Danza Voluminosa

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Danza Voluminosa
MovementCuban culture
Performing arts
Modern dance

Danza Voluminosa is a professional dance troupe composed exclusively of obese dancers, founded by choreographer and dancer Juan Miguel Mas in 1996.[1][2] Although originally faced with ridicule, the troupe has become more popular over decades of activity, and have even performed in the National Theatre of Cuba.[3][4]

Most dancers with Danza Voluminosa have been women, but historically the troupe has included male dancers from time to time.[5] The troupe was the subject of a Canadian documentary Defying Gravity, in 2004. They are particularly well-known for their humorous rendition of Swan Lake.[3]


  1. ^ verasng@st (2016-01-20). "In Pictures: Dancing with Cuba's Danza Voluminosa". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  2. ^ Maselli, G. (2005). L'Avana e il meglio di Cuba (in Italian). Tecniche Nuove. ISBN 9788848117876.
  3. ^ a b Jr, James C. McKinley (2007-07-30). "A Super-Size Troupe Leaps From Ridiculous to Sublime". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  4. ^ Berry, Ms Bonnie (2012-12-28). The Power of Looks: Social Stratification of Physical Appearance. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 9781409491439.
  5. ^ Brenner, Philip; Jiménez, Marguerite Rose; Kirk, John M. (2008). A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 329. ISBN 9780742555075.

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