I had always heard that you could spot a Cuban anywhere, and I thought it was an exaggeration. However, after having experienced it for myself in a number of different circumstances, I think it is quite true; we Cubans actually do recognize ourselves easily, especially because of the way we move.
We are given away by the way we walk and gesticulate, and the way we look at and interact with others. The best example of that is how we dance. The immense majority of us dance well, as if we were born with the grace, sensuality and art of movement. As the heirs of African and European blood, we Cubans unquestionably have developed our own way of moving, and especially of dancing.
The art of dancing is the theme of this edition of OnCuba. We take a look at different dance companies, beginning with our emblematic school of ballet. You can learn about how a perfect equilibrium between the mind and body movement made Deborah Andollo one of the people who has dove deepest into the sea. We also offer a glimpse at those who have made their cars — the diminutive and unique “Polskis,” which I believe survive only in Cuba — into a lifestyle.
In addition, through other articles in this month’s edition, you can learn more about the city of Matanzas; admire the work of visual artist Rubén Alpízar; and find out about a new project for the Port of Havana, which is being overseen by the Havana City Historian’s Office and the State Working Group on the Bay of Havana.
As always, we invite you to stay tuned, make us part of your life, and move to the rhythm of OnCuba www.oncubanews.com, to come closer to the people of this magic island, who always have something new to talk about.