Notes of Cuban ballet around the world

Ramona Saá corrects the position a pupil from the school of Cuban Ballet in Sarasota, United States.

About ascents and promotions…

Cuban dancers Yonah Acosta and Alejandro Virelles were promoted to the maximum rank of Principal Dancer of the English National Ballet, second of importance in the United Kingdom.

Yonah is Soloist from 2011 of the English company that directs the Spanish Tamara Rojo, Benois’s dance Prize and first dancer of the Royal Ballet in London for many years.

In 2007, she won silver medals in the first edition of the Beijing Ballet Competition and the Grand Prix at the international meeting for the teaching of the Cuban Ballet academies. In 2008 he won gold at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition as well as in the Korea International Ballet Competition.

“The new face of dance”, thus listed by Debra Craine, critical dance of the daily Times British, debuted between the 23rd and July 27 in the role of Franz of the classic Coppelia, original from Arthur Saint León with version of Petipa.

Alejandro Virelles, for his part, was first dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, and at the time of his contract with the British company was soloist of the Boston Ballet of United States.

Born in Santiago de Cuba, Virelles studied ballet at the Academy of Arts Danzarios Vicentina in the Tower of Camaguey, and completed the second level in the National School of Ballet of Havana under the tutelage of teachers of the stature of Ramona De Sáa, Rosa Elena Álvarez and Adria Velazquez.

In the year 2011 was included along with Viengsay Valdés, Osiel Gounod and Dani Hernández in the list of the hundred best dancers in the world prepared by journalists and critics from publications such as Dance Magazine, United States, and The Toronto Star, Canada, as well as specialists from major capitals of different parts of the world such as Lisbon, Tokyo, Paris and New York.

Valued for his stylized and light, with noble dancer look despite his impressive ability of jumps and turns, Alejandro presented credentials so Tamara Rojo extended him a contract as Principal of the English National Ballet.

National school of Ballet in Mexico and The United States

Ramona De Saa (Cheri), Director of the National School of Ballet, alongside other prestigious Cuban teachers, guide Exchange for a month carrying five students of the latest promotion of the educational institution with the Cuban Ballet in Sarasota, United States.

Daniela Gómez Pérez, Diana Menéndez, Laura Tosar, Rafael Quenedit Castro and Fransua Llorente rise scene as part of the Show On Stage that present on 1 August in Sarasota different pas de deux of the classical-romantic repertoire of ballet.

Cuban youth and their American counterparts receive classes and Cheri corrections and instructed Cuban as Ana Julia Bermúdez, in conferences and lectures about Cuban ballet method, its present time and how that is taught in Cuba and Latin America.

Founded in 2012 by Wilmian Hernández and Ariel Serrano, Cuban Ballet in Sarasota school has obtained important prizes including the award for the most outstanding school in the American Grand Prix of Atlanta in 2013, and some of its students have been awarded in the American Dance Competition, the Junior ADC Grand Prix and four students of the ENB Youth American Grand Prix.

Others are also found in Mexico as part of the 11th international summer course in the Academy of Ballet of the Cultural Center Ollin Yoliztli, of that country.

Claudia García, Daniela Fabelo, Alex’s arms and Ariel Martínez, along with students from the Mexican Academy, offered three functions in the room Silvestre Revueltas – with capacity for 1200 people – from the complex on 26 and 27 July.

Created as a space for the promotion, cultural diffusion and artistic education in the southern part of the city, the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center opened its doors on November 27, 1979.