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The National Ballet of Cuba, headed by legendary prima ballerina Alicia Alonson, will return to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA., Oct. 18-21. Last seen at OCPAC in 1998, the Cuban dance troupe will present two programs of classical dance. The first celebrates Alonso's greatest ballets, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and others. The second is a full-length staging of Coppelia.

600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesaa. Call (714) 556-ARTS or visit


The Alex has announced its 2001-2002 dance season. The theatre has booked such international troupes as Les Ballets jazz de Montreal, Sean Curran Company, Smuin Ballets/SF, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Laila del Monte Flamenco/Middle Eastern Fusion (Azahar).

Les Ballets will kick off the season Oct. 5 & 6. The company, now under the artistic direction of Louis Robitaille, has introduced neo-classical dance to go with its wellknown modern repertoire.

Sean Curran Co. will appear on Sun. Oct. 14 for one performance only. Irish step-dancing is this troupe's specialty.

On Jan. 30, 2002, Smuin Ballets/SDF will take the stage, for a single evening performance of its American repertoire.

Hubbard Street's turn comes Sunday, March 10 at 7 PM. Under the new leadership of Jim Vincent, the company specializes in the works of such European choreographers as Jiri Kylian and Ohad Naharin.

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Laila del Monte's flamenco team takes center stage on Sat. May 2 at 8 PM, exploring Spanish, Moorish, contemporary flamenco and Middle Eastern dances.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA. For tickets call Tele-charge at (800) 872-8997.


Balletomanes are still buzzing about American Ballet Theatre's recent visit to the Far East as part of the company's 60th anniversary. The cities visited (for the first time) were Singapore, Shanghai and Taipei.

In Hong Kong ABT presented three performances of Don Quixote and two of a mixed bill which included Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels, Lar Lubovitch's Meadow, and two selections from The Sleeping Beauty.

Also appearing in Hong Kong was the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which performed Balanchine's full-length A Midsummer Night's Dream.
One local critic said the opening-night performance was "splendidly danced and showed the company's excellence in all of its ranks."