ALEXANDER SANTANA SANCHEZ
Alexander Santana Sánchez was born 21 August 1981 in Villa Clara, Santa Clara, Cuba.
He studied at the Provincial Ballet School Olga Alonso from the first to the third year of Ballet and finished his elementary studies at the Elementary School of Ballet Alejo Carpentier. Later, graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba Fernando Alonso as a dancer and teacher. As a student he was a gold medalist soloist (1997), bronze (1998) and silver (1999) at the Havana International Ballet Contests (Cuba).
He began his professional career as a dancer at the Camaguey Ballet Company (Cuba) as a Soloist for two years. The National Ballet Company of Ecuador followed, where he was as First Dancer for four years, was First Dancer of the Municipal Ballet of Lima (Peru) for eight years and also First Dancer afterwards in the National Ballet Company of Peru for four years. During his career he danced with Lorna Feijoó, Rolando Sarabia, Jaime Francisco, among others, and great classical dances like Coppelia were part of his repertoire, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardée, Giselle, Herlquinade, Lake dos Cisnes, Grand Pas de Paquita, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Diana e Acteon, The Bayadere, among other choreographies of Classical and Neoclassical repertoire.
Finished her career as a dancer, began his teaching career at the National Ballet School of Cuba. He also worked in Ecuador as a founding teacher of the Metropolitan School of Dance in Quito, e no Peru, where he was sub-director of the Ballet School Crescendo in Lima and professor of the Ballet School Rosie Schottland Ballet Clásico, also in Lima. He was also a professor at the Provincial Ballet School Olga Alonso, Villa Clara, Cuba.
More recently, worked as a guest professor at the Intensive Summer Course at the International Conservatory of Ballet and Dance Annarella Sánchez, teaching Cuban folklore classes, Ballet, Pointe Technique, Repertoire and Technique of Pas de Deux.
Over the past few years he has had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned teachers like Fernando Alonso, Vladimir Issaev, Ramona de Sáa, Carlos Acosta, Raquel Aguero Mercado, Lourdes arnau, Carlos Valcárcel and Maina Gielgud.
He won prizes as a choreographer in national competitions in Cuba and, more recently, had trained students awarded in the Youth America Grand Prix Barcelona semifinal 2019.