A native of Cuba, I danced professionally in principal roles for over 14 years with the Ballet de Camagüey and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba under the direction of both Fernando Alonso and Alicia Alonso, before defecting to the United States in 1994.
Since arriving in the U.S., my career has been focused on performance and instruction, primarily through the operation of my southern California studio, The Blankenship Ballet Company.
I also performed in Miami under the direction of the late Fernando Bujones.
I teach dance as an art form that comes from the heart, based on Russian and Cuban ballet principles.
2013 – Present Teaching, Performing & Choreography Owner, Los Angeles Cuban Ballet.
Ballet and Ballet-based training classes at LA Athletic Club and Colburn School.
Independent Instruction, Performance and Choreography in various studios in Los Angeles, Redondo, and Huntington Beach, CA.
Special Master Classes partnering with professional dancers to enhance strength and performance.
1997 – 2013 The Blankenship Ballet Company • Ballet Instruction in Cuban methodology for children, adults and professionals • Performed as a principal dancer in several staged productions that included professional Cuban dancers from the entire U.S. • Choreographed and produced professional ballet performances as a company throughout the greater Los Angeles area
1996 – 1997 Redlands Festival Ballet Company • Ballet Instruction for beginners to advanced levels • Performed as a principal dancer in several staged productions in the Redlands, CA area
September 1994 Miami Ballet & April 1995 Performed in a professional company in Miami, FL with Fernando Bujones
1990 – 1994 Ballet Nacional de Cuba Danced in a large repertoire of roles during world-wide and national tours
1981 – 1989 Ballet de Camagüey Principal dancer for the company
Repertoire of Performance Roles Dying Swan Diana & Acteon pas de deux Ofelia solo Paquita pas de deux Swan Lake (Odette/Odile) Copelia pas de deux Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) Le Corsaire pas de deux Don Quixote (Kitri) La Fille mal Gardée pas de deux Carmen (Carmen) Concert in Black & White solo Giselle (Giselle) Principe Igor Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy) Cantata
In addition, I’ve performed in many contemporary, modern and folklore dances and cabaret.