Geurra, Ramiro (1922--) By John, Suki
Dancer, choreographer, master teacher, theoretician, and historian Ramiro Guerra is known as the father of Cuban modern dance, which he codified in the technique known throughout Latin America as técnica cubana. In 1959, with the backing of Cuba’s Revolutionary government, he founded the national modern dance company, now known as Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. Working with practitioners of ballet, American and Mexican modern dance, Afro-Cuban folklore, and nightclub cabaret, Guerra pioneered a new dance form from the many rich sources of Cuban movement. Guerra’s contributions to Cuban modern dance have shaped generations of dancers and choreographers.