Sadaise Arencibia

Sadaise Arencibia (Foto Nancy Reyes)



Sadaise Arencibia

Premier Dancer

She began her ballet training in 1991 at the Provincial Ballet School “AlejoCarpentier”, in Havana and continued them at the National Ballet School. During her school period she performed in Mexico and Colombia as part of a cultural exchange between the two countries. In 1998 she was finalist at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, in Mississippi, United States. Between 1996 and 1999 she won the Gold Medal in every rendition of the International Ballet Academies Encounter-Contest and in 1997 in the “Alicia Alonso” International Ballet Competition, all held in Havana. In 1999 she joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the technical-artistic guidance of Alicia Alonso. With the Ballet Nacional de Cuba she has performed in countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as in Egypt and Australia. She has been Guest Artist to the Opera de Rome (2006 and 2007) and to the Ballet of the Theatre ¨Teresa Carreño¨ (2008). In 2002 she was awarded the “Villanueva” Prize of the Critic, granted by the Performing Artists Association of the Cuban Union of Artists and Writers (UNEAC) for her performance in the Agon pas de deux, by Balanchine. In 2005 she was promoted to the category of Principal Dancer and in In 2009 she was promoted to the category of Premier Dancer of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which she holds at present..She has been Guest Artist to the International Ballet Galaheld at the TeatroNacional in the Dominican Republic and at the Gala “Viva Alicia”, held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (2011); and to the Homage Gala in honor of Alicia Alonso, that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa (2013).



«Giselle is danced by SadaiseArencibia, whose ethereal softness aptly illuminates this romantic role. Her dynamite extension and expressive arms create a smooth and floating dream state, essential to the work.»

Eliza Ingle, Post-Courier Reviewer. Charleston, United States, 2003


In The magic of the dance: «Very interesting was the fragment of the second act of Giselle performed with the delicate grace of SadaiseArencibia (arms that float in the night breeze; and sweetly expresseddance])».

Clement Crisp.Financial Times. England, 2005


«SadaiseArencibia comes out to stage in the pas de bourrée, and we see that she has been born to perform that role [Odette]. With long extremities, she possesses the serenity and the intensity that are the character’s essence. Besides these remarkable qualities, SadaiseArencibia dominates the gestural and the mime expression. Her arms are not only long, but delightfully flexible, and she uses them with fullness to attract Siegfried’s attention.  Her sadness seems to be deeper than the one the role demands, expressed in the flawless feet work of her trembling coup de pied, as if this was a quality belonging not only to the character but to the dancer (…) The entrance of Odile and the scene of Siegfried’s seduction are among the best things I have ever seen.  Arencibia has abandoned her sadness and her nostalgic nature and has assumed the personality of an irresistible sorceress. (…) The public gave her a standing ovation, during the multiple curtain calls.»

Toba Singer. Dance Magazine, 2006.


«SadaiseArencibia in Mercedes (Don Quixote), once again surprising for her physical beauty and elasticity.»

Laura Domingo Agüero.  Culture – Actualité. France, 2007


«SadaiseArencibia marked the pleasure of dancing mastering pointes and accents.»

Julia Martin. El Mundo. Madrid, Spain, 2009


«There were other moments that filled the production with elegance, the appearance of SadaiseArencibia, in her role as the arrogant duchess Bathilde.»

María L. Martin-Horga. Montañésnewspaper. Santander, Spain, 2009


In Giselle: «She, with lyricism all on edge, her beautiful poses, arms, hands, extensions, captured the audience.»

Toni Piñera. Granma. Havana, 2010


«SadaiseArencibia —a Kitri embroidered for the memory, as much in interpretation as in technique, in each one of its three acts—, highlighting  the elegance of her expressions, long balances, beautiful arabesques… with which she delivered one of the best Quixotes in her career.»

Toni Piñera. Granma.Havana, 2011.


«Arencibia showed another quality that characterizes the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the juxtaposition of softness and rigidity, mainly in the upper body.»

Paul Hodgins. The New York Times. United States, 2011


In Coppélia: “SadaiseArencibia “embroidered” her Swanilda with the sufficiency of the experienced dancers: aware of all shades, beautiful in her scenic, serene and capable projection in the face of a complex choreography.”

YurisNórido. Trabajadores.Havana, Cuba, 2012


“In the leading role, SadaiseArencibia undoubtedly danced the best Coppéliaof her history, achieving to ´capture ´ the audience, beyond her beautiful scenic line-presence.  Released extensions, safe turns, balances…, she was during the entire performance a fertile land in style, executing the movements with fair elegance and precision.  Besides that spontaneity in the pantomime that reached its ecstasy in the second act, there were very good instants, but the doll’s scene was verging on perfection, both technical as well as in interpretation.”

Toni Piñera. Granma. Havana, Cuba 2012


In Nutcracker: «SadaiseArencibiais tempting and exotic.»

Gary Smith. Expectator. Burlington, Canadá, 2014



El lago de los cisnes (Sadaise Arencibia) Foto Nancy Reyes