Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and raised in Havana, Diaz has been dancing since the age of three. She trained with The National Ballet School in Havana and The Vocational Ballet School in Santa Clara, dancing with Ballet Nacional de Cuba for three years. Diaz won a silver medal in the International Ballet Competition of Cuba in 1999, and has toured all over the world. Upon joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2005, Diaz says “there is always something new to dance and new choreographers. Dance is the best way I can express myself. It’s very rewarding when it gets to people.” Diaz enjoys dancing with Cincinnati Ballet because she has learned "different ways to dance" and enjoys learning new repertoire. "It makes me feel alive."
Fun fact: Gema is a yoga enthusiast.
Favorite roles: Copellia, Carmen, Carmen; Nurida, 1001 Nights
2013/2014 Sponsors: Bernie & Mary Kay Calonge and Noel Julnes-Dehner & Joe Julnes-Dehner
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Photo credit: Peter Mueller, Theme & Variation