As a former professional ballet dancer, I think this is marvelous that such opportunities are offered to aspiring ballet dancers. Alicia Alonso has done a tremendous job developing a fine and reputable school and company. It's important to maintain such excelence in a country's culture. I was given the opportunity to study in two wonderful schools; the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and Academie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo, and realized how essential and helpful it is to have good training. I will always cherish those experiences and be always gratful for those who guided me along the way.