Romel Frometa

Havana, Cuba | Senior Soloist | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2012

Romel Frometa began dancing in 1992 at the Provincial School of Ballet “Alejo Carpentier” in Cuba and continued in the National School of Ballet until 1998, joining the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 2001 under the artistic and technical direction of Alicia Alonso. During his school years he was honored with numerous awards both in Cuba and abroad. In 1999, he won the Gold Medal in the Vignale-Dance Competition for Young Talents held in Italy and in 2000 the Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. At the age of 21, he was named principal dancer at Ballet Nacional, later spending three years dancing in Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Frometa joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2012 and was promoted to Soloist for the 13-14 50th Anniversary Season and then to Senior Soloist for the 14-15 Season.

2015-2016 Sponsors: Betsy & Peter Niehoff

Fun fact: “I love cooking for my friends and salsa dancing!”

Professional History

  • Provincial School of Ballet “Alejo Carpentier”
  • National School of Ballet
  • Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Principal (2001-2012)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Corps de Ballet, Soloist, Senior Soloist (2012)

Competitions and Awards

  • Bronze Medal in the International Ballet Competition and the Meeting-International Competition of Ballet Academies – Havana (1997)
  • Gold Medal and Prize for Artistic Revelation (1998)
  • Silver Medal (1999) and Grand Prix,
  • Gold Medal and Medal of the City at the Rencontres-International Competition for Teaching Academies Ballet – Havana (2000)
  • Gold Medal in the Vignale-Dance Competition for Young Talents – Italy (1999)
  • Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition – Varna, Bulgaria (2000)

Photography: Peter Mueller

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