Rudy Candia joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) in 2006 and has performed many leading roles with Ballet San Jose including Don José in Roland Petit's Carmen, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Vladimir in The Firebird and the Tsar in Dennis Nahat's The Nutcracker. He was a member of the S.O.D.R.E. Ballet Company in Uruguay, where he performed classical ballet repertoire beginning in 1996. Mr. Candia joined the Carolina Ballet in 2001, and performed soloist roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Inscapes, Prodigal Son, Carmen and The Nutcracker, among other works.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he began his study of dance at the Provincial Ballet School. In Montevideo, Uruguay he trained at the Uruguayan National Ballet School beginning in 1996. Both his parents were principal dancers at the National Ballet of Cuba.
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