Meet Elisa Carrillo: Mexican prima ballerina of the Berlin State Ballet
Considered one of the best dancers in Europe, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera is proudly the prima ballerina of the Berlin State Ballet; she was also named by the congress of Mexico as ambassador of Mexican culture and through her foundation supports the artistic talent of hundreds of children and young people in Mexico.
“I think there is nothing else that can make me feel prouder than the fact that I am Mexican… For me it is a great satisfaction to honor the name of my country and my family”, said on a video of ‘Mexico, Historias que Inspiran’.
Born in the town of Texcoco in the State of Mexico, Elisa realizes that training is vital, she started on ballet classes at the age of 5, and then at the age of 8 she joined the National School of Classic and Contemporary Dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts. Lately, the little dancer won a scholarship to complete her artistic development at the English National Ballet in London; she was only 16 years old.
Away from her family and country, Elisa had to learn to face and overcome many challenges, but her passion and presence on stage opened the doors to join one of the best ballet companies in the world, the Berlin State Ballet.
“Step by step, with a lot of discipline, with a lot of love, with so much effort, was how I reached the position of prima ballerina and that would not have been possible if I were not from Mexico, because that love, that passion that I have for living, is the same that I have for my country”, said Elisa.
Her love for Mexico -despite she has been absent for several years- led her to establish her own foundation, with the ambition of getting Mexican society closer to the world of classic dance and to help children develop their artistic skills as she did but in their own country.
As prima ballerina, she has had the opportunity to dance on big stages around the world, but her dream to return home and present a show came true five years ago, when she starred the ballet gala of the State of Mexico; since then, Elisa has been involved in this annual event, calling other great dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London, the Dutch National Ballet, the Scala Theatre Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet.
This year’s edition of ‘Elisa y Amigos’ –set for this summer- will be a very special presentation, due it will be her first presentation after her pregnancy.
“I think that pregnancy is a blessing, it’s a wonderful thing. In life there are priorities and one of them is also to develop as a woman”, told Notimex.