On Tuesday morning we arrived at this ballet school in Havana to watch a group of young women rehearsing. The surrounding neighborhood gave no indication of what we would find inside. It was about 80 degrees outside, and only a little cooler in the darkened theater.
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|This is the apartment building on the left as we entered the Teatro Municipal de Marianao.|
|We arrived in the middle of rehearsal. Some of the beautiful old seats are broken, the ceiling is clearly leaking, but the dancers are stunning.|
|Rehearsing on stage, with the lights off and the windows open to keep things cool.|
|The theater is dark, but still quite warm inside. The dancers work without music, only following the voice of their teacher.|
|While the women practiced on stage, some men were dancing in a small classroom upstairs.|
|Focused and graceful on stage. Note the sneakers.|
|I was a little surprised to see a few of the women in shorts, not what you think ballerinas wear. They use what they have.|
|At the door to the theater, even the dog is a dancer.|