Sat, Jun 13 | New Orleans School of Ballet

The Cuban Ballet Method with Caridad Martinez

The National Ballet of Cuba has been acknowledged as one of the four great ballet schools in the world thanks to its method of training dancers.
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The Cuban Ballet Method with Caridad Martinez

Time & Location

Jun 13, 2020, 9:00 AM – Jun 14, 2020, 3:30 PM
New Orleans School of Ballet, 717 Adams St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

About The Event

Led by former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, Caridad Martinez, this two-day workshop will immerse teachers and students in the unique Cuban ballet methodology of training. 

This workshop is open to dance teachers of all levels.  Teachers may take or observe classes to learn how Martinez applies the Cuban curriculum in a direct, hands on apporach as well as take part in daily seminars on the Cuban methodology and participate in Q & A talkbacks.

Classes for students are divided into two distinct levels, Advanced Beginner-Intermediate for dancers 9-12 with 2-3 years of training and Intermediate-Advanced for dancers 12 and older with more than 5 consecutive years of ballet training and two years on pointe.  

June 13 & 14


Teacher lecture on Cuban ballet methodology


Int/Adv Ballet Technique, Ages 12 and older


Int/Adv Pointe Class


 Adv/Beg-Int Technique, Ages 9-11


Teacher follow-up and Q & A

Caridad Martinez graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba. She studied with, Fernando & Alicia Alonso, Joaquin Banegas, Azary Plisetski, Ramona de Saa, Karemia Moreno, and Jose Pares. As principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba she performed in the most important theaters in Europe, North and South Americas and Asia, with a repertory that included Coppelia, Las Fille Mal Gardeé, La Sylphide, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, Les Corsaires, Apollo, Papillon and Times Out of Mind. Works created specifically for her included Plasmasis, Muñecos, Dolores Santa Cruz en Cecilia Valdes and Cimarron, among others. 

After leaving the National Ballet of Cuba, Martinez created and led The Havana Ballet Theater through a theater creative concept that transformed the performing arts in Cuba during the 80s. She also went on to choreograph for the Hispanic Heritage Awards, and for the acclaimed Julian Schnabel film Before Night Falls. She coached La Joven Guardia group, integrated by the most talented young Cuban dancers, under the direction of Laura Alonso. Martinez was also Director of the Cuban Ballet School in Veracruz, Mexico and was distinguished with the honorary membership of the Dance Educators of Mexico and Dance Educators of America. She has received numerous awards for her dance and theater choreographies, including an award from The Association of Writers and Artists in Cuba for two consecutive years, Cuban Cultural Center of New York, Veracruz State Government, BBB Montana

In New York, Martinez has shared her expertise as Director of the Brooklyn Ballet School and Conservatory, Director of the Ballet & Curriculum Training Program at Ballet Hispanico, and faculty and Summer Program Director at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She has guest taught for the Alberta Ballet School in Canada, Annarella Conservatory in Leiria, Portugal and Goh Academie School in Vancouver, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and most recently as special guest of JKO School Director, Cynthia Harvey to share the Cuban Ballet Methodology with teachers and students at the Raising the Barre series at ABT, as well as been featured in Pointe Magazine.

Martinez currently serves as faculty member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ailey/Fordham and Certificate programs, coach of Classical works for Dance Theater of Harlem, serves on the board of Ballet Beyond Borders and is working on an oral history project about her life and career under the auspices of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU with Elizabeth Schwall.

  • Teacher
  • Intermediate/Advanced Dancer
  • Adv-Beg/Intermediate Dancer

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