Israel Zavaleta Escobedo (Mexico)
Joined Orlando Ballet in 2018
Israel began dancing at the age of 12 at the Academy de la Danza Mexicana. In 2014, he won 2nd place in the International Dance Competition Attitude and attended the Joffrey Ballet summer intensive. He won 2nd place at the National Ballet Competition in Mexico in 2015. He later attended the Idyllwilds Arts Academy Summer in Mexico and was a finalist to earn a scholarship to Orlando Ballet School. After attending summer intensive at OBS, he joined as a member of Orlando Ballet Second Company. He received 2nd place at YAGP semi-finals in the Pas De Deux category and had the opportunity to perform at the Gala “Stars of Today, Meet the Dancers of Tomorrow”. He was a competitor at the USA IBC representing Mexico in 2018. He is excited to be joining Orlando Ballet as an Apprentice for the 2018-19 Season.
Photography by Michael Cairns 2018