Yaima Mendez was born in Cuba on February 19, 1990. She began ballet at 7, studying at the Alejo Campetier Provincial Ballet School in Havana where she excelled. Accepted at the Cuban National Ballet Schoo,l she competed with dancers from all over the world at the Concurso Internacional de Ballet in Havana, Cuba where she won prizes in 2004 and 2006. Following her graduation in 2009, she danced for the Cuban National Ballet both in the corp de ballet and as a soloist. During her tenure with the Cuban National Ballet she performed in Cuba and traveled with the company to Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Ms. Mendez defected in Puerto Rico and entered the United States on June 4, 2014.
Upon her arrival in Miami she was contacted by Ballet Cubano de Miami. She has performed with them on several occasions and participated in the XIX International Ballet Festival Miami 2014-USA.
Ballets performed include Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Theme and Variations, Magic Flute, Cleopatra, Scheherazade and Paquita.
What I do in my spare time:
-to listen to music
-Sit down and watch the sea,fills me with peace and tranquillity
-Spend time with my family
-to do that every day is special
-The Phantom of the opera (movie)
Favorite dance role:
Favorite vacation place:
– A place where you can enjoy nature, I love the natural life because I am inspired by and feeds the soul
Why I dance:
– I love to dance! I like to dance not only ballet but any dance in general… music I feel within me as well as dance. When I dance is as if floating and at the same time I leave if I become the character that is playing at that moment. Dancing for me is a pleasure… is infinite love I feel inside of me for the dance, because through it I Express all my feelings so much joy as sorrow. Often dance me consuela filling my heart with happiness! For all this I say that dance for me has become over the years with my life and source of inspiration, giving me the strength to keep fighting to reach my dreams every day.