Dancer Spotlight | Lyvan Verdecia
Growing up, Lyvan would emulate the choreography he watched his cousin doing and put on performances for his family's guests. Now, Lyvan has performed for audiences across the globe. When he saw Ballet Hispánico at the Havana International Ballet Festival in 2014, he saw everything he wanted in a dance Company.
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Name: Lyvan Verdecia
Born & Raised: Havana, Cuba
Joined BH: August 2015
When I was a kid, I grew up next to my cousin Miguel Altunaga He was a dancer and still is. I remember dancing or trying to dance every single choreography that he danced. This is how my passion for dance began. My cousin trained me until I started in the Ballet School at the age of 9 where I had the blessing of having amazing ballet teachers who encouraged me to work hard every day.
Right away, I knew I wanted to dance when I saw my cousin performing on stage. I felt that I desperately wanted to get on that same stage and dance too. I remember myself dancing in the living room of my house in Cuba for all the guests. I would show them my version of the choreography that my cousin had recently danced.
My favorite performance was in London in 2006. I had the opportunity to dance with Carlos Acosta in Tocororo "A Cuban Tale". In this choreography based on the life of Carlos Acosta, I danced the role of young Carlos. Dancing with Carlos Acosta, my phenomenal fellow cuban cast mates, and dancing for a different audience outside of my homeland each evening taught me a great deal. This experience helpd me to be the dancer that I am today.
In 2014, I saw Ballet Hispánico perform at the Havana International Ballet Festival. Without knowing much about Ballet Hispánico, I went to a rehearsal and to one of the their performances, and I fell in love right away. Ballet Hispánico had everything I wanted. It had the contemporary movements plus the Latino flavor. I saw in Ballet Hispánico a part of Cuba, a part of the Latino identity that distinguishes us as a Culture and as a People.
Every year people learn more. The whole world is moving forward and the same is happening with dance. Nowadays, dance technique is more evolved than years ago. I think now dancers have more knowledge and a better understanding of how to execute a dance step with proper technique and artistry but never forgetting the basic principles that got them to that point of mastery.