Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and raised in Havana, Diaz joined Cincinnati Ballet as an Apprentice dancer in 2005 and is returning this season as Soloist. In Cuba, she trained at The Vocational Ballet School in Santa Clara and at The National Ballet School in Havana. In 1999, Diaz participated in the International Ballet Competition of Cuba and won a Silver Medal. She danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba for three years. Ms. Diaz has toured all over the world, including performances in Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Columbia, Holland, Mexico, and the U.S. Diaz has been dancing since she was three years old. "It makes me feel alive," she says. Gema enjoys dancing with Cincinnati Ballet because she has learned “different ways to dance” and enjoys learning new repertoire and working with new choreographers.
Favorite roles: Copellia, Carmen, Carmen; Nurida, 1001 Nights
2012/2013 Dancer Fellowship Sponsors: Bernie & Mary Kay Calonge and Noel Julnes-Dehner & Joe Julnes-Dehner
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Photo credit: Peter Mueller, Theme & Variation