Havana, Cuba

Dance Training

Escuela de ballet Alejo Carpentier
Escuela Nacional de ballet Fernando Alonso

Year Joined


Previous Companies

Ballet Nacional de Cuba - 2011-2014
The Washington Ballet - 2014-2023

Favorite Roles

Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream
Apollo in George Balanchine's Apollo
Othello in Lar Lubovitch's Othello
Bugle Boy in Paul Taylor's Company B
Siegfried in Swan Lake
Albrecht in Giselle
Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty
Waltz Man in George Balanchine's Serenade
Romeo in John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Celeste
Jessica Lang's Reverence
Donald Byrd's Other Suns

Favorite Ballets

Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream
George Balanchine's Apollo
Lar Lubovitch's Othello
Paul Taylor's Company B
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty
George Balanchine's Serenade
John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet

Over time my career has been working in development roles where I could look different every time I get to be on the stage. All these ballets listed perfectly show how much you can grow as an artist. I think that is why I like them so much.

A Defining Moment

This past season at The Washington Ballet, I had the opportunity to dance in one of the most challenging ballets ever created, Themes and Variations by George Balanchine. I had the pleasure of dancing this to a level where my colleagues and my relevant were happy. It brought significant joy to my career, making me proud to stay focused and work toward a goal.


Gian Carlo Perez joins Houston Ballet as a First Soloist from The Washington Ballet. Perez began his ballet training in Havana, dancing with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. He has performed in Spain, Panama, France, and Italy. In Rome, his repertoire included Celeste by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Lumino by Peter Quans. In 2014, Perez performed with Manuela Navarro in a ballet series in Panama and at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and participated in the Gala of the Stars of the 21st Century in France. In 2017, he was awarded a Princess Grace Fellowship in Dance.


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