Fernando Alonso (dancer)

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Fernando Alonso
Born Fernando Juan Evangelista Eugenio de Jesús Alonso Rayneri
(1914-12-17)17 December 1914
Havana, Cuba
Died 27 July 2013(2013-07-27) (aged 98)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation Ballet
Spouse(s) Alicia Alonso (1937-1975; divorced); 1 child
Current group Cuban National Ballet (1948–2013)
Former groups American Ballet Theatre (1940–48)

Fernando Alonso (17 December 1914[1] – 27 July 2013) was a Cuban ballet dancer and co-founder of the Cuban National Ballet.

Born Fernando Juan Evangelista Eugenio de Jesús Alonso Rayneri[2] in Havana, Cuba in 1914, Alonso began his career in 1935.[3]

In 1937, he traveled with his brother and wife Alicia to the United States. In 1940, he and Alicia joined the American Ballet Theatre, where they remained until 1948. They returned to Havana and were part of a group called the Ballet Alicia Alonso. It later became the National Ballet.[3] In 1975, after he and Alicia divorced, he took control of the ballet in the city of Camagüey. In 2000, he was awarded Cuba's National Dance Prize for lifetime achievement.[3]

On 27 July 2013, Cuba's state television announced his death at the age of 98. No cause was specified.[3]

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  1. ^ Octavio Roca, Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov (2010). Cuban Ballet. Gibbs Smith. p. 48. ISBN 1-4236-0758-9. 
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica biography. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cuban ballet co-founder Fernando Alonso dies at 98". Star Tribune. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.