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Gladisa Guadalupe

Governor's Awards 2022: Gladisa Guadalupe, Arts Administration Award Winner

Gladisa Guadalupe, a dancer and teaching artist, is the co-founder and artistic director of the Cleveland Ballet and the founder of the School of Cleveland Ballet. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Guadalupe started her dance training at the age of 13 with Ballet de San Juan, becoming one of the company’s youngest members. A scholarship alumna of the School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, Ms. Guadalupe’s career in professional ballet has included principal dancer roles with Ballet de San Juan; Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela); the Cleveland – San Jose Ballet (San Jose, California, and Cleveland); and the Cleveland Ballet.

After retiring from the stage, Ms. Guadalupe founded the Cleveland School of Dance (now known as the School of Cleveland Ballet), where she also served as director and principal teacher upon the school’s establishment in 2000. In 2014, Ms. Guadalupe and her husband, Dr. Michael Krasnyansky, established the Cleveland Ballet, the resident ballet company of the City of Cleveland. Under Ms. Guadalupe’s guidance and artistic excellence, the Cleveland Ballet has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing ballet companies in the United States. With a dynamic and practical approach to instruction, Ms. Guadalupe has assisted students in effective training and application of their objectives and was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 2015, Ms. Guadalupe was invited to serve on the Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at the School of American Ballet and that same year received the Festival Internacional del Baile honor from San Juan. She has also served as a consultant for various Northeast Ohio organizations, and her leadership was honored in 2021 with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award.

Since its beginning in 1971, the Governor's Awards has recognized individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio's cultural resources. One of the most prestigious arts events in Ohio, the Governor's Awards showcases and celebrates exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Governor's Awards recipients are honored at a luncheon ceremony in Columbus, where they are presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor. Each award winner receives an original piece of artwork created specifically for the event by an Ohio artist and the opportunity to share their story with other arts supporters statewide.

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