Los Angeles Cuban Ballet

Bertha Suarez Blankenship


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.
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