Joined Ballet Arizona: 1998
Training: North Carolina School of the Arts
Other Companies: Ballet de Santiago
Paola came to Ballet Arizona from Ballet de Santiago in 1998. Since then she has originated featured roles in Ib Andersen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Amoroso, Indigo Rhapsody, Brandenburg Concerti, Preludes and Fugues, and Play. She has also been cast in principal roles in Don Quixote (Kitri), Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), Swan Lake (Odette, Odile), Coppélia (Swanilda), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), La Sylphide (the Sylph), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) and The Nutcracker. Paola has performed featured roles in several Balanchine ballets, including Agon, Allegro Brillante, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Serenade, Theme and Variations, “Rubies” from Jewels, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, and Western Symphony. Paola’s modern repertoire includes HellBlondeGroove, Land’s Edge, Opus Cactus, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins In the Night, Julia Adam’s Before, Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite and The Golden Section, and Ave Maria, Scarlet Symphony, and Skinny Puzzle, all by Dwight Rhoden. In 2006, Paola and Astrit Zejnati were invited to represent Ballet Arizona in the Miami International Dance Festival. In the summer of 2008, Paola was featured in the Manteo Summer Festival, as an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In the fall of 2013, Paola joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing at The Kennedy Center principal roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Episodes, Pas de Dix, and Juliet in Paul Mejia’s Romeo and Juliet.