* * * JESUS CORRALES * * *
Graduate of the National Ballet School of Cuba in 1987. Jesus joined the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. In 1992 Ann Marie D’angelo invited Corrales as a principal dancer with the Ballet de Monterrey, where he was also her partner. The same year he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza, in Mexico, as a principal dancer, under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1998, Jesus joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet under the direction of Andres Lewis when he was appointed principal dancer and was a frequent partner of Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart. In 2004 he joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal as first soloist. During his career, Corrales danced with Alicia Alonso, Josefina Mendez, Anne Marie D’angelo, Ofelia Gonzales, Amparo Brito, Evelyn Hart and Anik Bissonnette in classical and contemporary roles.
Numerous awards and international recognition punctuated the brilliant career of Jesus Corrales. The gold medal and the Vaslav Nijinsky award for best dancer were granted to him during the International Ballet Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1988 and the bronze medal of the IV International Competition in New York, in 1993. The following year, he won the gold medal at the National Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1995, Jesus Corrales won a Gemini Award for “Best Performance” for his role in “Tale of the Magic Flute.
As a teacher, he has taught for ballet companies and schools such as LaLaLa Human Steps, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Montreal ballet professionnel and École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec.