Classical Ballet / Dancer
Alberto Velázquez began his ballet studies in 2000 at the Alejo Carpentié elementary ballet school in Havana, Cuba. In 2001, he was selected to open the Festival Internacional de Ballet in Havana. His teachers included Daysy Maribn, Raquel Agüro, Daylena Ruyiz and Beatriz Torres. In 2004, Velázquez continued his ballet studies at the Fomento Artistico Cordobés in Cordoba Vercruz, Mexico, under the direction of his mother, Adria Luz Velázquez Castillo. In 2005, he won the gold medal in his first International Ballet Compeition from the French school Attitude. He also won a full scholarship to study ballet in Lyon, France. In 2006, he was a semifinalist in the Youth America Grand Prix held in New York City and was subsequently awarded scholarships to the Orlando Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, The Kirov Academy, The Rock School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives. At the same competition, he won the YAGP gold medal in pas de deux and a scholarship to the Harid Conservatory and the Royal Academy in London. In June of 2006, Velázquez attended the Harid Conservatory’s Summer Intensive and began studies as a full time student at the school. He has performed for the 50th anniversary gala of the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the 12th International Ballet Festival in Miami. In the fall of 2008,Velázquez joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre on full scholarship and became a member of ABT II in 2009.
- ABT II