Lester Gonzalez graduated from the National Ballet School of Havana, Cuba, in 2011. Immediately after, he joined the Laura Alonzo Ballet as a company dancer. He later decided to emigrate to the United States with his siblings with the desire to expand his professional opportunities.
Throughout his career, he has performed diverse roles from the classical and contemporary repertoire, including lead roles in Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby and Fluctuating Hemlines. Most recently, while dancing with Ballet San Antonio, he performed as Romeo in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet. Lester was featured in productions with the San Diego Opera and Arizona Opera and was invited to perform at the final gala of Yucatan Dance Stage (2019) in Mexico. In the summer of 2019, he had the immense privilege to participate in a European tour organized by mezzo-soprano Natalie Bancroft and choreographed by Kevin Jenkins.
Lester is looking forward to sharing his passion for dance with the Dayton community in his first season with Dayton Ballet.