Yanela was born in Havana, Cuba. At 8 years old, she began training at the Havana National Ballet School. She performed at the Centre School of Ballet in London, and the Dance Festival of Cordoba, Mexico. Yanela then joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 2004, and after 5 years with the company was promoted to Principal Dancer. She joined QB in 2015 and is currently a Principal Artist with the company.
- ‘Theme and variations’ - Balanchine
- ‘Odile and Odette’ - Swan Lake
- ‘Kitri’ – Don Quixote
- ‘Giselle’ and ‘Queen of the Willis’ – Giselle
- ‘Juliet’ – MacMillans’ Romeo and Juliet
- ‘Auroa’ -Sleeping Beauty
- Jerome Robbin’s ‘In the Night’
- Greg Horseman’s ‘La Bayadere’
Gold medal at the international ballet comp in Havana 2000.
Silver Medal at the international ballet competition in Varna Bulgaria 2004.
Gold medal and Best Artist award 2004, International ballet Comp Havana.
Did you know…
Yanela loves to bake in her spare time, with cheesecakes being her culinary specialty.
One of her biggest dance inspirations is her Cuban ballet teacher, Loipa Araujo, who aimed to pass down her love and passion for the artform to her young students.
“My advice for aspiring dancers is follow your dreams and never give up.”