Fernando Alonso (dancer)

Fernando Alonso (17 December 1914[1] – 27 July 2013) was a Cuban ballet dancer. He is a co-founder of the Cuban National Ballet and was part of the American Ballet Theatre company between 1940 until 1948.

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Juan Evangelista Eugenio de Jesús Alonso Rayneri

(1914-12-17)17 December 1914
Died27 July 2013(2013-07-27) (aged 98)
Havana, Cuba
(m. 1937; div. 1975)
Former groupsAmerican Ballet Theatre (1940–1948),
Cuban National Ballet (1948–2013)


Born as Fernando Juan Evangelista Eugenio de Jesús Alonso Rayneri in Havana, Cuba in 1914 to Matías Alonso Reverón and Laura Rayneri Piedra.[2][3] His father worked as an accountant and his mother worked at a local cultural institution, Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical, within their household the arts were valued.[3] By 1929, at age 15 both Fernando and his younger brother Alberto were sent to Mobile, Alabama in the United States, due to the country's political instability.[3][4]

He returned to Cuba in 1935 at the age of 21, and began his dancing career that year by enrolling in dance classes.[5][3] In 1937 he married Alicia Martínez del Hoyo, a teenage ballet dancer.[6] The new couple and Alonso's brother moved to New York City, hoping to begin their professional careers in the United States.[5][6] In 1938, their child Laura was born.[3]

He and Alicia joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1940, where they remained until 1948.[citation needed] They returned to Havana and were part of a group called the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company, where his wife co-founded her own company with him. It later became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.[5] He separated from Alicia in 1974.[3] In 1975, after he and Alicia divorced.[citation needed] He took control of the Ballet de Camagüey in the city of Camagüey, where he remained until 1992.[3]

In 2000, he was awarded Cuba's National Dance Prize for lifetime achievement.[5] On 27 July 2013, Cuba's state television announced his death at the age of 98.[3] No cause was specified, however his daughter Laura reported it was due to kidney failure.[3][5]

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  1. ^ Octavio Roca, Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov (2010). Cuban Ballet. Gibbs Smith. p. 48. ISBN 1-4236-0758-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica biography. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Slotnik, Daniel E. (2013-08-02). "Fernando Alonso, a Founder of Cuban Ballet, Dies at 98". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  4. ^ Cruickshank, Judith (2013-08-09). "Fernando Alonso obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Cuban ballet co-founder Fernando Alonso dies at 98". Star Tribune. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Cuba's Alicia Alonso: An International Ballet Legend". Panoramas. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2018-12-22.