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The dance of elegance


The first danzón titled Las Alturas de Simpson, created by Matanzas musician Miguel Faílde, is considered the national dance and intangible heritage of the Cuban nation. The work owes its name to the homonymous Matanzas neighborhood and gave rise to the dance known as danzón (or habanera). The public danced it for the first time on January 1, 1879, in the old Liceo Artístico y Literario de la Atenas de Cuba (today Sala White).