For the American Ballet Theatre's spring gala, the trend of the evening was dresses with trains. My date was no exception, wearing a dress so tight and with such a train that three police officers had to help her out of her car.
On the stage is a figure in toe shoes and a tutu, one of the principle dancers of the American Ballet Theater which is visiting Havana. The audience applauds to delirium for a dance troupe that hasn't been in Cuba for 50 years.
Performed by ABT or not, Sleeping Beauty makes no pretense toward something new or innovative. It is a classic story ballet now more loved by audiences filled with first-timers and little boys and girls dreaming of their own days on stage.