Rafael Quenedit Castro

Principal Dancer | Cuba | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2021

Rafael Quenedit Castro comes to Cincinnati from the National Ballet of Cuba, where he quickly ascended to the role of principal dancer.

He began his training in 2006 in Cuba at Escuela Elemental de Ballet Alejo Carpentier where he trained for five years. He then spent eight years training with the National Ballet School of Cuba. He graduated in 2014 and joined the National Ballet of Cuba as a corps de ballet dancer. Quenedit Castro was quickly cast in soloist and principal roles, before being named principal dancer at the prestigious, international company.

He has also worked with internationally-renowned choreographers including Alicia Alonso, Alexei Ratmansky, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Giuliano Peparini, Alberto Mendez, among others.

Sharing his art with dance lovers around the world has been one of his passions. He has performed lead roles in the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and several others.

Principal Roles with National Ballet of Cuba

  • Sawn Lake
  • Don Quixote
  • Giselle
  • La Fille Mal Gardée
  • The Nutcracker
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Carmen
  • La Bayadere
  • Cinderella
  • Theme & Variations

Competitions & Awards

  • Bronze Medal – International Ballet Competition in Havana, Cuba; Junior division.
  • Gold Medal – International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, South Africa; Junior division.
  • Gold medal – XX International Ballet Competition in Havana, Cuba. Also awarded best Artistic Performance; Senior division.
  • Winner at Amici Word Dance competition in Italy.
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