Rolando Sarabia

Guest Artist

Rolando Sarabia was born in Cuba. In 1990 he began his training at the Alejo Carpentier Elementary Ballet School of Havana in Cuba before attending the prestigious Cuban National Ballet School, where he was taken under the experienced wings of teachers as Rolando Sarabia (his father), Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso and Lazaro Carreño.

In 1994 he was awarded the gold medal as outstanding young dancer at the Mercosur Competition in Brazil.

Upon graduation in 1998 Rolando joined the Cuban National Ballet where he was immediately promoted to Principal dancer. Since then he has starred in all the classical ballets of the repertoire and many contemporary productions by cuban and international choreographers.

Beyond his gold medal at USA IBC in Jackson Competition, Mississippi, he won as well the Grand Prix at the Academies International Competition in Cuba (1995 and 1998), the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Paris, gold medal at the Nagoya's International Competition, Japan and the Grand Prix at the prestigious Varna International Competition, Bulgaria (1998).

In 2003 he left Cuba and he then furthered his professional experience with The Houston Ballet where he stayed until 2007, when he joined Miami City Ballet.

His international career has grown enormously having taken part in numerous world renowned galas with many famous dancers, such as Maya Plisetskaya, Patrick Dupont, Farouk Ruzimatov, Alicia Alonso, Tamara Rojo and Maria Carmen Catoya.

He performed as well as a Guest Principal Artist at Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Ballet Company Teresa Carreño in Venezuela and other important companies in South America.

In 2011 he was honored with The Benois de la danse, one of the most prestigious ballet award at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

In September 2012 he performed for the first time as Principal Guest Artist at the Rome Opera Ballet in Romeo and Juliet by Patrice Bart and he continued his collaboration with the theatre performing in Mikhail Messerer's production on Petipa Don Quixote.