Lino Dariel Piquero Bueno
Very young and talented bass player who started receiving awards since he was a student and participated in many national and international festivals, contests and events. Graduated from the National School of Arts on 2015 he has played and has been invited to record with well known Cuban musicians like Frank Fernández, Emilio Morales, Guillermo Rubalcaba, Alain Daniel, Pablo y su Elite. Currently plays with Alain Pérez’s band.
Amauris Arguelle Alvarez
Amauris Arguelle Alvarez graduated on 2014 from the Eladio Boti Art School in Guantánamo, his home town. He joined Medula Dance Company on 2015 and got to work as professor and choreographer with them. He also worked as professor and choreographer with the Alfredo Velazquez Art School from 2016 to 2018.
Amauris has perfomed at the most renowned venues in the country and has received multiple awards as a choreographer on the Ernestina Quintana International Choreography Contest.
Andrés Ascanio Pérez
Graduated from National School of Arts in Contemporary and Folkloric Dance on 2013. After graduating Andres joined Danza Contemporanea de Cuba Company and at the age of 23 became first dancer of the company. Since the end of 2017 is part of the cast of Danza Abierta now called MICOMPAÑIA company.
Throughout his professional career, he has participated in several tours to Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, England, Scotland, Mexico, Colombia, the United States, Russia and Canada, performing in renowned theaters and working with prestigious choreographers from all over the world Lilly Cowie, Jan Linkens, Fleur Darkin, George Céspedes, who have helped him improve his style and technique.
Janine is a british solo artist on the Jazz/Soul music scene and is a lead vocalist with the Westcoast Soulstars, the Cool Million Family and Urban Voices Collective and she works regularly in the music industry as a session singer. Her collaborations include: Ian Shaw, Paloma Faith, Bobby McFerrin, Take That, George Michael, Ray Davies, The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Sarah Jane Morris, David Arnold and the list continues.
Janine is adventurous and passionate about life in general. She was living and working in Spain for 12 years before returning to London to further her music/acting career. She trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and has played a number of roles in Theatre and TV, the most recent being; The Harder They Come, Blues Brothers and Midnight Beast (E4). As a singer/songwriter she has one Album; Strength, Wisdom and Growth, a freshly released EP called Passion with the second album due for release in 2016.
Luis Antonio Núñez
Luis Antonio is a talented graduate from the National School of Ballet who, as a student, participated on several national and international contests and inter-academy exchanges. As a professional dancer, with Prodanza, he has danced lead roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Garde, Romeu and Juliet, Dracula, The Sleeping Beauty.
Luis Palacios Gálvez
Congas and Percussion
Congas and Percussion
Luis Palacios Galvez graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in 1998 and joined the band Carlos Manuel and His Clan, touring to Italy, Denmark, USA, Jamaica, Peru and Mexico. He has also played and toured with popular Cuban bands like Bony and Kelly; Julien Oviedo and His Live Wave and Gente de Zona.
In 2008, Luis Palacios Galvez became a member of the band for The Kings of Salsa, which successfully toured throughout Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, USA and Germany. When he is not on tour, he is the Musical Director for the band JG.
We are thrilled to have an artist of his calibre in the band for Ballet Revolución.
Marcos Alonso Brito
Marcos Alonso Brito was schooled in electric guitar at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havanaand graduated in 1999. Marcos started his professional career in 2000, as a member of Afrocuba, a group which is recognised throughout his native Cuba and internationally.
Marcos joined the nationally and internationally renowned band Carlos Manuel and His Clan in 2001 and stayed with that band after they changed their name to The Clan, under the direction of pianist, Pedro Camacho.
He has been a member of the orchestra Gardi, the group Sugar Band and has accompanied the singer Leonie Torres. Marcos is in high demand as a studio guitarist and was featured as ‘Andi Montanes’ on Cuban and International recordings, many of which have earned Grammy Latino AwardsFurthermore he is an accomplished composer and arranger.
Marcos was lead guitarist for the shows Lady Salsa and The Kings of Salsa and is a valued member of the touring band for Ballet Revolución. When he is not touring, Marcos is Musical Director for Adrian Berazain in Havana.
