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Burdsall, Lorna (1928-2010) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Burdsall, Lorna (1928-2010)

Historical Note: Lorna Burdsall was an American-born dancer, choreographer and professor of dance who spent the majority of her professional career in Cuba after marrying Cuban revolutionary and politician, Manuel Piñeiro. The couple moved to Cuba in 1955 and Burdsall began her collaboration with Cuban dance companies, including the Cuban National Ballet. She then co-founded the Dance Department of the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, which preceded the Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, which Burdsall collaborated with for more than 20 years. Burdsall is most known for founding the avante garde dance troupe, Así Somos (The Way We Are), which pioneered the modern dance movement in Cuba. In 2008, Burdsall was awareded the Cuban National Dance Prize for her contributions to the artform in Cuba. Lorna Burdsall died in Havana, Cuba in 2010.

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