( b. Dec 27, 1914 Havana, CUBA - d. Jul 27, 2013 Havana, CUBA ) Male
Fernando Alonso was a Cuban ballet master and teacher who teamed with his brother and his wife at the time, the ballet star Alicia Alonso, to found a dance company that gained international renown as the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Mr. Alonso served as general director and became an innovative teacher by combining his understanding of physics, kinesiology and anatomy with traditional ballet training. He was considered instrumental in developing the Cuban style of ballet, which seeks to imbue classical rigor with the physicality of Latin dance.
In 1938 Mr. Alonso joined Mikhail Mordkin's ballet company and danced in Broadway comedies. He then joined Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Caravan, where he danced in Eugene Loring's "Billy the Kid" to music by Aaron Copland. Meanwhile he took classes at the School of American Ballet under Pierre Vladimirov, Anatole Vilzak and George Balanchine. He and Ms. Alonso joined Ballet Theater (since renamed American Ballet Theater) in 1940.
They returned to New York in time for the 1944-45 season with Ballet Theater. Mr. Alonso danced in "Swan Lake" and Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" and became a soloist with Ballet Theater before returning to Havana to devote himself to teaching in 1948.
Source: The New York Times obituary