionals interested in learning the PRO DANZA system is offered throughout the entire year.
Concurrently, the Centro Pro Danza has also developed a vocational school where its ballet technique is taught to amateurs, children and youngsters. At present, there are over one thousand five hundred students in this course.
The Centro also has a research program applied by specialized professionals in the following categories:
The School has one particular strong point: each year about one thousand five hundred students of all ages take part in these courses in community schools throughout Havana.
Its vocational program has proved most beneficial to students wishing to apply to the National System Schools of the Arts. For others, this course is the most direct way for students to discover various exquisite forms of dance. Others are led to develop a life-long aesthetic appreciation of the arts as a whole.
In the Vocational School, the courses are divided by categories:
The Pre Ballet Program represents a transitional step to preparatory ballet itself and an introduction to the analytic ballet program.
Children of eight years of age are given ballet teaching with two analytic programs according to their own individual needs:
Its main objective is to teach Cuban and foreign dancers the methodology and technique of the Cuban School of Ballet through the teaching system developed by PRO DANZA.
The program dansers includes:
The program for teachers includes:
In the beginning, CUBALLET took place in Havana only during the summer, but due to high demand coming from the world over, winter editions were also scheduled.
These courses are now given in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden and the United States with excellent results, and plans for further expansion are currently being designed.
In addition to developing CUBALLETS's intensive schedule, prima ballerina assolutaAlicia Alonso has given master classes, lending a great deal of prestige to CUBALLETS's program.
During CUBALLET, both
concert performances and full-length ballets are on the program.
In these performances, all students have the opportunity to dance according
to their technical abilities.
This course can be scheduled any time of the year.
participants will be submitted to an audition prior to the beginning of
the course in order to determine at which level they should be placed.
These students will receive training that corresponds to their technical
abilities and then they will take part in the performances offered by PRO
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Updated August 20, 2000
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