About Us

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) was founded in 2011 by the Cuban-born husband and wife team of Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez. The Serranos trained at the elite National Ballet School of Cuba and performed internationally with Ballet de Camagüey and Ballet de Monterrey. In 1993, they moved to Sarasota, where they continue their professional careers as principal dancers for the Sarasota Ballet until their retirement.

At SCBS, the Serranos, along with a team of award-winning instructors, teach dance classes at all levels for students ages three and up. SCBS doors are always open for those who love to dance; whether they are interested in dancing professionally or are just interested in ballet as a recreational activity.

The heart of the School is its Pre-professional Program, a rigorous training course that prepares talented, serious young dancers for professional careers following the renown Cuban method.

Students of SCBS have gone on to perform with Dance Theater of Harlem, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and the Royal Ballet.

About the Cuban Style

SCBS is one of the few schools in the United States specializing in the Cuban training style, which is renowned for its athleticism, passion, and grace. Developed in the 1940s by Cuban dancer Fernando Alonso, this training method has produced some of the world’s best dancers. It draws on elements from Russian, British, French and Italian styles and adapts them to the Caribbean character. From day one, training emphasizes balance, turning prowess, flexibility, jump elevation, dynamism, and partnering. The result is dancers who are technically gifted and artistically charismatic.

We are:

  • Instilling the basics on our youngest, teaching a solid base for our intermediate students, and preparing our emerging talent to perform at the most advanced level. At SCBS, we provide a comprehensive ballet program in a fun, nurturing, and supportive environment.

  • An expert faculty of former professional dancers, who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences with the next generation of young talented dancers.

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

  • Recruiting international, national, and community-based students.

  • Offering scholarship assistance for students in financial need.

  • Promoting student and instructor exchanges with dance schools across the country and abroad.

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