Born in Cuba. He began dancing at the age of 9 at the Cuban National Ballet School, where he won 2nd place at the International Competition of Ballet in 2009. Crespo joined The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Ms Alicia Alonso in 2009. During his five seasons with the company, he performed in: Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. In 2013, Crespo joined Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami where he performed leading roles in Le Corsaire, Firebird, and Spector of the Rose. He later joined Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson, where he performed many classical ballets, contemporary pieces, George Balanchine repertoire, as well as original works by IbAndersen and Nayon Lovino. His most memorable roles are Golden Idol in La Bayadére, Arabian pas de deux in The Nutcracker, and pas de trois in Swan Lake, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Western Symphony. In 2013 he joined Milwaukee Ballet, where he is now Leading Artist, and most recently danced Sinbad in Scheherazade, Karl/The Prince in The Nutcracker, James in La Sylphide, and Siegfried in Swan Lake. Crespo is now also a member of Ballet Arts Dance Company, where he has performed as a guest artist 2013 and 2019.
Cuban native Osiel Gouneo, although still quite young, is already a celebrity of the international dance scene and renowned for his jumping power and outstanding technique. Born in 1990 in Matanzas, Cuba, he began his training at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana in 2005. In 2008 he joined the Cuban National Ballet, where he was appointed a principal dancer in 2011. Afterwards, Osiel Gouneo danced with the Norwegian National Ballet for three years. With the beginning of the 2016/17 season, he joined the the Bayerisches Staatsballett as a principal dancer. He performed on stages such as the Coliseum in London, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Paris Opera and the National Theatre Japan in Tokyo. Besides his performances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Osiel Gouneo also guests as a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and numerous dance festivals and galas.
(Information as of February 2019)
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko, Michael Corder)
The Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty
The Moor in Petrushka
Prince in The Nutcracker
Prince in Swan Lake (Alicia Alonso, Derek Dean)
Prince in Cinderella
Basilio in Don Quixote
Franz in Coppélia
Des Grieux and Lescaut in Manon
Escamillo in Carmen (Liam Scarlett)
Debuts with the Bayerisches Staatsballett
Albrecht in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
Lead Soloist 1st movement in Symphony in C (G. Balanchine)
Solor in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
Title role in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Title role in Spartacus (Y. Grigorovich)
Grand Pas de deux from Don Quijote (M. Petipa)
Philostrat / Puck in A Midsummer Night´s Dream (J. Neumeier)
Basilio in Don Quijote (R. Barra/L. Minkus)
Dancer in Borderlands - Portrait Wayne McGregor (W. McGregor)
Abderakhman in Raymonda (M. Petipa/R. Barra)
1st solo couple in Jewels (Rubies) (G. Balanchine)
Günther in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Gaston Rieux in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Onegin in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko
Cuban dancer Yolanda Correa is a Principal of the StaatsBallet Berlin since 2018. She was a Principal Dancer of the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo from 2010 to 2018 and of Victor Ullate Ballet Spain from 2009 to 2010. Correa joined the National Ballet of Cuba Havana from 2000 to 2010 where she was promoted to Prima Ballerina in 2005. Her roles include: John Cranko's "Onegin" ( Tatiana ); Alicia Alonso's and K. Boyadijev's "The Nutcracker" ( Clara ); Alicia Alonso's, Anna Marie Holme's and Yuri Grigorowich's "Swan Lake" ( Odette/Odile ); George Balanchine's "Tchaikovsky Pas-de-Deux", "Piano Concerto", "Theme and Variations" and "Symphony in C"; William Forsythe's "Steptext", "In the Middle" and "Somewhat Elevated"; Victor Ullate's "Wonderland" ( Creation ), "Samsara", "Laberinto" and "L'Apres Midi d'un Faune"; Jiri Kylian's "Wings of Wax", "Petite Mort", "Gods and Dogs", "Bella Figura", "Stepping Stones", "Symphony of Psalms" and "Tiger Lily"; Marit MoumAune's and Cina Espejord's "Ghosts"; Paul Lightfoot's and Sol Leon's "Same Difference" and Patrice Bart's "Swan Lake" ( Odette/Odile ).
