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Lester Gonzales Ramos

COMPANY ARTIST | Havana, Cuba

JOINED CBC: 2016

TRAINING: National Ballet School of Havana, Cuba, Laura Alonso Ballet, San Diego Ballet.

FEATURED CBC ROLES: Nutcracker Prince - The Nutcracker, Romeo - Romeo & Juliet, Jared Nelson’s Jump Jive, Juanita y Alicia.

NOTEWORTHY: Performed in Ballet of Cuba’s France tour and Internacional Festival Dance Tamaulipas 2014, México.

When I'm not working I enjoy... Doing outdoor activities —especially volleyball and tennis, watching TV, and going to concerts.

I love San Diego because... Of the amazing weather and how welcoming people are here.

What ballet or role would you like to dance (and why), but haven't yet?: I would love to dance in Christopher Wheeldon's version of Alice in Wonderland.

If I weren't a dancer, I'd be: I don't really know, but I'm sure it will be something with the arts and creativity.

What is your favorite costume? Why? Rothbart’s costume from Swan Lake —it really translates to the character.

What can always make you laugh? Watching people being spastic , myself included.

What's your perfect day? Any day that is a successful day.

What has been your most memorable moment as a dancer? Debuting the role of Romeo in the Romeo and Juliet ballet.

What is the hardest part about being a dancer? Keeping your body healthy and conditioned. It takes a lot of self discipline.

Fun to know: Lester is also a Dance Chorus member with the San Diego Opera, and brother to Laurence.