Cuban classical dance shone in the V South African International Ballet Competition, through performances by the dancer Ariel Martínez, who who is a rising star of ballet.
Martínez gained gold and silver medals whilst facing very rigorous competition in which several countries around the world were represented, including Russia, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay and South Korea, showing once again the high technical and artistic level of the Cuban school of ballet.
Although only 19 yeas old, the dancer won the gold medal in the category ‘contemporaries’ in a piece entitled Innovación (Innovation) choreographed by the Cuban artist Daniel Ritoli.
Meanwhile, the silver medal in the classics section was won through the pieces The Venice Carnival and Paquita. The first prize went to the Cuban, Jonhat Fernández.
“I did not expect those medals since I was not prepared to compete, I was only going to dance,” Martínez told Prensa Latina.
Martínez has only been in the National Ballet of Cuba (established in 1948) for one year.
The V South African International Ballet Competition, took place from February the 22nd to the 28th.