Artists in Residence (AIRS) & Guest Artist

LAURA MASSAGUE

Artist in Residence

Laura began her ballet training at the age of 9 in the Elementary School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba. She then danced in the National School of Ballet, graduating with Golden Title of Dancer/Professor. During these school years she participated and received honors in International Concourses. In 2005, at the age of 18, she became a member of Alicia Alonso’s National Ballet of Cuba, staying with the company for nearly a decade. Throughout this time, she danced in countless ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia, Paquita, Napoli, Les Sylphides and many other classics, alongside contemporary pieces with the company. Laura participated in international tours through Europe, Egypt, Australia and the Americas. She also studied in the Cuban Institute of Superior Arts for four years, and choreographed a piece of her own. With the National Ballet, she rose through the ranks of  Corps de Ballet to Soloist. She took classes and rehearsals from renown ballet dancers and teachers such as Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Aurora Bosh, Svetlana Ballester, Azary Plissetsky, Lazaro Carreño and others. She is very grateful to the Cuban National Ballet and its entire staff for the experience and lessons she gained. In October 2014, she moved to Houston, and became a Guest Artist for BAHBT performing the leading roles of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The following season until present, she joined the company as an Artist in Residence, performing the principal roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Snow White, among others, being lead by the hand of Nelson Madrigal and Lorna Feijóo. She is the Ballet Mistress of Feijóo Ballet School.

JOHN RUTH

Guest Artist

John proudly celebrates his 28th season with Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT). Companies include Houston Ballet, Houston Jazz-Ballet, City Ballet of Houston, Space/Dance/Theatre, National Ballet of Cuba, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Grand Opera and BAHBT. John has danced the full spectrum of ballet repertory including The Nutcracker (Snow Cavalier, Nutcracker Prince, Spanish, Arabian, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Drosselmeyer), Coppélia (Mazurka, Franz, Dr. Coppélius), Giselle (Prince Albrect, Peasant Pas De Deux, Hilarion), Dracula (Sandor, Dr. Van Helsing), Cinderella (Prince, Father, Stepmother), Peter and the Wolf (Peter, Grandfather), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Tristan and Isolde (King Mark), Gaiety Parisienne (Billiard Player), The Sleeping Beauty (Rose Cavalier, Puss ‘n Boots, Bluebird, Carabosse), The Seasons (Winter), The Merry Widow (Mazurka), Edward Scissorhands (the Creator), Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Von Rothbart),The Firebird (The Wizard), Degas (Edward Degas) and La Sylphide (Madge the Witch).

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