Join us as we Zoom over to London to meet Francisco Serrano, a member of England’s Royal Ballet. Francisco will share his star-studded journey from Sarasota to London via New York and Havana, as well as video clips of him performing and rehearsing. Arts Advocates is pleased to offer this Speaking of the Arts … program in collaboration with the award-winning Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, led by Ariel Serrano, artistic director, and Wilmian Hernandez, managing director.
This free Zoom program is January 12 at 1:00 p.m.; registration (which is limited) is required. Reserve your spot now by clicking here. Immediately upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Our featured guest, American dancer Francisco Serrano, is an artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme at the start of the 2016-17 season and entered the company as an artist in the 2017-18 season. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School.
Francisco was born in the United States and has a Cuban background. He began his ballet training at the age of 14 at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He won a scholarship at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix to train at The Royal Ballet School. Performances while at the school included Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody pas de deux and Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées musicales, and Solor (La Bayadère). He performed with The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker and Frankenstein. His repertory with the company includes roles in Infra, Medusa and Flight Pattern. Serrano’s awards include second prize in the 2015 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance.
Arts Advocates member and moderator Jeannette Paladino’s passion is classical ballet. She retired to Sarasota following an extensive career in marketing communications, and volunteers her time assisting the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School with marketing and publicity.
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