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A Chat with the Authors of "Home to Havana"

A reporter and photographer from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune took their first trip to Cuba recently. Dance critic and arts writer Carrie Seidman and photographer-videographer Elaine Litherland covered a Sarasota ballet troupe taking part in an international dance competition.

They documented the life of Ariel Serrano, who defected to the U.S. in 1993 and found his way to Sarasota. His 17-year-old son, Francisco, the only American ever to dance in the April event, followed in his dad's footsteps, and danced his way to the gold medal.

Click HERE to read their series, "Home to Havana," and view a video on their trip to Cuba.

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Credit Elaine Litherland / Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Unlike much of Havana's colonial architecture, the Cuban National Ballet School has been well-maintained. The three-story building is ringed with tall, narrow, shuttered windows on both the street and central courtyard sides that are left open to facilitate air flow in the studios, which are not air conditioned.