Mr. Obama, tear down that wall!
In her news broadcast last night, MSNBC commentator/anchorwoman Rachel Maddow gave a righteous shout-out to the Cuban-expatriate (really “exile’ is the proper expression up till now) classical dancers who grace our major ballet companies — and oh yes, for good measure Maddow also notes sports figures!
Featured dance companies include: Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Classical Ballet of Miami, Cincinnati Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. The latter was an American pioneer in the hiring of exceptional dancers trained in Central and South America.
A name mention went, as well, to our great Cuban-born ballerina, the former New York City Ballet principal dancer and artistic director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez, a friend of arts·meme. This is the kind of television news we love to see!
Lourdes is seen below giving a big bear hug to her régisseur-colleague, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, at the premiere of Miami City Ballet‘s staging of Jerome Robbins’s “West Side Story Suite,” February 14, 2014. We can only assume that hugs went around the MCB studio yesterday at the news of the abandonment of the miserable Cuban embargo!