Villa Clara, Cuba
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2018
Training: Cuban National Ballet School
Other Companies: National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet of Monterrey
Serafin Castro was born in Villa Clara, Cuba. He first began his ballet training at the age of eight. Two years later, he continued his studies at the Vocational School of Art of Villa Clara “Olga Alonso” and by the time he was fifteen years old, Yasser had earned a prestigious scholarship to join the Cuban National Ballet School where he graduated with honours in 2008. In addition to his studies at this School, Yasser captured first prize in the International Ballet Festival of Havana in 2006 and was subsequently awarded a gold medal in 2007.
After graduation, Yasser joined the Cuban National Ballet as Corps de Ballet. His work as a performer over the next five years ultimately culminated in him being promoted to Soloist in 2013. In 2015, he joined the Ballet of Monterrey in Mexico as Principal Dancer. Yasser has been invited to participate in the Monterrey International Ballet Gala (“MTYBIG”) in 2015 and again in 2016.
Repertoire Highlights: Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, The Sleeping Beauty, La Vivandiere, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Satanella, Celeste (Annabelle López Ochoa), Nous Sommes (Jimmy Gamonet), Luminous (Peter Quanz). Sechs Tänze (Jiří Kylián), Cinderella, Carmen. His most important teachers have been Fernando Alonso and Alicia Alonso (founders of the Cuban school), Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ramona de Saá, Svetlana Ballester, Loipa Araujo, Martha Iris Fernandez. He has danced in theatres around the world in countries such as The United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, China.