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Cuban ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso will head the tour of the company she directs, the National Ballet of Cuba, or BNC, to cities all around Spain from Sept. 16 until November 7, the artist told EFE.

Alonso, soon to turn 95, is currently immersed in rehearsals of the ballets the BNC will dance in Spain - with a brief getaway to appear at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

"We're going to Spain with great enthusiasm. It's been a long time since we've had the pleasure, the satisfaction of going there, but at last we'll be there and we're going to offer a very fine, very beautiful tour," Alonso said.

The artist said that this trip to Spain will open at Madrid's Teatros del Canal, a performing arts theater, where it will stage ballets until Oct. 4.

These days she is supervising the production of "Swan Lake," starring the company's prima ballerina Anette Delgado and premier danseur Dani Hernandez.

Alicia Alonso, a passionate defender of classical dance, said that works like "Swan Lake" and "Don Quixote," selected for the upcoming tour of Spain, are "both indispensable" in the repertoire of the dance company she founded in 1948.

The program of seven performances at the Madrid theater also includes the ballets "Les Sylphides," "Celeste" and "Carmen."

These works will be repeated throughout the BNC itinerary that will move on, starting Oct. 7, to such theaters as the Cuenca Auditorium, Pamplona's Baluarte, the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, and the Apolo in Burgos.

The tour will then appear in Leon, Zamora, Palencia, Oviedo, Barcelona, Soria and Aranda del Duero, before taking its final bow Nov. 7 in San Sebastian.