Meet the Ballet Master


Rolando Sarabia

Ballet Master

Originally from Cuba, Rolando Sarabia enjoyed 35 years of professional career as a dancer. Mr. Sarabia began ballet studies in Matanza, Cuba in 1969 at the Provincial School of Ballet. He then continued his training at the National Ballet School in La Havana where he graduated in 1977 and began his professional career with the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso.

As soloist principle dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba, Mr. Sarabia interpreted roles in ballets La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, among others. His international experience includes performances in over 50 countries, all continents, and companies such as Ballet Teatre Teresa Carreno in Venezuela, Cali Ballet in Colombia, Giona Campobello Company in Mexico, and renowned institutions such as Paris Opera, Bolshoi and Kirov.

Sarabia became the Ballet Master of the National Ballet of Cuba for eleven years. Later he became the Ballet Master of the National Ballet of Ecuador, where he stayed for eight years. Mr. Sarabia is currently a Ballet Master at Roanoke Ballet Theatre, in Roanoke, Virginia and is a guest teacher at the Washington Ballet.