Dairon Cárdenas Ibarra (21)
Even as a young boy, Dairon Cárdenas, born in Havana (Cuba), already dreamt of becoming a dancer. He learnt his art at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA). After completing his dance training, he worked as a dancer and choreographer at the famous Conjunto Folclorico Nacional de Cuba, the Compañía de Danzas tradicionales de Cuba (JJ) and the Danzarenas. Even though he had already given countless dance performances, his career never took him out into the big, wide world. Now, however, he is making up for lost time with the Havana Queens Dance Company. While he finds training with the young, dynamic company especially fascinating, the positive energy that surrounds the Havana Queens also spurs him on during his day job.
Osmany Rojas Suarez (28)
After training as a dancer, Osmany’s dream of becoming a dancer came true when he joined Espectáculos Adolfo Guzmán. Later, he danced for the Compañía de baile fusión Team Habana. For Osmany, Havana Queens is Cuba’s most successful dance group, which is why he is so proud to be part of it. Havana Queens fuses his favourite dance style, hip-hop, with contemporary dance. He has been soaking up as much knowhow and energy as possible during the rehearsals. Now he can hardly wait to give it his all and mesmerise the audience.
Miguel Alejandro Tamayo Cruz (24)
Miguel attended his first auditions at the tender age of five. After graduating from the Escuela Vocacional de Arte-Danza, he worked as a dancer at the Compañía Codanza and subsequently the Ballet de la Televisión Cubana. The twenty-four-year-old has already demonstrated his talent in Germany, Australia, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. For him, being part of Havana Queens means being part of something big. He takes great pleasure in honing his dance skills in such a motivated, lively group. While Miguel enjoys all dance styles, contemporary dance has become his favourite.
Lisandra Marin Soto (22)
Lisandra already attended the escuela Paulita Concepción, a dance school for children, as a young girl. In 2011 she embarked on her degree at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), specialising in folklore and contemporary dance. After graduating, she worked as a dancer at the Compañía Rakatan, the Ballet Revolution and the Ballet de la Televisión Cubana. Even though she likes all dance styles, in recent years she has found herself increasingly drawn to contemporary dance. Lisandra has already danced all over Europe and is looking forward to performing in Europe again with Havana Queens. We look forward to giving her a warm welcome.
Claudia Cruz Vega (20)
Barely twenty years of age and Claudia already has a basic course at the Benny More and an advanced course at the escuela profesional de arte Samuel Feijo under her belt. She also gathered experience as a performer when she worked at the Compañía de baile Contempodans and the Compañía Identidad. Even as a young girl, Claudia knew that she wanted to become a professional dancer when she grew up. Her parents supported her in this endeavour by taking her to every dance performance they possibly could. Now she can finally realise her dream with Havana Queens. The dance group offers her the unique opportunity to perform on the international stage and improve in a vast range of dance styles.
Reynier Ramirez Junco (30)
Born in Havana, Cuba, on 27 December 1985, Reiner already set the wheels in motion for his dance career at a young age. He developed his choreutics with a great deal of dedication and motivation, and danced for well-known Cuban dance companies such as Yoldance and Rakatan. Reiner is currently in the fourth year of his folklore and contemporary dance degree at Cuba’s University of Arts. He has already mesmerised audiences in Germany, Colombia, Italy and Turkey with his dance skills. Now he is looking forward to the trip to Switzerland with Havana Queens.