Meet Gustavo

Gustavo joined Ballet Fantastique in 2016 following his work as a soloist with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet in New York. Gustavo originally began his training in Cali, Colombia at the prestigious Colombian Institute for Classical Ballet (Incolballet). During his eight years at Incolballet, Gustavo’s studies included extensive work in ballet, modern, folklore and character dance. He obtained dance degrees from ballet-centered secondary and higher-level institutions, where he was educated by ballet masters Gloria Castro, Helena Cala, Maria del Carmen Hechavarria, and Rolando Candia as well as teachers from the National Ballet of Cuba. At the age of 17, Gustavo joined the company of Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clasico (Incolballet), under ballet masters Gaetano Petrosinio, Flávio Salazar, and Juan Carlos Peñuela. He then moved to New York to complete his ballet training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy (GKA) as a full scholarship student; he also holds scholarships to international summer programs, including American Academy of Ballet and Nashville Ballet. After graduating from GKA, Gustavo danced soloist and principal roles in the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, including  Faust, Paquita, Wedding Procession, Nutcracker, and Les Sylphides. Gustavo also has experience as a supernumerary with both American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House and with Mikhailovsky Ballet Theater at the David H. Koch Theater in NYC.

With BFan, Gustavo has starred as: The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland: Remix (with High Step Society, premiere 2018); Diego de la Vega/Zorro in ZORRO: The Ballet (with the LA-based rock band Incendio + violinist Brandon Vance, 2018 performances); Ebenezer Scrooge in An American Christmas Carol (with Grammy-nominated jazz singer Halie Loren, 2017 performances + tour); Brom Bones in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with Dreos + Gerry Rempel Ensemble, premiere 2017); Jafar in the world premiere of Aladdin: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Satin Love Orchestra, premiere 2017); Master Li Mu Bai in the world premiere of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (with the Oregon Mozart Players + DaXun Zhang, premiere 2017 ); as the Fisherman and the Emperor in Tales from the Floating World (with Mitsuki Dazai, 2017 performances); as Hamen in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with Andiel Brown + UO Gospel Singers, 2016 performances); and as Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, 2016 performances). Gustavo has also appeared as a guest artist on behalf of Ballet Fantastique with Eugene Opera alongside international star singers and tango dancers in Maria de Buenos Aires (2018 performances), and in the world premiere of Tango of the White Gardenia with Cascadia Concert Opera (2018 performance premieres and tour).

Gustavo is also a gifted photographer and video editor. 

Quick Facts

Hometown: 
Cali, Colombia

Ballet Fantastique: 
Here since 2016

Favorite BFan Role:
Diego de la Vega/Zorro in ZORRO: The Ballet

Favorites: 
Movies, the beach, music, DJ-ing


"Authority, as well as strength."

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