Correa was born in Cuba and began dancing at a very young age. She joined the Vocational School of Art Holguin from 1992 to 1997 and she trained at the Cuban State Ballet School Havana from 1997 and on graduating in 2000 she entered the National Ballet of Cuba.
Correa has appeared as a guest artist with companies around the world: Royal Swedish Ballet Stockholm, Ballet of Teatro di San Carlo Napoli, The Kremlin Ballet Moskow, Ballet of Kazan, Compania Nacional de Danza Madrid. Her awards include: "International Meeting of Ballet Academies" ( 1999 Winner ); "Grand Prix Giuliana Penzi" ( 2010 Winner ); "Premio Positano" ( 2012 Best Female Newcomer ); "Wilhelmsen Holding ASA Company Awards for Opera and Ballet" ( 2014 Winner ); "Prix Benois de la Danse" ( 2014 Nomination as Best Female Dancer ).
Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon. Many of her roles have been captured on DVD. She has created numerous roles in Infra, Asphodel Meadows, 'Diana and Actaeon' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Human Seasons, Tetractys, Acosta's Carmenand Multiverse, among other works.
Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra.
Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005, 2012 and 2018 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, Ballet Argentino de La Plata and Australian Ballet, and in galas around the world.
He studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón with the teachers Rosmarie Achard, Wasil Tupin, Enrique Lommi and especially under the tutelage of Rada Eichembaum.
At the age of 16 he began his professional career and was assuming throughout his career the leading roles of works such as "Giselle", "La bayadera" in the version of Natalia Makarova, "The Nutcracker" in the version of Rudolf Nureyev, " La fille mal gardée ”and“ Sylvia ”by Frederick Ashton,“ Romeo and Juliet ”by K. MacMillan,“ Onegin ”by Cranko,“ Raymonda ”,“ Coppelia ”,“ Paquita ”,“ El corsario ”,“ Sleeping Beauty "By Peter Wraight," Don Quijote "by Zarko Prebil," Notre dame de Paris "by French choreographer Roland Petit," Romeo and Juliet "," Adagietto "and" Petrushka "by Oscar Araiz," Estaciones Porteñas "and" Ecos " by Mauricio Wainrot, "Carmen" by Alberto Alonso. "Serenade", "Symphony in Do", "Who cares" and "Apollon" by George Balanchine. He has been invited by Raquel Rossetti to Seven Editions of the Miami International Ballet Festival. He was chosen by the Clarín newspaper as a Figure of the Dance. He has received the José Neglia Prize and was awarded the Konex Prize for the best Argentine dancers of the last decade. Invited by the Santiago de Chile Ballet, he participated in Ricardo Bustamante's “The privateer.” For the 10th “World Ballet Stars” Festival held in Ukraine he performed the ballet “Don Quijote” with Maricel De Mitri. He participated in numerous international galas He accompanied SImona Noja in galas in Austria and Germany.
Together with María Jiménez they performed the “Giselle” ballet in Santander and Madrid
In Richmond, United States "Don Quijote" with Silvina Perillo.
In 2007 he made the “Colors of Dance” tour in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. In Israel he appeared as director and choreographer of the Ballet Tango Buenos Aires group. He created "Three love stories with a river ending" ballet in two acts. Then he created for the Bicentennial of the homeland "Ode for an immigrant." On May 24, 2010 he starred with Silvina Perillo the third act of "Swan Lake" for the reopening of the Teatro Colón. He also worked as Professor of the Higher Institute of Art of the Colón Theater.
He won the "María Ruanova" Award for his brilliant artistic career. He worked in Italy during two summer seasons for the Verona Arena, as First dancer he performed the works "La Strada" in the role of Zampanó and in the tribute to Roland Petit, where Denis Ganio created him "Il Bambino di Vetro", about the last days of the life of the Russian composer. In his last years as an interpreter, he played the roles of Strauss in the choreography of "Cinderella" by Renato Zanella, Ali in "The Corsair" of Holmes, Lescou in "Manon" Orion in "Silvia" of Ashton and the role of Onegin in Cranko's work.
Choreographer Natalia Horecna created the work “Illusionary walls” in Vienna for him. Summoned by Marianela Nuñez they danced together on several international tours and galas as in the complete productions of the “Giselle” “Onegin” and “La Alegre widow” ballets.
