Who is Claudia?

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Claudia was born in Los Teques, Venezuela. She began her ballet studies when she was 5 in EFPDanza, a local ballet school in her hometown and had additional training in Central School of Ballet, London when she was 8 years old. She continued her training at Fundación Ballet de Las Américas in Caracas and finally at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet in North Miami Beach, Florida, where she graduated in 2015.

During her training years, she participated in numerous national festivals in her country and twice at an International Festival at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet in La Habana, Cuba. Claudia has also taken different workshops at the English National Ballet School and The Royal Ballet School in London.

In 2010, Claudia won the Silver Medal at the Caracas National Ballet Competition, being a finalist in the same competition in 2011, where she won a scholarship to attend Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Summer Intensive for 2012. She later repeated the course in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was also awarded as Top Ten Dancer at the Universal Ballet Competition, Florida, in 2015.

After graduating, Claudia was appointed as a Trainee in Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and after one year, she was promoted to an Apprentice position for the 2016-2017 season.

Claudia created her blog “Claudia’s Journal” in 2016. She decided to dedicate the blog to herself and share her experiences. “With my young experience in the Ballet world, I want to inspire my readers just as ballet inspires me”. In the future, apart from her dancing career, she wishes to pursue a writing career, or journalism, in order to write for the arts and ballet.

Her repertoire so far in Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida includes Corp de Ballet and Soloist roles on Issaev´s choreographies: The Nutcracker, The Rite of Spring, Shostakovich Suites, Suite of Waltzes, Fuga con Pajarillo, Coppelia, Taiko, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Also excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadére, and Swan Lake in the Summer Program performances. Roles as a ballet student in school productions include The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Chopiniana and excerpts from Paquita and Sleeping Beauty; as well as many choreographies created by the school directors.

ⓒ Professional photo was taken by Gene Schiavone.

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