Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Previously with: Ballet de Santiago, Polaris Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre
Favorite book: La Caverna de las Ideas by Jose Carlos Somoza
Favorite quote: “Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time, it’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”
Claudia Fernandez was born in La Habana, Cuba. She began her ballet training at the Cuban National Ballet School at the age of 9, training with prestigious teachers like Fernando Alonso, Mirta Hermida, Ramona de Zaa, Loipa Araujo and others. In 2005, she moved to Chile where she continued her training at Teatro Municipal de Chile School and Facultad de Artes, at the University of Chile. Ms. Fernandez was a stand out soloist in roles for the Ballet Juvenil directed by Hilda Riveros and Vladimir Guelbet. In 2009, Ms. Fernandez became a dancer at the Ballet de Santiago under the direction of Marcia Haydee where she was awarded the title of Best Performer in Dance. In the U.S., she has danced with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Oregon Ballet Theatre and is currently a company member at BalletMet. Ms. Fernandez also judges international dance competitions. She’s previously performed as a guest with BalletMet and is joining the company for the 17/18 season.