MEET THE DANCERS: Emilia Montero, Senior Apprentice

Emilia is from Miami, Florida. She was trained by Aida Villoch, former Artistic Director and Prima Ballerina of the Ballet de Camagüey, Cuba. At age 13, Emilia was accepted to The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School in Sarasota, Florida, where she had the privilege to work with National Ballet of Cuba's Dr. Ramona de Saa and Ana Julia Bermudez de Castro. She performed variations from ballets including Flames of Paris, Harlequinade, Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardee, The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire that have placed her in the Top 12 at Youth American Grand Prix, Universal Ballet Competition, and World Ballet Competition. Emilia has received full scholarships to summer programs including American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. This is Emilia’s first season with Ballet Fantastique.

 

Q&A with Emilia Montero

What do you like to do in your free time or on your days off?

I like to go to the mall or to the movies! Mostly chill with my sister.

 

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing?

I would probably be going to high school doing normal school things and doing what "normal" people do!

 

What is your favorite type of food?

Pasta for sure.

 

Where do you imagine yourself in ten years?

Still dancing, hopefully, doing what I love.

 

Where would you like to travel to next?

Italy … Europe for sure!

 

What are you most looking forward to working with BFan?

All of the new shows! I’m so excited for Babes in Toyland and all the other shows. Also, touring with the Tango [of the White Gardenia] this fall!!! I’m really excited for the new season.

 

Do you have a life motto?

Just keep swimming!

 

What inspires you to perform?

Everyday, working hard and trying to be better.

 

What does it mean to you to change the look of dance?

To change the look of dance to me means to keep improvising and evolving with dance. To experiment and not be afraid of taking risks.