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Miriam Mesa Pelly


Phone: 864.282.3707

Location: B-229

Miriam Mesa-Pelly, BFA, was born in Havana, Cuba, where she was a 1st Soloist with the world -renowned “National Ballet of Cuba (BNC)” under the direction of Fernando and Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso. In 1948 this couple, along with choreographer Alberto Alonso, founded the Cuban Ballet Company where Ms. Mesa-Pelly danced for 24 years.

Ms. Mesa-Pelly danced Principal roles in works by such prominent choreographers as Alberto Alonso, Brian McDonald and Alberto Mendez. She performed throughout Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada in such venues as the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow; the Opera Theater of Les Champs Elysées; the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires; La Scala in Milan; the Beaux Arts Theater in Mexico City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Additionally, Ms. Mesa-Pelly taught ballet at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana and received a Golden Diploma of Performing Arts and Dance from the “Cuban Superior Institute of Arts” from Havana University. Ms. Mesa-Pelly also taught ballet at the Fomento Artistic Cordobes (PROVER) in Cordoba, Veracruz and taught Ballet, Pointe, and Repertoire and was a teacher for the Bachelor of Methodology in Ballet at the Mexican National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance (ENDCC) in Mexico City where in 2004 she wrote a textbook for ballet teachers, “Classical Dance Technique,” edited and published under the “National Institute of Fine Arts” (INBA).

In the United States, Ms. Mesa-Pelly has also participated as a juror for the “Valentina Kozlova Regional International Ballet Competition” in New Orleans. Ms. Mesa-Pelly currently teaches ballet at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and for the Dance Department is the Coordinator for the Youth America Grand Prix International Competition (YAGP).