Ailen Ramos Betancourt
Ailen trained at the National School of Ballet, Havana and at the Academy of the Arts Vicentina de la Torre. She has performed with the Ballet of Camagüey, the Centro Coreográfico Galego and Ballet Norte. She performed with Northern Ballet as a Guest Artist on the first national tour of Casanova in Spring 2017 and joined Northern Ballet as a Soloist in summer 2017.
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Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Camagüey, Cuba.
At what age did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 9 years old.
Where did you train?
I began my training at the Vocational School of Art 'Luis Casas Romero', then I trained at the National School of Ballet in Havana and the Academy of the Arts Vicentina de la Torre.
Ballet of Camagüey, Centro Coreográfico Galego and Ballet Norte.
Favourite Northern Ballet roles
There have been so many wonderful and special moments throughout my career including working with talented choreographers and grand masters, and performing at renowned venues in different countries. Apart from the present moment, which I am very proud of, I have gone through many enriching stages. It is curious for me that the highlights of my career from my point of view, have the common feature of being based in the classical technique but moving away from it to acquire a richer and more modern dance language. I would highlight Dos Historias en Cinco Tangos with Ballet of Camagüey and The Four Seasons with Centro Coreográfico Galego. Of course I couldn't fail to mention the the world première of Casanova in Leeds and performing the role of M.M. on opening night at Sadler's Wells. However I still feel that the best is yet to come.
What do you like most about being a dancer?
What I like about being a dancer is the great satisfaction and accomplishment I feel when I dance. The mixture of feelings that I experience from a rehearsal to when I am on stage magically increases when I perform. Dance is capable of expressing emotions and states that are not possible with words. These feelings let me understand the personality of the characters that I play and thus deliver them to the public in a more genuine way. My career makes me really happy.
If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?
Les Misèrables by Victor Hugo or The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
What is your favourite book?
I really like the series by Leonardo Padura - Perfect Past, Autumn Landscape, Masks and Winds of Lent.
What is your favourite post-show meal?
I haven't really got a favourite food at the moment. but I do enjoy a good tamal, a typical food of my home country.
How do you like to relax?
I love to be with my family and friends, it is a priority for me. I always find watching the sea relaxing as well, I feel so much peace when I'm near the ocean. I also like to read, listen to music, go for a walk and discover new places.
If you weren't a dancer what would you be?
I would be an actress or a writer.