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, but the heart of its 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, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and the Royal Ballet. This award-winning school provides world class ballet instruction in the tradition of the Cuban method.

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, the Cuban Ballet 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 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.