Alicia Alonso

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Birthday
21, 1921
Birthplace
Havana, Cuba
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
21, 1921 (age 96)
Birthplace
Havana, Cuba

About

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.

Trivia

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.

Associated With

She and dancer Margot Fonteyn both became internationally acclaimed dancers.