Ramon Moreno School of Ballet (RMSB) specializes in the Cuban training style based on the Vaganova method, which is renowned for its athleticism, passion and grace. The Cuban Style is an authentic movement of classical ballet with influences from major schools of ballet - French, Italian and Russian. It emphasizes dancing with the entire body and promotes harmonious movement between arms, legs and torso. It is very clean and precise, yet not stiff. The Cuban influence brings a more emotional and romantic feel, with attentive partnering and expressive choreography. It is also changing the face of modern ballet with superb technique and impeccable footwork. RMSB provides world-class ballet instruction in the tradition of the Cuban method. Our faculty members are highly qualified instructors and world renowned artists in their craft.
The Cuban method was developed by the synergistic work of three influential and groundbreaking artists who developed their craft through master expression: Fernando Alonso, Alberto Fernando and Alicia Alonso.
Fernando Alonso is a master teacher who was able to guide dancers to a higher level of personal expression and technical vocabulary, thereby enhancing the emotional spectrum of the piece. To draw the best from his students, Fernando studied and integrated the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, anatomy of the body and performance in his teaching. Together with Fernando’s teachings, master choreographer, Alberto Alonso, created stunning new dance languages and new interpretations of classical pieces. Alicia Alonso is a world famous dancer and Prima Ballerina Assoluta who possessed the technical proficiency, spirit and dedication to bring ballet to an entirely new level of art form.
Fernando Alonso's studies in France, Italy, Denmark, Russia and Britain formed the basis of his own methodology. The trio of Fernando, Alberto and Alicia Alonso form the founding triumvirate of the Cuban National Ballet School. Their work slowly evolved to what we know today as the Cuban method of ballet.
The Cuban method has its origins in the Russian Vaganova style. As with other schools of ballet, the torso is the very foundation of all movement; therefore, the dancer's torso is trained to be strong and well aligned. Movements are then achieved through control of the inner core, producing action which is clean and precise, yet not rigid. However, the Cuban method diverges from other methods in that it has a romantic, more expressive feel that also combines high Russian extensions and jumps with intricate Italian footwork, French arm artistry and British attention to detail. Of special importance is the emphasis in the work of the pas de deux, where the couple dances in tight synergy. Communication between the couple is heightened through expression and drama. Unison and harmony of the couple is achieved through a true connection, through the eyes, the face, the arms and the hands. All aspects...the physical, emotional and spiritual...fuse to create a style of ballet which is like no other. The intent of the Cuban method, also known as the “Alonso Method”, was to create an ideal amalgamation of ballet, merging the best parts of the other ballet styles turning the dancer into an aesthetically perfect figure.
Cuban trained dancers and students of the Cuban method are highly sought after throughout the world and achieve marquee status with prominent ballet companies internationally.