Rachel Claire Matthews
Rachel Matthews is a London based singer-songwriter and actress. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. (The Stage Scholarship). Rachel wrote and is featured on the new ‘Cool Million’ Album “Stronger” with her track “Skintight” which went straight in at no1 on The UK Soul Chart. Her live solo work includes performances at the Isle of Wight festival, Ronnie Scotts, The Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican. Rachel has worked extensively in Theatre and TV. Her theatre credits include: “Daisy”in ‘The Secret Garden’ for The Royal Shakespeare company ( Stratford -upon- avon and West End). “Sheridan” in ‘Kombat’ for The National Theatre studio. “Princess Jasmine”in ‘Aladdin’ and “Gloria” in ‘Brassed off’ for The Lichfield Garrick. “Belle” in ‘A Christmas Carol’ for The Derby Playhouse. “Geminae” in ‘A funny thing happened on the way to the forum’, Regents Park. “Sweet Pea” in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, Hackney Empire. “Alice” in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for BAC amongst many others. Her Tv and film credits include guest lead appearances in Doctors (BBC) The Bill (Talkback Thames), All about me (Celador), One hundredth of a Second (Pistachio Pictures, winner Manhattan Film Festival) and is appearing in the forthcoming Monumental Pictures feature “How to build a girl” where she also co-composed the backing vocal arrangement for the title track. Rachel is an experienced session vocalist and a member of Urban Voices Collective performing at prestigious events in the UK and internationally including the 2012 Olympic Closing ceremony and BAFTA’s. Her studio and live work includes sessions for Paloma Faith, Muse, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Barry Manilow, Elbow, Andrea Bocelli, George Michael, Rita Ora, Sigma and more.
Raúl Abreu Milán
Raúl is a very skillful young dancer graduated on 2016 from the National Ballet School of Havana. Received several awards, participated on many festivals and contests as a student and his talent gave him a position before graduating at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba Company as Corps de ballet, soon becoming a soloist on 2017 and principal dancer on 2018.
He has performed several of the main roles of classic ballet, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mar Gardée.
With the Ballet Nacional de Cuba Raúl toured many countries of America, Asia and Europe performing on renowned festivals and galas.
Rayhner Lasserie Echegoy
Since graduating from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana in 1999, Rayhner Lasserie Echgoy has been in high demand as a drummer and percussionist in his native Cuba. He won first prize in the category drums at La Festa del Tambor in 2002, and was engaged for four consecutive years (2005 to 2008) working with numerous artists at the International Jazz Plaza Festival and in 2006 he also played at the Eivissa Jazz Festival in Balvard, Santa Lucia.
Rayhner has recorded CDs with many artists such as Dayron y el Boom , Israel Hernandez and Juan Jose Arguilles and Sunlightsquare Latin Combo and has performed with artists such as Rolando Luna; Emilio Morales, Jose Luis Quintana and Tomas Ramos Ortiz, to name just a few.
Rayhner, who is the grandson of one of the greatest Cuban voices of the 1970s, Rolando Lasserie, has been the drummer for many touring productions including Havana Rakatan, The Kings of Salsa and for the Australian tour of Ballet Revolución. It is a great pleasure to have Rayhner with us again for this current tour.
Roberta, born in Italy, Naples, started her ballet studies in Rome, at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza and after winning a contest and a two-month training scholarship came to Cuba where she enrolled full studies at the Ballet School graduating in 2014. During the following year she worked with choreographers Rina and Noa Wertheim, Lesley Telsford, Franscesca Frasinelli, Sumpey Nemoto while doing professional practice at the Dance Art Faculty in Rome.
On 2016 Roberta joins the Cuban ballet company Prodanza, performing pas de deux like Tchaikovsky, Paquita, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Giselle and main roles on The Nutcracker, Dracula among others.
Thommy Garcia Rojas
Musical Director, Trumpet
Musical Director, Trumpet
Trumpeter, Thommy Garcia Rojas graduated from the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán in the year 2000. In 2003, Thommy was hand-picked to become part of The Afro-Cuban All Stars and The Buena Vista Social Club, and was a member of the band for the recording of the CDs “Bajando Gervasio” and “Step Forward”, which were nominated for a Grammy Award and a Grammy Latino Award, respectively.
In 2007, Thommy played with Chucho Valdes, recording a CD with singer and entertainer, Charles Aznavour. Since 2008, he has been a part of the project Rhythms del Mundo, working with artists and groups such as Sting, U2, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay.
Thommy Garcia Rojas is an outstanding trumpeter and is held in great esteem in his native Cuba. Ballet Revolución is fortunate to have a musician of the calibre of Thommy as a member of the band for this touring production.
