Instructor, School of Ballet
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoted to Soloist in 2023
Vianca Palacios began training at age three at Balleteatro Infantil de Nana Hudo in Puerto Rico. In 2015, she received a scholarship to attend the Summer Intensive of the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and later in 2016 trained in the Cuballet summer intensive with the company Prodanza in Cuba under the direction of Laura Alonzo where she got the opportunity to perform in the company’s production of Le Bayadere.
In 2016, she began her professional career with Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico as an apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet a year after. During her time with BNPR she got to perform in ballets such as Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Sylvia, Swan Lake, and many others.
Later in 2017, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School offered her a full scholarship. There she got opportunities to perform in many classical and original contemporary works.
In 2019, she joined Ballet San Antonio as Corps de Ballet and performed as Cheshire Cat and Tweedle Dee in Brian Enos’s Alice in Wonderland, Harlot in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, Clorinda in Conny Mathôt’s Cinderella, and various other roles in The Nutcracker. In 2023, Palacios was promoted to soloist of the company.
Get to know Vianca
When did you start dancing and why?
I started dancing when I was three years old in Puerto Rico. What started as an activity my parents thought I would enjoy transformed into one of my biggest passions in life.
What inspired you? What inspires you as a pro?
There’re many dancers that I have admired while growing up and throughout my career. My biggest inspiration comes from all the hardships I went through to be where I am today and the hope of continuing to grow into the best dancer I can be.
Why did you choose BSA, and for some both BSA-SBSA?
BSA has given me the opportunity to grow as a dancer while performing a repertoire I enjoy. I value the environment I dance in tremendously and being part of this company truly feels like being a part of a family. I’m also an instructor at SBSA since its opening in January 2021. I love teaching as much as I love dancing. Helping the next generation of dancers reach their maximum potential while being inclusive and kind is one of my life goals. SBSA has always allowed me to fulfill these goals.