Rodrigo Almarales

Principal Dancer | Havana, Cuba | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2004

Almarales 1102Rodrigo Almarales trained with National Ballet School (Cuba), National Ballet School (Mexico), National Ballet School (Canada) and Hamburg Ballet School. Rodrigo performed as a soloist from 2007 to 2009 with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany and was a top-seven finalist on Italian television show “Amici” in 2009. He spent the 2010-2011 season with Boston Ballet before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011. Rodrigo’s extensive performance experience includes full-length ballets such as The NutcrackerGiselleSwan LakeCinderellaDon Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty. He was a Bronze Medal recipient in the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2008 and in the Korea International Ballet Competition in 2009. In 2012 he was the silver medal recipient for the Helsinki International Ballet competition. He has performed in multiple international galas and has performed principal roles with the Mongolian National Ballet and the Tokyo Komaki Ballet. In 2016, Almarales staged an international ballet star gala, Ballet Royalty Gala, in Havana, Cuba. He is also the CEO and Designer of Improvedance LLC.

Sponsors: George & Kathy Wilkinson

Fun fact: Rodrigo has traveled to more than 25 countries!

Professional History

  • Cuban National Ballet School
  • National Ballet School (Mexico)
  • Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Hamburg Ballet School
  • Deutsche Oper Am Rhein
  • Boston Ballet
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Soloist, Senior Soloist, Principal

Favorite Roles

  • The Son in Prodigal Son
  • Mordred, King Arthur’s Camelot
  • Don Jose, Carmen
  • Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

Photography: Peter Mueller

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