London born Weston Foster began his career as a drummer and singer. Weston was heavily involved in the London Brit-Funk scene back in ‘the day’ and worked with many visiting artists such as Randy Crawford, Womack & Womack, Sister Sledge, and Jimmy Ruffin to name just a few. In the mid 1990s he gave up playing the drums to become a session singer. Weston’s voice may be heard on TV & radio commercials as well as on tracks from pop artists such as the Pet Shop Boys, Matt Bianco, Supergrass, Joey Negro and Heather Small. As Weston has said about being part of Ballet Revolución: “Working with such a wonderfully talented ensemble has reenergized me. You cannot be half hearted around these guys. They give 100% at every performance, and so do I.”
Ernesto Fariña García
Lead dancer and Maître of the Laura Alonso Ballet Company. During his career as a dancer he was invited to perform on several presentations and galas in the UK, Brasil, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Among the ballets he danced on a lead role are Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote among others. Working as a ballet master at Laura Alonso’s company he has done the artistic direction on several occasions and restaged Paquita and Don Quijote. He has also been invited to teach classes in Mexico and Puerto Rico and is currently collaborating with the Ballet Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba.
Alayn García Méndez
Alayn García Méndez is a young graduate from the National School of Ballet on 2010. He started the ballet studies already as a child and being at school he won two medals on ballet contests.
Right after school he joined the Ballet the Camaguey Company and very soon he was performing soloist parts on ballets like Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire among other. With the company he toured France and Haiti.
Alex Yordano de Armas Pérez
Young graduate from the National School of Ballet of Cuba who was a bronze medallist participating as a student on the International Ballet Contest of Havana, 2014. Alex has performed soloist roles on various ballets: Swan Lake (the Buffoon), The Nutcracker (Mouse King), (Russian Dance), La Fille Mal Gardée, among others, on different tours and presentations of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Alexander Vinicio Melo Alvear
Ecuadorian martial artist and self-taught dancer who started competing on hip-hop national contests at 11 years old achieving the first place for several years.
At the age of 15 he began formal salsa studies and took part on various international dance events, the “Ecuador Salsa Congress”; the “World Salda Festival” in Cali, Colombia, the “World Latin Dance Cup” in Las Vegas, USA; the “Puerto Rico Salsa Congress” and the “World Salsa Championship” Miami, Florida, obtaning diferent awards and commendations as best dancer and choreographer. When he arrived to Havana, first studied at the National School of Dance and then the Higher Institute of Arts. He has worked with Ritmo Habana, Danza Contemporanea, Mal Paso and Danza Abierta and also teaches workshops and summer courses on several Cuban dance companies and at Fabrica de Arte Cubano.
Ariel Himeliz Mejica
As a young talented classical ballet dancer who recently graduated from ENA, Ariel started attending international contests and school exchanges at an early age. It was his participation in these competitions that led him to dance at the International Contemporary Dance Festival in France and as a guest of the Ballet School of Mexico. He reached third place in an international ballet contest held in Havana with the pas de deux Llamas de Paris and Talismán and he participated in the ballet festival of Calabria and Ballet Joven in Lima. He was trained by famous dancers such as Carlos Acosta, Svetlana Ballester, Alberto Terrero, Lieng Chang, Octavio Martín, Julio Arrozarena, and Victor Ukate. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Ballet Laura Alonso Company where he danced Dracula and The Nutcracker.
Barbara Lisandra Patterson Sánchez
Barbara Lisandra Patterson Sánchez studied at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte in Holguí and the Escuela Nacional de Ballet, with which she participated in the Mazatlan Carnivals in Mexico. After her graduation, she joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba Company for nearly two years, dancing all its repertoire and performing Nutcracker on a Canada tour. She also performed at the 21st Havana Ballet Festival.
Jennifer Tejeda Meneses
Professional contemporary dancer graduated as a dancer teacher from the National School of Arts on 2007. With more than 9 years of experience she is a enior dancer at Danza Contemporanea de Cuba company where she has worked with choreographers like: Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Jan Linkens, Theo Clinkard, Itsik Galily, Billy Cowie, Carlos Acosta, among other. She has also participated in numerous festivals in different countries, Migros Festival and Tanzfestival Steps in Switzerland; Festspiele Ludwigshafen in Germany; Sí Cuba! Festivals, USA and the Brisbane Festival, Australia.
Lázaro David Ramírez Junco
Graduate of the National School of Dance on 2013 as a contemporary and folklore dancer. He has been working with Rakatan Company on shows and festivals in Cuba and abroad such as Dance Encore Festival, Quebec, Canada; Spoleto Festival, USA. Other countries toured with Rakatan are Russia, Switzerland, Norway, England, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.
