Roberto Sifontes led the first Gotta Dance Friday of the Spring 2018 semester in one of Gordon Wilson Hall's dance studios. His class focused on classical partnering in ballet, as seen in pictures to the right. Mr. Sifontes was born in Cuba. He received his training at the Professional School of Arts in Camaguey, Cuba.
After graduating in 1989, he joined the Ballet of Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. Mr. Sifontes joined the Contemporary Ballet of Caracas in 1996 as a principal dancer.
As a professional dancer he has appeared in many parts or the world, including Mexico, Jamaica, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Yugoslavia (Sarajevo), Europe, and the Middle East. He has also appeared as a guest artist with American Ballet Theater in 2001 in Don Quixote. He won a special Certificate of Commendation in recognition of participation in Youth America Grand Prix 2001 in Boca Raton, Florida.
His repertory includes the leading male roles in Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardée, Diana and Acteon, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Flame of Paris, Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker, pas de trois in Swan Lake, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Carmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spring Waters pas de deux, Spartacus pas de deux, Conflicts pas de deux, Jonathan in Dracula, Cinderella, Fairy Doll pas de trois, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Zuniga in Carmen, Raul in Phantom of the Opera, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
Mr. Sifontes is also a ballet teacher and a choreographer. He joined Kentucky Ballet Theatre in 2001. He has been part of Ballet Under the Stars with the company for 13 years. He is married to KBT company dancer Anna Patsfall.
Biography courtesy of Kentucky Ballet Theatre.