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Alicia Alonso was the prima ballerina in Cuba. She was worshiped the world over for her out of this world dancing, and later, the technical skill and beauty she has passed on to Ballet Nacional de Cuba, her Cuban school of ballet and national dance company.
Here, she performs the Act II Pas de Deux in one of her most famous roles — Giselle — with Erik Bruhn at Jacob’s Pillow in 1955. Watch the video on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive.

You can find hundreds of dance throwbacks and recent performances on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. Search by artist name, genre, or era – or test your dance history knowledge with the Guess Game. You can visit the archive Friday through Wednesday.

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Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)