Xiomara Reyes

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Xiomara Reyes is a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Born in Cuba, Reyes trained at the Cuban National Ballet School.[1] After graduation, she danced as a soloist with "La Joven Guardia", an offshoot of Cuba's National Ballet. After two years, she was invited to perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium and danced with that company for seven years, rising to the rank of first soloist.

She has danced in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has performed as a guest in France with the Jeune Ballet de France, in Italy with Balleto Del Sud, in Greece with the Nafsika Dance Theater, in Korea at the International Dance Festival, and in Russia with the Bashkirian State Ballet.

In 2001 Reyes joined the American Ballet Theatre[1] as a soloist. She was promoted to principal dancer in 2003. In 2015, Xiomara Reyes retired from American Ballet Theatre. Her final performance with ABT was Giselle at Metropolitan Opera on May 27, 2015.[2]


Her roles with the company include a leading role in Allegro Brillante, a Shade in La Bayadère, the first and fourth movements in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Cinderella in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Medora, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a leading role in Désir, Who Was She? in Dim Lustre, Kitri and Amour in Don Quixote, Sibyl in Dorian, Titania in The Dream, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the peasant pas de deux, Moyna and Giselle in Giselle, Le Grand Pas de Deux, His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Prudence in Lady of the Camellias, Manon in Manon, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Debutante in Offenbach in the Underworld, Desdemona is Othello, Olga in Onegin, the Ballerina in Petrouchka, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, Raymonda in Raymonda, the Cowgirl in Rodeo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Romeo’s Farewell to Juliet), Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Young Girl in Le Spectre de la Rose, the pas de trois and the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, the third movement in Symphony in C, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and leading roles in Brief Fling, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Clear, Études, Glow - Stop, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort and Without Words.

She created leading roles in Seven Sonatas and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.


  • Gold Medal for the Best Soloist at the International Ballet Competition of Chiclayo, Peru (1996)
  • Best Couple Prize at the XIV International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria (1990)
  • Silver Medal at the Cinquienne Concours International de Danse de Paris (1992)
  • La Medaille de la Ville de Paris (1992)
  • Second Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (1995).

Ballets performed[edit]

  • Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)
  • Manon (title role)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
  • Cinderella (title role)
  • Cinderella (Autumn)
  • Le Corsaire (Gulnare)
  • Le Corsaire (Odalisque)
  • Dorian (Sibyl)
  • Don Quixote (Kitri)
  • Don Quixote (Amour)
  • La Fille Mal Gardée (Lise)
  • Giselle (Title role)
  • Giselle (Peasant pas de deux)
  • Giselle (Moyna)
  • The Merry Widow (Valencienne)
  • The Nutcracker (Clara)
  • The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy)
  • Raymonda (Title role)
  • The Dream (Titania)
  • Othello (Desdemona)
  • Offenbach in the Underworld (Debutante)
  • Pillar of Fire (Youngest sister)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine, in the Blue Bird pas de deux)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond variation)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de trois)
  • Swan Lake (Hungarian Princess)
  • La Bayadère (shade)
  • Rodeo (Girl in the yellow dress)
  • Petrouchka (Ballerina)
  • Symphony in C
  • Tchaikovsky Pas de deux
  • Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison
  • Diana and Acteon (Pas de deux)
  • HereAfter
  • Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Dim Lustre
  • Jeu de cartes (Two of Diamonds)
  • Petit Mort
  • Gong
  • Clear
  • Without Words
  • Etudes
  • Lady of the Camelias


partial listing


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