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Thursday, January 03, 2008

La famosa Tia Mirta (The famous Aunt Mirta)

I recently found out that youtube has videos of my wonderful aunt dancing. My aunt, Mirta Pla, was a well known and respected prima ballerina from the National Cuban Ballet (headed by Alicia Alonso). I was thrilled to find this video which showed her at her prime. I forget how perfect she was at her craft. Here she is dancing the Pas de Deux Clasique with Jorge Esquivel in Varna, 1964 where she won a silver medal. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. I met Mirta's daughter. We were both students of English at the Escuela de Idiomas of El Vedado in Havana. I wish her and her entire family the best.

  2. Forgot to say that I met Mirta's daughter in 1984 or 1985. My real name is Julio.

  3. Muchas gracias Julio. My cousin still lives in Spain. I'll pass along your good wishes.

  4. You must be very proud of your aunt Mirta Pla, she was one of the best ballerinas that I have ever seen. I saw her many times in Cuba, when my parents used to take me to the theatre in Havana. I remember her in Coppelia, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. I recall vividly her debut in Giselle after she became Prima Ballerina. She was also very much loved as a person, for her kindness & thoughtfulness. A beautiful human being. We felt very sad when she passed away, but her memory will remain forever as the the sweetest and the best of all the Cuban ballerinas.

  5. Ismaelillo,
    Thank you so much for your beautiful words. My family and I have always been very proud of tia Mirta and I always felt my relationship with her to be extra especial because she was "Madrina" to me. I forwarded your words to my mom, her sister.

  6. Mirta fue mi bailarina preferida del BNC. En una oportunidad, al terminar una funcion, siendo yo adolescente, le regale una rosa y un poema escrito por mi. Me fui del pais. Vivo en EE.UU., y me gustaria saber si sus familiare conservan el poema que le escribi. Alguien me dijo que ella lo conservaba, pero no estoy seguro.
    Mi nombre es Leonardo Venta.


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