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Penelope Blanco

Born in Caracas-Venezuela, Penelope completed her professional ballet training under the guidance of Nina Novak who was a former Prima Ballerina from the Ballet Russes of Monte Carlo. Later she completed her Cecchetti Associated Diploma in ballet instruction, at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada.

Penelope joins the National Ballet of Venezuela when she was only 16, artistic director: Vicente Nebrada, also she performed must of the classical repertoire ballets, dancing: Don Quijote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Giselle and Paquita. In 2000 she had the opportunity to move to Canada performing at the Ontario Ballet Theatre and stayed in Canada completing her teachers training degree, at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. In 2005 Penelope joins the WA Ballet under the artistic direction of Simon Dow performing his choreographies including: Dangerous Liasons, Alice and wonderland and The Red Shoes. Continuing dancing in Perth under the direction of Ivan Cavallary performing many renown choreographies by Australian and International choreographers such as: Chrissie Parrot, Kim McCarthy, Petr Zuska and Paul Lightfoot’s.

Penelope has taught, choreographed and coached for prestigious ballet schools in Perth including: WA Conservatoire for Classical Ballet, Perth School of Ballet, Graduate College and the Star Factory. Her choreography: Black and White opened in Perth the Australian Cechetti Conference in 2012. Followed her dance career she completed a Masters by Research in Sports Science at ECU, investigating physiological parameters to improve dance performance in ballet dancers. Currently she is working as a supervisor for the 4th year dance students at WAAPA.

Penelope will be joining STRUT Dance in August, teaching ballet warm-up classes for the SITU-8:Hotel project and cast.