Ana Lourdes Novoa

Ballet, Pointe

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In addition to teaching at JZT Dance, Ana also teaches in the Pre-Professional Ballet division at Ballet Hispanico in New York City. She began her training in La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. She graduated eight years later, in 1976, and was immediately admitted into the National Ballet of Cuba. In 1982, She was promoted to first soloist and in 1990 to principal dancer. Her repertoire included all the classics in the company such as Giselle in Giselle, Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Swanilda in Copellia, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lisette in Fille Mal Gardee, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire and others. Along with the classics, she performed many modern pieces from Cuban and international choreographers. Her partner for most of the roles in her professional career was Jose Manuel Carreno.

In 1992, she became a Principal Dancer for the English National Ballet. She performed all her roles alongside partner Jose Manuel Carreno and Carlos Acosta. She returned to the Cuban National Ballet and toured the globe while performing on many renowned stages. In 1997. Ana retired after dancing for 22 years and began teaching at the National Ballet of Cuba. Her career as a teacher has continued in the U.S. as she taught advanced classes at Dance Center in New Jersey, and also instructed Tony Award winner Kiril Kulish as he played the leading role in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical.