Escuela Nacional de Ballet


The neoclassical Escuela Nacional de Ballet, Alicia Alonso’s famous ballet school, overlooks the tree-lined Prado. The tickling of ivories and the tapping of dainty feet can often be heard amid the growling of the vintage cars outside.

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