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In 1947, Ms. Dulce Anaya started her professional career as a ballet dancer at age 15 dancing in New York City for American Ballet Theatre. In 1947, at the age of 15, Ms. Anaya started her professional career as a demi-soloist in New York City for the American Ballet Theatre. She was an original member of the 1948 Ballet Alicia Alonso, later named Ballet Nacional de Cuba, where she gained soloist status.  She obtained her Prima Ballerina title in Europe after dancing Sleeping Beauty with the Stuttgart Opera Ballet.  Title that she maintained when was invited to join the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Munich, Germany, where she created the role of Ondine.

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At age 7, Dulce's mother, Dulce Ventayol, a Cuban schoolteacher with a great appreciation for the arts, took her to study under George Milenoff and Alicia and Alberto Alonso at Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical. Ms. Anaya never had a perfect ballerina physique. She didn't have the height, the extensions, the natural turnout, or the feet for ballet. She had to work harder than the other naturally talented girls.

 

Ms. Dulce Anaya was invited as Prima Ballerina to the Hamburg State Opera Ballet. Her repertoire included Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Fire Bird, and many others. Ms. Anaya's career took her all over the world, dancing for illustrious audiences such as President Peron in Argentina and the Prince of Albania. George Balanchine and other great choreographers created ballets specifically for her.  She has performed with illustrious partners such as Erik Bruhm, Edward Villella, Ted Kivitt, Rudolf Nureyev, Heino Hallhuber and Oleg Briansky.

 

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Dulce Anaya, en Ondina, Munich, 1959

Dulce Anaya con Flemming Flindt, en Giselle, 1962

In 1970, Ms. Anaya founded the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, producing the first Nutcracker in Jacksonville at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.  She was also one of the directors of the First Coast Nutcracker. She is currently the founder and one of the artistic directors of the Community Nutcracker.     As owner and director of the Dulce Anaya School of Ballet, she continues teaching students and staging professional level performances for the Jacksonville community.   She was awarded the 1998 GEMS International Television Woman of the Year Award for Dance.

In 2012, she was honored in Miami for her career accomplishments and received an award from the citizens of her hometown of Rancho Boyeros in Cuba for promoting and teaching ballet around the world.  Ms. Anaya has influenced hundreds of dancers over the past 40 years, passing on her exceptional technique and artistry and her experience as a Prima Ballerina to her students. Her students have gone on to stand out in auditions, workshops and performances, and have gained recognition and scholarships to national and international professional dance companies and schools.

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Dulce Anaya is Jacksonvilles Prima Ballerina, with a brilliant career that has spanned over 60 years. Performer, director, instructor and cultural icon, she has played a key role in Jacksonvilles dance scene and is one of the founders of both the First Coast and Community Nutcracker productions