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.
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.
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.
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.
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