Ballet brings one dancer home


Fate has its way of guiding us along our life’s ultimate path. Being in the right place at the right time can often lead you to the special person that will help to shape and change your world forever. It is often said that destiny knocks when you least expect it, and that seems to be true for dancer Rogelio Corrales.

At age 9, Corrales began his dance with fate, literally. While attending elementary school in Cuba, the lucky youngster was discovered by a group that was scouting talent on behalf of a boarding school that centered on dance. It seems that Corrales was naturally blessed with this graceful art, because though the boy had no dance experience, he apparently had the right moves and was offered admittance to the school. Corrales said that at first, he wasn’t sold on the idea of being a dancer, but as he learned the art of ballet, he grew to enjoy it.

His journey as a dancer has included ballet companies such as Ballet Florida, the Venezuelan Ballet, where he performed in New York, and many other companies across the country. Up next for Corrales is a return to Cuba, where it all began, to perform with Florida Classical Ballet Theatre at several different venues August 4 – 11.

Preceding the trip will be a fundraising event Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m., at PBSC’s Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Guests will enjoy Cuban cuisine and be presented with a chance to meet resident artists Rogelio Corrales and Lily Ojea from Florida Classical Ballet Theatre. There will also be items auctioned off such as a piece of art from Pamela Larkin. With a $10 donation, you too can be Cuban Dreaming in Florida!

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