Raul Castro congratulates Cuban ballerina Viengsay Valdés

Premier dancer and Director of the Cuban National Ballet Company Viengsay Valdéz. Photo: PL

Havana, January 30 (RHC) - The First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party’s Central Committee, Raúl Castro, has congratulated premier dancer Viengsay Valdés for her recent appointment as Director of the Cuban National Ballet Company (BNC).

‘That responsibility, which you have earned for your talent, effort, discipline and prestige, should continue the legacy of the Cuban ballet school and the cultural work of the Revolution,’ said the leader in a letter delivered to the artist by Deputy Culture Minister, Fernando Rojas. The letter was read in front of all company workers and Cuban Writers and Artists Association President, Luis Morlote. ‘My most sincere congratulations on your appointment as Director of the BNC, the prestigious company that, in the hands of the always beloved Alicia Alonso, has been the pride of our people,’ says the letter.

According to Valdés, it was a surprise for her that encourages her and recognizes her effort developed in the career she loves. ‘Raúl has seen me dance on many occasions and the best compliment I can receive is his and my country's recognition as this encourages me in my new responsibility,’ said the artist. The premier dancer gave a keynote lecture yesterday at the University of Havana’s Master Lecture Hall about the identity of classical dance in Cuba.

First Deputy Rector, Dionisio Zaldívar, gave a special recognition to Valdés, ‘for her invaluable commitment and dedication to BNC and fostering ties between the Cuban ballet school and the University of Havana.’

Edited by Damian Donestevez



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