Cancun’s International Ballet Festival

 

Cancun’s International Ballet Festival celebrated its first edition this year, which took place from May 5th to the 7th at “Teatro de Cancún”.

The Festival provided the opportunity for ballet students from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and the United States to live and learn in the friendly atmosphere provided by the Mexican Caribbean, as well as to obtain scholarships in world-renowned ballet schools such as Master Ballet Academy, Miami City Ballet School, Cuban National Ballet School “Fernando Alonso”, Quenedit Ballet School, Rio de Janeiro’s Ballet Company, Central Florida Ballet, among others. Participants had the opportunity to take master classes with renowned figures such as Alice Arja (Brazil), Krista King-Doherty (USA), Lourdes Arnau (Cuba) and Adiarys Almeida (USA).

The opening ceremony was held on May 5, under the general direction of Lis Ríos Vega and the artistic direction of Mariangel Giraldo, accompanied by students of the Ballet Clasico Cancún dance school and recognized local artists such as Quintana Roo soprano Laura Chuc, flamenco dancer Lorena Allende and guests from the United States and the Cuban National Ballet School “Fernando Alonso”.

On the other hand, the Closing Gala took place on May 7, which attracted great international and national ballet figures to this city for the first time, like Juliet Doherty and Slawomir Wozniak (Phoenix Ballet), Adiarys Almeida (International Guest Artist), Aran Bell (American Ballet Theater, NYC), Jorge Barani (Kentucky Ballet Theater), Blanca Ríos and Argenis Montalvo (First Dancers, National Dance Company of Mexico), Sofia Alcaraz and Ricardo Díaz (Classical Dance Company of Quintana Roo), among others.

The purpose of the Festival is to provide greater opportunities for participants to continue their technical and artistic development, as well as to diversify the artistic and cultural range of the city of Cancun. All the functions were open to the general public, which was able to enjoy the classic and neoclassical expressions of the dance.

During the closing ceremony, more than 50 scholarships were awarded to different schools and courses in Mexico, the United States and Brazil. Over 5 boys benefited from these scholarships, and one of the young participants was invited to join the Phoenix Ballet in order to start his career as a professional dancer. From Mexico, most of the scholarships were awarded to students from the Ballet Clasico Cancún and Ballet de Monterrey dance schools.

 


 

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El Festival Internacional de Ballet de Cancún celebró este año su primera edición, la cual se llevó a cabo del 5 al 7 de mayo en el Teatro de Cancún.

El Festival brindó la oportunidad a estudiantes de ballet de México, Cuba, Colombia y Estados Unidos de convivir y aprender en el amigable ambiente que proporciona el Caribe Mexicano, así como aspirar a becas en reconocidas escuelas de ballet a nivel mundial, como Master Ballet Academy, Miami City Ballet School, Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba Fernando Alonso, Quenedit Ballet School, Cía. de Ballet do Río de Janeiro, Central Florida Ballet, entre otras. Los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de tomar clases magistrales con reconocidos maestros como Alice Arja (Brasil), Krista King-Doherty (EE.UU.), Lourdes Arnau (Cuba) y Adiarys Almeida (EE. UU.).

La función inaugural se llevó a cabo el día 5 de mayo, bajo la dirección general de la Lic. Lis Ríos Vega, y la dirección artística de la Lic. Mariangel Giraldo, en compañía de alumnos de la escuela de danza Ballet Clásico Cancún y reconocidos artistas locales como la soprano quintanarroense Laura Chuc, la bailaora flamenca Lorena Allende, e invitados de Estados Unidos y la Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba Fernando Alonso.

Por otro lado, la Gala de Clausura se llevó a cabo el día 7 de mayo, la cual atrajo por primera vez a esta ciudad a grandes figuras del ballet internacional y nacional, como Juliet Doherty y Slawomir Wozniak (Phoenix Ballet), Adiarys Almeida (International Guest Artist), Aran Bell (American Ballet Theatre, NYC), Jorge Barani (Kentucky Ballet Theatre), Blanca Ríos y Argenis Montalvo (Primeros bailarines, Compañía Nacional de Danza de México), Sofia Alcaraz y Ricardo Díaz (Compañía de Danza Clásica de Quintana Roo), entre otros.

La finalidad del Festival es brindar mayores oportunidades a los participantes para continuar con su desarrollo técnico y artístico, así como diversificar el abanico artístico y cultural de la ciudad de Cancún. Todas las funciones estuvieron abiertas al público en general, que pudo disfrutar de las expresiones clásicas y neoclásicas de la danza.

Durante la clausura se entregaron más de 50 becas para diferentes escuelas y cursos en México, Estados Unidos y Brasil. Más de 5 chicos fueron beneficiados con estas becas, y uno de los jóvenes participante fue invitado a formar parte del Phoenix Ballet, para iniciar su carrera como bailarín profesional. De México, la mayoría de las becas las obtuvieron alumnos de la escuela de danza Ballet Clásico Cancún y Ballet de Monterrey.

 

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