Cuban born Ariadna Suarez is a Gold Degree graduate from the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, in 2015 and has a career with more than thirty years of experience. She studied with renowned dancers and choreographers Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Méndez and Joaquín Banegas. Ms. Suarez has been a part of the Encore family since 2019.
Ms. Suarez began her professional life at the age of seventeen, when she finished her studies at the “Escuela Nacional de Ballet” in Cuba. After dancing with important companies, such as the Ballet of Camagüey, Ballet Español de Cuba and Centro Pro Danza, in 1999, Ms. Suarez became part of the internationally prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba directed by iconic dancer and choreographer Alicia Alonso. Ms. Suarez remained a member of the company for thirteen years, playing roles as soloist and in dance group, performing the classical and contemporary ballet repertoire at festivals and stages of England, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Greece, the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
Since 2011, Ms. Suarez committed herself to full-time teaching, and eventually became the Head of the Department of Classical Dance at the University of the Arts in Cuba, where she was also a professor of Ballet, Repertory and Choreography. At the same time, Ms. Suarez founded her own Studio ” Zapatillas de Cristal” where she trained children from beginner to advanced levels who are nowadays professional dancers in dance and ballet companies around the world.
In 2016, Ms. Suarez taught classes at the prestigious Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba, and became a guest teacher at the “Encuentro Internacional de Academias para la Enseñanza del Ballet” as well as at the “Cuballet” event held by Maître Laura Alonso in Puerto Rico, where she lectured on the Cuban School ballet techniques.
In 2017, Ms. Suarez was selected (along with other renowned professionals) by dancer Carlos Acosta to be part of a team of specialized teachers for his “Academia Acosta Danza.” She worked in 2018 in the assembly of scenes for the film “Yuli” that reflects the life of this artist. Mrs. Suarez has choreographed many works for the National Ballet of Cuba, including “Sdos”, “Plegaria” and “In Tempo” for the University of the Arts and Zapatillas de Cristal, which she considers to be the greatest work of her repertoire.