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GABRIEL ARANGO

Principal Dancer

Gabriel Jaime Posada Arango was born in Cali, Colombia, where he began training with InColBallet, The National Ballet of Colombia. He trained from a very young age in many different styles of dance, such as Contemporary, Spanish and Classical Ballet. 

At the age of 18, Gabriel was the honorary recipient of a full scholarship to move to New York City to continue his dancing with the pre-professional division of the internationally renowned Ballet Academy East (BAE). In 2021, he moved to Florida, where he danced with Fort Lauderdale Youth Ballet. During his time there, he was offered a full scholarship to join the Internationally acclaimed Miami City Ballet pre-professional division, where he graduated in 2022. 

During Gabriel's career thus far, he has enjoyed performing in many traditional repertory ballet productions. He has also performed in several innovative pieces from some of the industry's most recognized choreographers and coaches in the field, such as; Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Aranxta Ochoa, Charles Askegard, Cherry Yeager, Darla Hoover, Gonzalo Galguera, Gonzalo Garcia, Jenna Lavin, Juan Carlos Penuela, Maxim Beloserovsky and Stacy Calvert. 

Some of Gabriel's most notable and favorite roles to date include Prince Désiré and The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Basilio and The Bullfighters in Don Quixote, The Sugar Plum Fairy Cavalier and Arabian Prince in The Nutcracker and the Paquita and Harlequinade in Pas de Deux. 

Gabriel has been recognized by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) as an artist of extraordinary ability and is looking forward to joining Ballet Pensacola as a Principal Dancer for the 2022-2023 Season.

“Since I started to be aware of what ballet and art forms mean to the world and the impact that dancers can have on our society, this has inspired me to dance! It is so hard to describe what I feel while I'm dancing because each time I step on stage there is only one thing I feel and want, and that is to bring something to the audience! However, what I feel the most is passion!”

Place of Birth: Cali, Colombia 

One Word to Describe Why I Dance: "Love" 

Favorite Color: To be completely honest, I love all of them  

Favorite Role Danced: Western Symphony 

Dream Role: The second-moment pas de deux from 'Glass Pieces' by Jerome Robbins. 

Favorite Choreographer: It is hard for me to answer because every choreographer evokes different emotions and ideas; Balanchine, Crystal Pite and Justin Peck are some of my favorites. 

Favorite Traditional Ballet: Swan Lake 

Favorite Cuisine / Dish: Al pesto pasta 

Favorite Hobby: I'm always trying to bring new experiences to my life; having a deep conversation while watching the sunset is one of my favorites. 

Fun Fact About Me: I know this could sound sad, but I love this fact; I used to say my life would change completely when my Grandma passes away. Hours before she passed, I signed my first contract with a ballet company (Ballet Pensacola). I think this fact is beautiful! She would be so proud! 

What Would You Like the Audience/Community to Gain from Your Performances: I want them to be inspired in the same way I am when I see other artists. It's the only way we can connect as humans, years and years of getting inspired by each other and getting close to those feelings that art forms can evoke.

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