Evelyn Cisneros

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Evelyn Cisneros

Evelyn Cisneros (born November 18, 1958, in Long Beach, California)[1] is an American ballerina. Cisneros, who is Mexican American, is the first prima ballerina in the United States of Hispanic heritage.[2]


As a young child her mother had her take ballet classes in an attempt to overcome her penchant for shyness.[2] She began to study ballet at eight years of age.[3] Cisneros received a scholarship for the summer in 1974 to the School of American Ballet.[1] She did an internship with the San Francisco Ballet in 1976.[1] Cisneros joined the company of the San Francisco Ballet in 1977 where she danced for 23 years, performing nearly every starring role in the company's repertoire.[4] In 1992 Cisneros was named in Hispanic Business's "100 Influentials".[5] In 1992 Cisneros was also honored by Huntington Beach, California, where she had attended Marina High School[6] , for her contribution to art during the city's fifth annual arts awards program.[7]. She was named as an outstanding performing artist.[7] In 2014 Cisneros was named by the Huffington Post as one of the "17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today."[8]

In 2006, Cisneros was appointed academy director of Ballet Pacifica in Irvine, California.[9] Since January 2010, she has been principal of Boston Ballet's Marblehead Studio.[3]

Evelyn Cisneros is married to retired principal dancer Stephen Legate, with whom she has two children.[3]

Major roles[edit]

  • Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty[1]
  • Odette/Odile in Swan Lake[1]
  • The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker[1]
  • Cinderella in Cinderella[1]
  • Juliet in Romeo and Juliet[1]
  • Principal ballerina in Themes and Variations[1]
  • Principal role in Lambarena[1]
  • Lise in La Fille mal Gardee[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Krohn, K.E. (2006). Evelyn Cisneros: Prima Ballerina. Fact Finders Biographies: Great Hispanics Series (in Danish). Capstone Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7368-6416-9. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Celebrating women: Prima ballerina Evelyn Cisneros". NBC Latino. March 7, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Boston Ballet". Boston Ballet. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "After 23 years, S.F. Ballet's Evelyn Cisneros dances her final season". SF Gate. January 24, 1999. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Evelyn Cisneros." Notable Hispanic American Women. Gale, 1993. U.S. History in Context. Web. 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "La Habra Theater: Acting for Community". LA Times. October 3, 1996. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "HUNTINGTON BEACH : 3 Residents Receive City Arts Awards". latimes. November 19, 1992. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today". The Huffington Post. August 5, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Pasles, Chris (6 May 2006). "New hire at Ballet Pacifica". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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