Castro's Revolution


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The Film

Filmmaker’s Web Site: Francis McElroy
Learn about this film and the work of Frances McElroy, co-producer/co-director of MIRROR DANCE.

Filmmaker’s Web Site: Maria Teresa Rodriguez
Learn about this film and the work of Maria Teresa Rodriguez, co-producer/co-director of MIRROR DANCE.


Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet
After leaving Cuba and relocating to the U.S., Margarita de Saá and John White founded their own ballet school, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Web site includes a history of the school and professional biographies of the founders.

National Ballet of Cuba
Originally a small ballet school founded by Alicia and Fernando Alonso, after the 1959 revolution it became a state-sponsored ballet company that has produced some the world’s best dancers.

Instituto Anglo Moderno
Ramona de Saá stayed in Cuba after the 1959 revolution and continued to dance with the National Ballet of Cuba, eventually becoming director of the National School of Ballet. Read her performance and teaching biographies.

Cuba Travel USA: Cuban Ballet Defections
The worldwide success of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba means that the dancers are able to travel abroad, a privilege unavailable to most Cubans. Learn about the “painful” defection of dancers who, after years of training in Cuba, join other ballet companies in the U.S. and Europe.

New York Times: On Separate Coasts, a Sisterly Pas de Deux
Cuban dancers, highly regarded worldwide, have become part of many of the top international ballet companies. Read about two other Cuban ballet dancer sisters who have dance careers on opposite coasts of the U.S. (October 9, 2005 article, fee required.)

Ballerina Gallery: Alicia Alonso
Read a brief bio and view stunning photos of the Saá sisters’ mentor Alicia Alonso, when she was a Prima Ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre.

Cubans 2001: Ballet: Cuba's Enduring Revolution
Read this in-depth article on prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, follow her life from childhood to the height of her career and her legacy.

The Ballet
Get ballet headlines and news, learn about famous ballets in the Ballet Encyclopedia and go behind-the-scenes with training, technique, history and performance in the Studio to Stage section of the site.

Ballet-Dance Magazine
This online monthly magazine covers ballet, modern dance and other forms of performance dance internationally. Read Reviews, interviews, features, view a photo gallery and participate in the forum.

Andros on Ballet
Peruse a collection of articles about ballet history and technique by teacher/author Dick Andros. See a ballet timeline from the 1500s to the present and read famous dancer biographies.


U.S./Cuba Relations

PBS: The Newshour: Cuba and the United States
This Newshour online collection of recent reports on the relationship between Cuba and the United States contains an interview with Fidel Castro from 1985.

Human Rights Watch: Families Torn Apart: The High Cost of U.S. and Cuban Travel Restrictions
Read this comprehensive 69-page report on travel restrictions by Cuba and the United States, with case studies and information on international law.

Central Intelligence Agency: Bay of Pigs
Read declassified CIA documents about U.S. involvement in the ill-fated 1961 attempt to stop Castro’s revolution.

The National Security Archive: Cuban Missile Crisis
Photographs, audio clips, declassified documents and more, are included in this thorough resource on one of the pivotal moments during the Cuban Revolution.

PBS: Think Tank: Life After Castro
Perspectives from pundits and scholars on what might happen to Cuba after Castro dies.

PBS: The American Experience: Fidel Castro
An in-depth look at the dictator and the political impact he has made on the world. Contains a detailed timeline of the 1959 revolution.

PBS: POV: 90 Miles
U.S.-based filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar returns to Cuba after leaving for Miami as a child, exploring the meaning of his family’s passage into exile.



Cuba, Between Reform and Revolution
by Louis A. Perez, Jr.
(Oxford University Press, 2005)

Dancing with Cuba, A Memoir of the Revolution
by Alma Guillermoprieto
(Pantheon, 2004)

Enduring Cuba
by Zoe Bran
(Lonely Planet Publications, 2002)

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics
by Aviva Chomsky (ed.)
(Duke University Press, 2004)


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