Adriana Suarez

Associate Professor of Dance
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As a teacher, I strive to infuse passion and help students develop the ability to create art by understanding the possibilities of the body through discipline and tenacity. 

Adriana Suarez joined the Conservatory in 2005 and is an associate professor of dance, specializing in advanced ballet, pointe technique, Gyrokinesis®, and classical and contemporary repertoire. She has also served as rehearsal director for resident choreographers and was co-artistic director of Boston Conservatory's Summer Dance Intensive with Gianni Di Marco from 2011 to 2014.

Her dance career started in New York City, where she performed as a guest artist following her training at School of American Ballet. She was quickly spotted by Bruce Marks and invited to join the Boston Ballet in 1989. She became a principal ballerina in 1994 and has performed the lead role in a wide range of classical ballets, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker. Her contemporary repertoire includes the leading role in numerous works by George Balanchine, including Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Terpsichore in Apollo, and Serenade.

Suarez has had the pleasure of working closely with such renowned choreographers as Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and Nacho Duato. She has performed the roles of Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and has created roles for Christopher Wheeldon's Firebird and Twyla Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles. Suarez created many roles for Daniel Pelzig while he was a resident choreographer at Boston Ballet. She has appeared as a guest artist in South America and Asia. In 1997, she took a leave of absence to join Oper Leipzig Ballett in Germany as a principal ballerina under the direction of Proffesor Uwe Scholz, where she performed the classics as well as many of his works. Upon returning to Boston Ballet, she continued to broaden her repertoire and teaching skills.

Her teaching experience includes Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey School and Company, Harvard University, Ballet Hispanico, Brookline Ballet School, University of South Carolina, Green Street Studios, Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, and Regional Dance America.

Suarez has lectured for the Dance Medicine Symposium at Children's Hospital and is a certified instructor in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Recognition from Venezuelan Consulate as Outstanding Artist in New England (2010)
  • Champion Award, Boston Center for the Arts (2004)
  • Recipient of full scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study abroad (1981)

Recent Engagements

  • Children's Hospital Dance Medicine Symposium (2015)—Guest speaker
  • Dance Magazine (2000)—Featured artist
  • WGBH Anything for Dance (broadcast documentary, 2000)—Featured artist