Reyneris Reyes

Principal

Hometown:  Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Reyneris Reyes was born in Dimas-Mantua Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. He received his training at the Vocational School of Art in Pinar Del Rio and The National Ballet School in Havana. He received additional training at Cuballet summer dance program in Matanzas, Cuba, as well as with renowned teachers Ramona de Saa Bello, Berto Borges, Mabel Carillo, Adria Vélazquez, Magaly Suarez, Ana Julia Bermudez, Maria Cristina Alvarez, Josefina Mendez and others.

Reyes joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 1993 as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to first soloist in 1996 and principal dancer in 1998. Among the major roles he performed in Cuba were Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, and Basilio in Don Quixote, Frans in Coppélia and the Prince in Cinderella.

Reyes joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1999 as a soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 2002. His repertoire in Winnipeg included George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Julieta (Romeo and Mercutio), Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana, Peter Wright’s Giselle (Albrecht and Peasant Pas de Deux), Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Siegfried in Swan Lake, and roles in Cinderella and Moulin Rouge.

In 2004 Reyes joined Boston Ballet as a principal dancer. His repertoire in Boston included Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund and Bluebird), John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) and Romeo y Juliet (Mercutio), August Bournonville’s La Sylphide (Gurn), Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée (Colas), William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Lucinda Childs’ Ten Part Suite, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle (Hilarion and Peasant Pas de Deux) Jorma Elo’s In On Blue, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Serenade. In 2010 Reyes joined Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer.

Reyes has been awarded the bronze medal at the National Ballet Competition in Havana, and the Cuban National Arts Medal, which is the highest artistic honor in Cuba. He has participated in many international ballet festivals in Cuba, Europe, Asia, and North and South America, as well as ballet galas in Slovakia, Granada, Spain, and Vancouver, Canada. Reyes has performed as a guest artist with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and has guest taught at Miami City Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Fla., and South Shore Ballet Theatre in Boston.