Annia Hidalgo began her training in the city of Holguín, Cuba and continued it at the National Ballet School in Havana under the guidance of Professor Ramona de Saa. In 2004, she was awarded the Gold Medal in the International Ballet Competition. That same year, she joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba as a soloist, under the technical and artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. Her repertoire includes soloist roles in La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppélia, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Paquita, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadére, Scheherazade, and Prince Igor. Hidalgo has also danced in works by contemporary creators, including Ballo della Regina, Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations by George Balanchine, A Concert in Black and White by Jose Pares, Muñecos by Alberto Méndez, and Dionaea by Gustavo Herrera. Hidalgo has also performed as a principal with Media City Ballet and a soloist at Los Angeles Ballet. Since joining Milwaukee Ballet, she has danced many featured roles Michael Pink's works, including Mimi in La Bohème, Odile in Swan Lake, Lucy in Dracula, and the title roles in Giselle and Cinderella. She also appeared in the winning pieces from Genesis 2013 (Gabrielle Lamb's Manifold) and 2015 (Garrett Smith's Mortal Form). This is her sixth season with Milwaukee Ballet.
(Headshot by Timothy O'Donnell. Production photo by Mark Frohna.)