Giselle began her ballet training in Camgüey, Cuba at the age of 9. She started at the elementary level and quickly became recognized for her talents, receiving a full scholarship at her first international competition. This scholarship allowed her to train at the one of the oldest and largest ballet schools in the world, the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. It was here that Giselle was provided with an extensive training in the art form of ballet and pointe. She feels blessed to have been trained by two of the legends in the ballet industry: Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso and her husband Fernando Alonso who was one of the co-founders of the Cuban National Ballet and danced with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Giselle graduated not only as a professional dancer but also with a degree in teaching.
After graduating, Giselle traveled the world with Cuba’s most renowned ballet company performing major roles in classic pieces such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppelia to name a few. After her performance career, Giselle began passing on her love for the art as a teacher in Moscow, Russia. She not only trained young pre-professional dancers in ballet/pointe but was also one of the head coaches for the national team of rhythmic gymnastics providing training in flexibility and physical conditioning.
Giselle joined the Joni’s Dance Studio faculty in 2021 and has thoroughly enjoyed working with our students who are both hard working and dedicated to their training. She is currently the head of our ballet program and teaches many of our strength and conditioning classes. Giselle also choreographs pieces for the Bulverde Dance Project and is excited to take on training several ballet soloists who will go on to compete at the Youth American Grand Prix- a famous international ballet competition.