The director of the Joburg Ballet company, Dirk Badenhorst, expressed his deep solidarity with the Cuban people. As excellent, he described the relations of friendship and collaboration that he maintained with the National Ballet School of Cuba and the National Ballet of Cuba, institutions to which he sent a message of gratitude for their support and continued friendship.
When speaking on the current Cuban situation, during an interview with Prensa Latina, this outstanding dancer expressed his hope that the autonomy of each nation will be respected by the great powers of the world, alluding to the United Sates government and its interventionist intentions. He called for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years.
Dirk Badenhorst is an important figure in South African ballet and dance. He was a founding member and first CEO of the South African Ballet Theater, later the founder and director of the Johannesburg-based ballet and dance company, Mzansi Productions. He has been a judge in several relevant international ballet competitions. He is currently director of the Mzansi Ballet and representative of Africa for the Royal Academy of Dance.