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Mariaelena Ruiz



Biography

Mariaelena Ruiz was born in Caracas, Venezuela and started her ballet training at Academia Ballet Classico Nina Novak.  After graduation she became the youngest member of Ballet Nacional de Caracas, under the direction of Vicente Nebrada, where she performed in almost all the repertoire of the company and toured Europe and South America.  In 1990, she won the third place in the junior division at the Third USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MI and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  She won 3rd place in the junior division and Best Couple award at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1994. She joined Bay Ballet Theatre in Tampa as a principal dancer, and in 1995 she joined Cleveland San Jose Ballet, where she performed principal and soloist roles.  Her repertoire includes principal roles as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Myrtha in Giselle, Paquita, Le Corsaire, Esmeralda, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Nutcracker, Balanchine’s, Apollo, Who Cares? Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Serenade, and Symphony in C. She has recently performed with Ballet Hispanico, in Ann Reinking’s new work Slices, at the Wolftrap Festival, and has been a guest artist for companies all over the US. This is her third season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Mariaelena Ruiz