He has been teacher at the Ballet Academy at the Vienna Opera and has replaced and created works for the Jungen Ballet Company of the same theater. And in the same city he was with the Volksoper theater company as a guest teacher.
He was artistic advisor of the Teatro Argentino de la Plata.
Ballet master of the Colón theater in Buenos Aires.
He also works in Milan as a maitre of the Alla Scala de Milano , also teacher invited by the Opera of Rome and the Royal Ballet of London.
Dancer Argentine, born in 1967, and belonging to a family of musicians. He began his dance studies at age 10 under the tutelage of Wasil Tupine, and expanded his training at the school of the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, where joined in 1979 and made his entire career. He made his debut with the Ballet Argentino of la Plata. He was a dancer of the Teresa Carreño Foundation of Caracas, and in 1985 became part of the Ballet of the Teatro Colón. In 1987, he began his international career as a guest dancer of the Ballet of Los Angeles, and a year later joined the English National Ballet Dancer as a star. Since 1991 has been guest principal dancer in various companies, including the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, of the Kirov Ballet, the Ballet of Novosibirsk, the Stanislavsky Ballet, the Scala Theatre, the Ballet of the Opera of Rome, the Universal Ballet and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He won the gold medal in the category Senior of the XIII contest international of Ballet de Varna (1988)
Born in Cuba, Javier is considered one of the best Cuban dancer of his generation. His presence on stage has been described as ‘nothing short of mesmerising’. He has performed in more than 29 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, with a vast career of more than 20 years, he has danced in many important stages around the world among big international ballet stars.
Caridad Martinez Graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba. She studied with, Fernando & Alicia Alonso, Joaquin Banegas, Azary Plisetski, Ramona de Saa, Karemia Moreno, and Jose Pares. As principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba she performed in the most important theaters in Europe, North and South Americas and Asia, with a repertory that included Coppelia, Las Fille Mal Gardeé, La Sylphide, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, Les Corsaires, Apollo, Papillon and Times Out of Mind. Works created specifically for her included Plasmasis, Muñecos, Dolores Santa Cruz en Cecilia Valdes and Cimarron, among others.
After leaving the National Ballet of Cuba, Martinez created and led The Havana Ballet Theater through a theater creative concept that transformed the performing arts in Cuba during the 80s. She also went on to choreograph for the Hispanic Heritage Awards, and for the acclaimed Julian Schnabel film Before Night Falls. She coached La Joven Guardia group, integrated by the most talented young Cuban dancers, under the direction of Laura Alonso. Martinez was also Director of the Cuban Ballet School in Veracruz, Mexico and was distinguished with the honorary membership of the Dance Educators of Mexico and Dance Educators of America. She has received numerous awards for her dance and theater choreographies, including an award from The Association of Writers and Artists in Cuba for two consecutive years.
In New York, Martinez has shared her expertise as Director of the Brooklyn Ballet School and Conservatory, Director of the Ballet & Curriculum Training Program at Ballet Hispanico, and faculty and Summer Program Director at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She has guest taught for the Alberta Ballet School in Canada, Annarella Conservatory in Leiria, Portugal and Goh Academie School in Vancouver, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and most recently as special guest of JKO School Director, Cynthia Gregory, to share the Cuban Ballet Methodology with teachers and students at the Raising the Barre series at ABT, as well as been featured in Pointe Magazine.
Martinez currently serves as faculty member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ailey/Fordham and Certificate programs, coach of Classical works for Dance Theater of Harlem, serves on the board of Ballet Beyond Borders and is working on an oral history project about her life and career under the auspices of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU with Elizabeth Schwall.
Catherine Zuaznabar Mejias, born in Havana,Cuba
Graduate from the Cuban National Ballet School where she later joined the ranks of the Ballet National of Cuba (BNC). During 5 years of professional career in this institution, she reached the category of first soloist, playing leading roles in the classical repertoire, including her complete version of Swan Lake in 1997.
That same year, her desire to know and open herself to other horizons led her to Switzerland, where for 18 years she worked as a soloist at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, performing great classics such as Boléro, Bhakti 3, Le teck, Seraitce la mort? among others.
After 23 years of professional career Catherine decides to pass on her knowledge and inspire new generations of dancers.
Since 2015 Catherine is a certified teacher of STRETCHING POSTURAL (R) .