At RGNN, we’re getting excited to go to Cuba this winter. If you’d like to join us, there are still a couple of spots left for our TRAVEL JOURNALISM & PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP SEMINAR IN CUBA, taking place in Havana, the capital, and Trinidad, a 500-year-old colonial town and the most photogenic place on the island.
As we prepare our bags for traveling to Cuba, we’re always on the lookout for cool stories about the beautiful “Pearl of the Carribbean.” Case in point: a recent story published in The Huffington Post about Cuba’s ballerinas.
“In Cuba, the ballet is something of a national treasure. The dancers recruited into Alicia Alonso’s storied company Ballet Nacional de Cuba, for example, reportedly make more money than doctors and enjoy a level of fandom reserved only for pop stars in the United States. The Cuban government not only funds ballet training but also subsidizes tickets to ballet performances. Lovers of Cuban dance like to say the adoration and skill is in their DNA,” writes Katherine Brooks, author of the article.
She then goes on the interview photographer Omar Robles about capturing the shots of the beautiful ballerinas in the streets of Havana. “Over the past two years I’ve devoted my work almost exclusively to photographing ballet dancers within urban settings,” Robles wrote on his blog. “Cuba has one of the top ranked ballet companies, thus why I dreamt of visiting the island for a long time. Their dancers are just some of the best dancers in the world. Perhaps it is because movement and rhythm runs in their Afro-Caribbean blood, but most likely it is due to the Russian school of training which is part of their heritage.”
ROOSTERGNN obtained permission to republish some of the beautiful shots here. If you can’t stop obsessing over the ballerinas, follow Omar on Instagram @omarzrobles, we can’t get enough either! Great work and thank you, Omar!
This is probably one of my favorite images from my shoots in Cuba. While I was shooting Daniela Cabrera, this elderly woman got really close to her and just stood there watching her for the longest time. I'm almost certain she didn't even notice me shooting. It seemed as if she was reminiscing about her own youth. As she stood, I moved back to adjust my composition and include her into the frame. #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃 || #Cuba
I'm flying back to NYC today, but I leave a big chunk of my heart in this beautiful island. The more I travel, the more I'm convinced that it's not the sight that make the places special but their people. I'm thankful to everyone I've meet here for all their heartfelt hospitality. The Cuban people might be struggling in material but in culture and sensibility they've proven to be extremely rich. Thanks to all the dancers that collaborate me with me, you've all made me a bigger person through your generosity. I look forward to see you all soon in a near future. On this photo: Javier Rojas #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃|| #Cuba
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