Alexis Zanety

Afro-Cuban Instructor

Alexis Zanety is a contemporary teacher and choreographer, and former first soloist for Cuba’s National Contemporary Dance Company. He graduated in 1989 from Escuela Profesional de Instructores de Arte in Villa Clara, Cuba and began his artistic career right after. As a first soloist (1995-2002), he worked under the direction of Eduardo Rivero Walker, Narciso Medina, Lídice Nuñez, Jan Linkens amongst other choreographers. He toured extensively around the world visiting Holland, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Martinique. In 2002, he relocated to Mexico where he was invited by Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara to choreograph. He performed the principal role of “Don Jose” in Carmen by choreographer Adriana Quinto and was also invited to portray the leading role in the musical Besame Mucho (2003) produced by OCESA. Alexis combines the knowledge he has learned from Afro-Cuban, neoclassical, classical ballet, and Caribbean rhythms and enjoys exploring movement to Son Cubano and Cuban Rumba in his own technique called Dibujo Circular de Movimento (Circular Drawing Movement).

In 2015, he was commissioned by Compañía Nacional de Danza de Cuba to choreograph Retorno (2015) and in 2016 by Centro Morelense de las Artes in Mexico to choreograph Sombras y Destinos en Imágenes en Desequilibrio. Alexis relocated permanently to Houston, Texas in early 2017. Since then he has been teaching independently in several cities in the United States. He has offered master classes at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington and University of Houston. Alexis has participated at the 2018 and 2019 International Association of Blacks in Dance Congress as guest teacher.

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