RESIDENT DANCER FUND
Syracuse City Ballet has created a Resident Dancer Fund that will be used to compensate professional in-house dancers for their work as teachers, coaches, performers and leaders in our youth outreach program, in turn, creating an opportunity for them to live in and contribute to our community as an artist.
Alejandro Cobas, a Cuban refugee, moved to Syracuse, NY in hopes of following his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. He studied at the prestigious Cuban School of Ballet and was a dancer with the Camaguey Company of Cuba where he performed in major ballets such as Coppelia, Giselle, Don Quixote and Corsaire. He came to New York with nothing but a small backpack, a few necessities , and the language barrier of not speaking English, hoping to turn his dreams into a reality. From the beginning he was eager to take as many classes and attend as many rehearsals as possible, even if it took him three hours round trip to walk to and from the studio in the middle of the winter.
Once staff and families from the studio heard his story everyone began reaching out helping him with some of his basic necessities and providing rides so he no longer had to walk the long distance to and from class. In just three weeks, Alejandro learned several roles for the ballet’s upcoming performance, Snow White, and has been instrumental in assisting the staff with his ballet partnering skills as well as bringing an energetic and powerful presence to the studio. He is eager for new experiences with our staff and students, as well as sharing the richness of each others' culture and lifestyle. Within a month, his friend and fellow dancer Jose Carlo Pino, joined him here in Syracuse to pursue his dreams as well. Together, they are helping Syracuse City Ballet come to realize it's goal of having Resident Dancers.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Syracuse City Ballet has created a Resident Dancer Fund that will be used to compensate professional in-house dancers for their work as teachers, coaches, performers and leaders in our youth outreach program, in turn, creating an opportunity for them to live in and contribute to our community as an artist. Syracuse City Ballet hopes that through this fund Alejandro and Jose can become SCB's first resident dancers.
Your donation of $250 or more will automatically make you a member of our Ballet Society.
Alejandro was recently featured as Carrie Lazarus' Extraordinary Talent of the week! Hear more about his compelling story and talent here as well as her new show Extraordinary People & Places of Central NY - watch that here!
"Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse" - read this compelling article on Syracuse.com to learn more about Alejandro and Jose, and see some rehearsal photos of them dancing in Syracuse City Ballet's production of Snow White