Ballet Arizona is excited to welcome new company dancer Luis Javier Corrales! Originally from Havana, Cuba, Corrales started dancing at the age of 9, training at the Cuban National Ballet School. Since graduating from the school, he has danced with Ballet Laura Alonso, Ballet Nacional de Ecuador, and most recently, Ballet San Antonio. He has performed in Jiri Kylians’s Symphony in D, George Balanhcine’s Rubies, and the roles of Prince Désiré in Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo in Hector Sanzana’s Romeo & Juliet.
Why do you enjoy dancing?
I dance because I have to! You can say things through dance that you never express with words. The music makes me reach emotions deep inside myself, and through movement I am able to give them a voice. It is the way I show the world who I truly am.
What part of the 2019 – 2020 season are you most excited about?
I’m really looking forward to everything that we will be dancing next season, but I am definitely most excited about A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Napoli.
What is your favorite ballet to perform?
Gerald Arpino’s Round of Angels.
What do you do outside of dancing?
I really love spending time outside, especially with my friends. If I’m not doing that, you can usually find me listening to Beyoncé.