CEN/Ballet Cuba
CEN/Ballet Cuba

Famous Ballerina Dies Of Cancer

Famous ballerina Marta Garcia has passed away after a four-year battle with cancer.


The renowned Cuban dancer died aged 68 in Spain this week after suffering from lung cancer.


Former colleagues made the sad announcement and said they would now set about remembering the special woman and paying their respects to her and her illustrious career.


Alberto Garcia Castano, director of the ballet centre in Madrid, Spain, where she worked as a teacher said the dancer's remains will stay in Spain as it was her wishes that she "had her ashes stay with her mother, who is here, in Spain".


He said she had put up a brave fight against the killer illness for the past four years but last Tuesday she had deteriorated drastically.


She was taken to hospital last Wednesday and died at the weekend.


Marta Garcia was born in the neighbourhood of Guanabacoa, in the Cuban capital Havana, and was the first ballerina in the Cuba National Ballet. She was considered by teachers as a "young star" and one of the best ever seen in the capital.


She started her career as a dancer when she was just a child, in the school of Ana Maria. She then danced for the first time at the Teatro Infante, San Isidoro de Holguin, in 1954 and was also a TV star, appearing as a dancer on many children's shows.


She went on to enjoy a fruitful career as a ballet director at the Teatro Colon Ballet in Buenos Aires in Argentina and also worked as a university professor teaching dance at the Juan Carlos I University in Spain.