Johannesburg, Oct 22 – Ramona de Saa Bello, director of the Cuban Ballet School (ENB) highlighted the pedagogical work of the Cuban institution in South Africa, a country where an important cultural exchange is taking place.
“We came here, invited by the Joburg Ballet Theater Company, and we have had a wide professional contact with South African dancers and teachers,” said the Cuban maitre, in a dialogue with Prensa Latina Tuesday.
“We have taught classes in a new project for children from 7 to 12 years old, an interesting program, with a lot of potential to develop,” she added.
Ramona de Saa is a ballet teacher, a founder of the current ballet teaching system in Cuba, a professor in the Cuban Higher Art Institute in Havana, with a lot of awards, now visiting Johannesburg, as much as Professor Elena Cangas, who assured South Africa has a great amount of children who can learn classic ballet.
“Children here have a special ability to learn, with a great discipline, very intelligent, a great musical ear, we might say, despite they are so little. But they can concentrate and everything is caught well,” Cangas said.
The Cuban National Ballet School is the biggest institution of its kind in the world, and has profesionally and pedagogically collaborated with other schools, in Angola, Argentina, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and other countries.
Other Cuban ballet teachers are also in South Africa, such as Professor Luis de Castro, Claudia Monja, Ramiro Samon, Javier Monier and Randolf Figueredo.
The Cuban National Ballet School keeps a high universal prestige, with international guidelines in classic ballet.
Source: Prensa Latina