Marena S. Pérez Bobadilla
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Marena Pérez commenced her training at Ballet de Nana Hudo. She began her professional experience in Compañía de Ballet Municipal of San Juan. In 1998 became part of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, quickly rising to soloist. During this period the company traveled on several tours within and outside the United States and Taiwan among other countries. In 2005, she joined Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and was promoted to principal dancer in August of the same year. From 2007 to 2009, Mrs. Pérez was part of Andanza, a renowned contemporary dance company in Puerto Rico. As of today, she has resumed her role as principal dancer of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico.
Her repertoire includes principal and soloist roles in classics like: The Nutcracker, Carmen, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Giselle, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, among others. Highlighting in "Sugar Plum," Carmen, Odile, Swanilda, Zulma and Moina, Aurora, Cerrito in Grand Pas de Quatre, Charlotte in Phantom of the Opera, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère and The Dying Swan.
In 2004, 2005 and 2010, Mrs. Pérez participated in the International Dance Festival in Miami performing the pas de deux from Esmeralda, Coppélia and Spring Waters. In 2005 she won two gold medals and one bronze performing the pas de deux from Le Corsaire and the dance works Majísimo and ¿Dónde están? in the Segundo Certamen Interamericano de Danza in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In January 2010 she participated in the Festival de Ballet de Panamá performing Piazzola en Concierto.
In neo-classical and contemporary roles, Mrs. Pérez highlighted in Dark Angel of Serenade, Jerome Robbins In the Night, Le Combat, Emilia in The Moors Pavane, and Carmina Burana. She has performed as guest artist with the NCYB Ballet of North Carolina alongside José Rodríguez and Aureo Andino and with the RMT Ballet in Haiti, with Armando Seda and Oliver Westchester, principal dancer of the Ballet of Montreal, Canada.