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Juan Sanchez

Juan Enrique Jimenez Sanchez was born in Cuba. At the age of 10 he joined the Academy of Art and Dance in Camaguey, Cuba. As a student he participated in various festivals and competitions in various styles including: classical ballet, modern, and Afro-cuban Folklore. He received a gold medal, a silver medal, and was recognized by the jury formed of Cuban teachers. He graduated from La Escuela Profesional de Arte with the highest grades, and received a diploma as an International Dancer, and teacher. He also studied the methodology and pedagogy of classical ballet. After the results from his studies he was selected by theArtistic Director of the National Ballet School of Cuba to join the “Teatro Nuovo di Torino” in Italy at the young age of 17 as a soloist dancer. In this company he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as, Carlos Acosta, Ariel Serrano and Antonio Aguila. He also worked with choreographers such as, Robert North, Luciana Savignano, and many others. In 1992 he joined the “Ballet de Camaguey” as a soloist dancer, under the direction of Fernando Alonso and former prima ballerina Alicia Alonso. There he was able to gain experience and dance a vast variety of repertoire. In 2005, he joined the “Bejart Ballet Lausanne”. His repertoire there includes, Wagner, Sherezade, King Lear – Prospero, Presbytere, and many others. During his time with Bejart Ballet, he performed on many great stages all around the world including, the Bolshoi Theater, Mariinsky Theater, Teatro alla Scala and many others, there he had the opportunity to share the stage with world starts such as, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maya Plissestskaya, Slyvie Guillem, Aurelie Dupont, and others. In 1996, he joined Victor Ullate Ballet as a soloist dancer. There he was recognized by choreographer, Gillian Lynne, to play the role of Mr. Mistoffolees in the musical Cats. He was asked to rejoin Bejart Ballet following the death of Maurice Bejart in 2007. Currently, Mr. Sanchez is sharing his knowledge and experiences worldwide.



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