Marco Antonio Morales
After graduating from the National School of Arts on 2013, Marco worked with several dance companies, Danza Combinatoria, Havana Queens, Rakatán, and Proyecto Salsa, Mambo y Chachachá. He has taken classes with renowend choreographers like Kristian Estovind and Tonny Testa on contemporary and hip hop workshops held in Cuba. His interest on diverse dance styles takes him to be part of several dance shows performing classic, contemporary, folk and fusion.
Mariem Valdés Martínez
Accomplished ballerina graduated from the National School of Ballet of Cuba who has performed several ballets: Dracula (Mina), Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), Paquita (Paquita), Don Quixote (Kitri) and contemporary works like Zero, Moments and Big Spender among many others. She is a member of the National Dance Council of Cuba, and Principal Dancer of Laura Alonso’s Ballet. On 2011 she was a guest First Dancer at the Ballet Dance Company of Mazatlan, Mexico; she has also worked as head dancer and choreographer for Cirque Fantastique, Canada and Celestyal Cruises, Greece. Her performance has earned her excellent press reviews on several tours, festivals and events.
Nadiezhda Caridad Valdes Carbonell
Born on July 14, 1984 in the city of Havana, Nadiezhda Valdes Carbonell wanted to become an athlete and started with rhythmic gymnastics at the age of five. In 1996 however, she changed her mind and decided to begin a career as a dancer. In 2002, she graduated from the ENA as a dancer and modern, contemporary and folk dance teacher. Later, she joined the Danzer Contemporánea de Cuba as a prima ballerina for six consecutive years and participated in workshops with Spanish Rafael Bonachela, Ana Laguna, Mats Ek, and Anastasia Lyra, among others, as well as galas, festivals, national and international tours. She has performed in major theaters such as the Peacock and Sadler‘s Wells in London, Sydney Opera House, and the Theater Carré in Amsterdam. She joined the company Rakatán and is now part of Ballet Revolución.
Pavel Pérez Yanes
Since his graduation on 2014, Pavel has been working with the Laura Alonzo Ballet Company and is a soloist who has performed different roles on classic and neoclassic ballets like Dracula, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Suite de Carmen, Rosas Rojas. He has been on international tours to Mexico at the Tamaulipas Cultural Festival and the Mayan Culture festival, China and el Salvador.
Raul Barrero Montoya
Raul is a young contemporary and folk dance graduate from the Santiago de Cuba School or Arts. During his short professional career he has worked as a professor of dance techniques and repertoire at the school of Granma province and as a dancer with Bienadanza and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba companies.
Yeleny Aguirre Camacho
Yeleny graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in 2003 as a modern, contemporary and Cuban folklore dancer. She has toured Europe as a part of a cultural exchange with the Company of Santiago Alfonso and Habana Con Paz amongst others. She has worked for nine years under the direction of Christy Dominguez in the Cuban TV ballet company. Recently she joined the cast of the hit show Kings of Salsa and toured Denmark, Thailand, Turkey and the United States in 2011.
Yordi Yasiel Pérez Cardoso
Graduated from the art school in Cienfuegos province as a contemporary and folklore dancer he has worked with conTEMPOdans a Cuban-Spanish company, Identidad a project that creates musicals, he choreographed the dance-theater piece Marca de Agua that has been invited to several international theater festivals. He also worked with Havana Queens for a short period of time and then joined Ballet Revolución.
Yuniet Meneses Solís
In 2001, Yuniet graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte and passed with distinction in contemporary, folkloric and modern dance. His fi rst love of contemporary dance took him to one of Cuba’s best companies, the Codanza and Danza del Alma, where he became the lead contemporary dancer in 2003 and choreographed many pieces to great acclaim. As a member of Danza del Alma, he received two awards as best male performer in the international »Solamente Solos« contest in Holguín, Cuba. With his great love of music and Cuban rhythms, he played as percussionist in the Arter Ego band. He then worked with Corpus Espiritu Alma Company, led by Tangin Fong, and then joined Sonlar, working as a lead dancer and percussionist, touring France, Spain, and Portugal. In 2004, he joined Havana Night Show for a year. Since 2008, he has also been a member of the Cuban TV ballet company where he was also promoted to soloist dancer in 2010. Since 2010, he has been part of The Kings of Salsa cast, touring Norway, Finland, the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Portugal, Denmark, and Thailand.