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Principal Dancer

Veronica Ramirez Casanova was born in Cali, Colombia, where she began dancing at the age of 10 at the Colombian Institute for Classical Ballet (INCOLBALLET) under the direction of Gloria Castro Martinez. In 2007, she graduated as a professional ballet dancer and initiated her career at the Compañía Colombiana de Ballet, where she danced for 10 years. 

During her career, she has danced principal roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Paquita, Carmina Burana, and many others. Veronica has also danced modern and contemporary ballets with renowned choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jorge Amarante. In addition, she has done international tours in Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras. 

In 2017, she started working at the Compañía Colombiana de Danza Contemporánea as a ballet teacher. She moved to Orlando, Florida, in 2018 and joined Emotions Dance Company for two seasons. 

Veronica became part of the Ballet Pensacola in 2020. She was promoted to principal dancer of the company and is currently a teacher of the students of the last levels of the academy school. 

The 2022-2023 season is her third season with Ballet Pensacola. She is very excited to continue growing in this great family under the artistic direction of Darren McIntyre.

“Dance has given me everything in life, dance has given me discipline and has brought out the best in me. Through dance I have laughed but also cried, and even in the moments that I have doubted myself, the dance surprises me. Thanks to the dance I am a strong woman.”

Place of Birth: Cali, Colombia  

One Word to Describe Why I Dance: "Constancy" 

Favorite Color: Blue 

Favorite Role danced: The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker 

Dream Role: Kitri, Don Quixote 

Favorite Choreographer: Anabel Lopez Ochoa, I admire her a lot, and I am fortunate to have worked with her.  

Favorite Traditional Ballet: Don Quixote 

Favorite Cuisine / Dish: BBQ Ribs or Shrimp ceviche  

Favorite Hobby: Going to the beach. 

Fun Fact About Me: I don't like having a lot of time before each show to get ready. The adrenaline of being ready almost when the curtain opens helps me not to be nervous or overthink. Then, I can just go out and enjoy. 

What Would You Like the Audience/Community to Gain from Your Performances: That they remember me for my dance and expression, not for my techniques or steps! A true dancer should be remembered for their heart.