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Francesca Dugarte

FRANCESCA DUGARTE, of Caracas, Venezuela, is in her first season with The Washington Ballet.  Ms. Dugarte trained at Academia de Ballet Clasico Nina Novak and La Scalla Theatre Ballet School.  Before joining TWB, she was a principal dancer at Teatro Teresa Carreno, a demi-soloist at Zurich Ballet, a principal dancer at Victor Ullate Ballet and a guest artist at Slovakia National Ballet.  In 2011, Ms. Dugarte was a contestant on the reality show, Amici di Maria de Fillippi in Rome.  Ms. Dugarte is the winner of numerous awards including Second Place in Youth American Grand Prix. In 2007, she won First Place in Korea’s International Ballet Competition and in 2010, she was the winner of the “Presidential Sponsorship Award” at Korea’s International Ballet Competition.  Ms. Dugarte has danced a variety of repertoire including Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Diana & Acteon, Paquita, Esmeralda, Flames of Paris, Napoli, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Serenade, Graduation Ball, Carmen, Theme and Variations, Firebird, 27’52”, In the Upper Room, Samsara, Jaleos, and Coppelia.