Nelson Madrigal trained with the Cuban National Ballet School, under the direction of the famous Alicia Alonso. He joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 1994 where he was a distinguished Primeros Bailarines. Madrigal was a principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet for the 2002-03 Season and then joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2003. Mr. Madrigal’s dancing repertoire is expansive, including every leading role in the classical ballets: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Paquita , La Bayadere, Raymonda, Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias and The Nutcracker, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Kudelka’s Cinderella, Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, Cranko’s Romeo and Juliette, Elo’s Plan to B, Eldar Aliev’s 1001 Nights, Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Ballo della Regina, Square Dance, Symphony in C, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Coppélia, Martins’ Distant Light, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Mozartiana, Stars and Stripes, Sylvia Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Tschaikovsky Pas De Deux, Who Cares, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Kylián’s Sarabande, No More Play, Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux among many others. He performed Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rosa, dancing this last piece for the first time with the famous Italian Ballerina, Carla Fracci.
Mr. Madrigal was invited to dance in the Benoit de la dance at the Bolshoi Theater. Spotlighted by Lewis Segal, critic of Los Angeles Times who expressed “…pride of place belonged to Nelson Madrigal as the dancing Master for his brilliant turns and jumps, perfect clarity; whether on the ground or in the air, and disarming modesty. A dancing master indeed.” Mr. Madrigal performed with BAHBT for four seasons as guest artist and relocated from Boston to the Houston area to become BAHBT’s Ballet Master and Artistic Director. Mr. Madrigal has enjoyed creating and staging full-length ballets for BAHBT such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dracula and Swan Lake alongside Associate Artistic Director, Natalie Zundel.
Mr. Madrigal has two beautiful children with wife Lorna Feijóo. Their children are the light of their lives.