About Us

About The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
SCBS was founded in 2012 by the Cuban-born husband and wife team of Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez. They trained at the elite National Ballet School of Cuba and performed internationally. In 1993, they moved to Sarasota to join the Sarasota Ballet. Co-Artistic Directors of SCBS, they teach classes at all levels for students from age three to adults. However, the heart of the School's program is a rigorous training course to prepare talented, serious young dancers for professional careers. Students of SCBS have gone on to perform with Dance Theater of Harlem, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Ballet Manila, Ballet Municipal de Lima and the Royal Ballet School and Company.

About the Cuban Style
SCBS is one of the schools in the United States specializing in the Cuban training style, which is renowned for its athleticism, passion, and grace. The Cuban Style is an authentic movement with influences from the major schools of ballet: French, Italian and Russian. It emphasizes dancing with the entire body and promoting harmonious movement among arms, legs and torso. It is a very clean and precise, yet not stiff. It has a romantic feel, with attentive partnering, and is changing the face of modern ballet with its superb technique and impeccable footwork. This award-winning School provides world-class ballet instruction in the tradition of the Cuban method.

We are:

  • Instilling the basics in our Creative Movement class for our youngest students to preparing our emerging talent for our most advanced level. We provide a comprehensive ballet program in a fun, nurturing and supportive environment.

  • An incredible, strong, qualified, and passionate faculty, who care about teaching and sharing their knowledge with the next generation of young talented dancers. 

  • Fostering a global understanding through the art of dance with expert instruction by both resident and international guest faculty.

  • Recruiting international, national, and community based student body.

  • Offering scholarship assistance for students in financial need.

  • Promoting student and instructor exchanges with dance schools in other countries.

  •  Presenting outstanding performances by guest artists and pre-professional students.