Andres Estevez began his training in Havana, Cuba, and joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. After several seasons, Mr. Estevez joined Ballet Clasico de la Havana under the direction of Laura Alonso; where his career flourished, and he became a soloist and then a principal dancer. His career includes tours and galas of several countries as well as winning silver and bronze in the Alicia Alonso competition in Cuba and a gold medal in a competition in Brazil. In 1996, Andres joined Miami City Ballet where he performed as a soloist in many Balanchine choreographies including Stars and Stripes, Scotch Symphony, Allegro Brilliante. In 1998 he joined Orlando Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Fernando Bujones. His extensive career at the Orlando Ballet includes roles such as Solor in La Bayadere, Albretch in Giselle, Colas in La Fille Mall Gardee, Franz in Copellia, Basilo in Don Quixote, Krassus in Spartacus, Silfrid in Swan Lake, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Arthur in Camelot and many others. He has also had the pleasure to perform the works of choreographers like Twyla Tharp, David Parson, Robert North, Val Caniparoli and Lila York. In 2009 he joined BalletMet, performing a variety of classical, Balanchine and contemporary repertoire including works from BalletMet’s Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. In his first year with BalletMet, he was awarded the Violetta Boft Memorial Award in recognition of personal achievements and dedication to the world of dance. In 2017 he retired from the stage and became the Associate Director of BalletMet 2 and in 2018 was promoted to the role of Company Rehearsal Director. Through the years, Mr. Estevez has staged Edwaard Liang ballets in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Sarasota and Slovakia. After time as co-director of United Ballet Theatre in Florida, Mr. Estevez returned to BalletMet in 2022 as a BalletMet 2 Associate Director and Company Rehearsal Director.
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