11 Facts About Herman Cornejo


Herman Cornejo was born on 13 May 1981 and is an Argentine-born ballet dancer and a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.


Herman Cornejo has had leading roles created for him by Alexei Ratmansky and Twyla Tharp; his signature roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and the leading male role in Ratmansky's Symphony No 9.


Herman Cornejo won a Bessie Award in 2013, and the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2014.


Herman Cornejo enrolled in the school of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires at age 9.


In 1999, at the ABT, Herman Cornejo was chosen for the role of the Bronze Idol in Makarova's production of La Bayadere in Japan.


In 2015, Herman Cornejo was the artistic director of the Latin American Stars Gala, part of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County's 50th anniversary celebrations.


Herman Cornejo has performed as a guest artist with numerous companies around the world, including Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, La Scala Ballet, Universal Ballet of Korea, National Ballet of Japan, Kremlin Ballet, Dortmund Ballett, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham Company, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Contemporaneo de Cuba and Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon.

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Traditional ballet roles cast short male dancers in minor or comical parts, and Herman Cornejo was given such parts early in his career; critics called for him to be given larger roles, in recognition of his technical ability and popularity, and he was eventually cast in many lead roles as his career progressed.


Herman Cornejo has remarked that he feels "much bigger" than others perceive him, enjoying "big, slow" adagio choreography as well as the quicker movements generally assigned to smaller dancers.


Herman Cornejo was married to Carmen Corella, a professional dancer from Spain and the sister of Angel Corella, the founder and director of the Corella Ballet.


Herman Cornejo is married to an Argentine journalist, they have a child and are living in the Bronx, New York City.