Maria Teresa del Real
Maria Teresa del Real was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents. Soon after, her family moved to Puerto Rico where her early ballet training began at Ballets de San Juan. Later, she studied in New York, at the School of the American Ballet and with Vaganova specialist Gabriella Darvash. As a young ballerina, Ms. del Real danced her first Giselle opposite Rudolph Nureyev. A year later, partnered by Miguel Campaneria, she won a bronze medal at the Varna International Competition, bringing the United States its first medal in 10 years. Upon her return to the U.S., President Reagan extended an invitation to meet at the Oval Office to receive his personal congratulations. Mayor Edward Koch also received her in New York City and awarded her the Crystal Apple Award from the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. Two years later, representing the U.S.A., she would go on to win the Soviet Ballet Prize at the Moscow International Competition. Ms. del Real's held the position of Principal Ballerina with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (1984–1987), the Royal Ballet of Flanders (1987–1989), and the English National Ballet (1989 -1994). She was also a guest ballerina dancing internationally with world-renown partners, i.e., Rudolph Nureyev, Fernando Bujones, Carlos Acosta, Jose Manuel Carreño, and Maximiliano Guerra, among others. Upon retiring, she joined the full-time teaching staff at the prestigious Central School of Ballet in London (1998 – 2005). Ms. del Real now lives in Miami, Fl where she continues to teach at Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts.