First Cuban Dancer Dani Miguel Hernández is the new director of the National Ballet School

First Cuban Dancer Dani Miguel Hernández is the new director of the National Ballet School

HAVANA, January 12. The First Dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, Dani Miguel Hernández Acosta, is the new director of the National Ballet School,prestigious institution that for decades has trained great world-class dancers.

The news came firsthand from Yhovani Duarte, orchestra director of the National Ballet and the National Lyric Theater, who announced the information on his social networks.

Duarte shared a short message congratulating Hernández Acosta on his appointment and in the publication the commentators agreed on the young man’s talent and wished him much success.

Minutes later the National Ballet of Cuba confirmed the news on its official Facebook profile.

“The First Dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, Dani Hernández, was named this Wednesday, January 10, 2024 as the new Director of the Fernando Alonso National Ballet School,” the text states.

According to the publication, Dani Miguel Hernández Acosta was presented at the headquarters of the educational institution, in the presence of the Director of the National Ballet of Cuba, Viengsay Valdés, and officials from the Ministry of Culture and the National Center of Art Schools.

“Hernández, considered one of the most outstanding figures in world ballet, was trained by teachers of the stature of Fernando Alonso, Ramona de Saá and Mirta Hermida,” the post recalls.

“His technical and stylistic rigor, as well as his experience as a teacher, make him a great reference for the Cuban Ballet School,” the note concludes.

The first dancer Dani Miguel Hernández Acosta will succeed a long list of great figures who for decades have trained excellent dancers on the island and also internationally.

The institution’s professors teach classes in Cuba and courses around the world, and the quality of the school is supported by a large number of medals and awards in various competitions and contests on the island and internationally. Now, Hernández Acosta will be in charge of training the new generations of dancers.

In October 2023, after several years of career on stage, the dancer was awarded the Alejo Carpentier Medal for his merits in the work of artistic and cultural creation, promotion and organization. Previously, in 2021, he received the Culture Distinction, along with the prima ballerina Gretell Morejón.

As a dancer, he has won the public’s applause with formidable roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Blood Wedding, Don Quixote, among others.

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