Happy Birthday to Lupe Serrano, Prima Ballerina

Happy Birthday to Lupe Serrano, who first danced into the world on December 7, 1930, in Santiago, Chile.  Serrano was the first Hispanic principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Her debut recital was at her third birthday, when she insisted on performing for her guests. She studied with the Mexico City Ballet and in New York and Santiago.  Her dazzling performances graced stages around the world for half a century.  Serrano danced with the American Ballet Theatre for almost two decades, and her roles included the great classics as well as modern ballets.  After retiring from stage performances, Serrano continued to teach young aspiring dancers, commenting that, “I continue to be in love with this art and still haven’t lost my pleasure for the dance.”

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