About Ballet Magnificat!
The People of Ballet Magnificat!
Ms. Sol Maisonet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Started training in classical ballet at the age of 12. Throughout the years, Ms. Maisonet received many scholarships by the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture to continue training in New York City (USA) and in Cuba. Some of her teachers were, Madame Maggie Black, Ramón Segarra, David Howard, Melissa Hayden, Juan Anduze, and José Pares to mention some.
Ms. Maisonet performed professionally as Soloist and Principal Dancer for more than 25 years with companies such as Ballet Puertorriqueño, Ballet Theatre of San Juan, Ballet Concierto, and Ballets of San Juan. In 1983, was invited by the government of Colombia under the Artistic Director Ramon Segarra. ,to dance as a Principal Dancer with the “Ballet Nacional of Colombia” with headquarters in Bogota. As a Principal dancer she lead several original ballets especially choreographed for her, "Val’s of Ravel" and Stravinsky’s "Firebird’s "Symphony in Three Movements" and "Ciclos".
As a professional dancer performed principal roles in many classical ballets including "The Nutcracker", "Les Sylphides", "Swan Lake", "Rites of Spring", "Tango Expectro", "The Merry Widow", George Balanchine’s "Rubies", "Serenade", "Who Cares" and many companies repertoires.
In 1990 was invited to represent Puerto Rico in Barcelona, Spain, at the 5th Iberoamerican Festival, Oscar Lopez; She became one of the finalist with Cuban choreographer Petra Bravo’s piece “Que Signo Lleva el Amor”. In 1992, she joined recognized choreographer Gabry Christa from Holland and Gloria Llompart from Puerto Rico to found the dance company, "Danzadentro".
In 1994 once again, represented Puerto Rico in Barcelona, this time with her own choreography "Una Vez al Mes". On two occasions, Ms. Maisonet represented Puerto Rico and then the Virgin Islands in Caracas, Venezuela, in the "Latin-American Dance Congress" with Bravo's choreography "Un Solo Dueto" and Gabry Christa's "Matutina" for the Virgin Islands and in New York City.
Ms. Sol Maisonet has been teaching classical ballet since 1977 up to date. Some of her accomplishments are but not lease, developing and enhanced the Dance Department Ballet Curriculum for the School of the Arts in Carolina Puerto Rico. Choreographer for children musicals such as “Lilipun” “Aladdin” and several theater plays. Couched and trained many professional dancers during her career.
Guest Master Teacher for Summer Intensives at San Augustine Conservatory of Dance in FL, Rejoice Dance Academy in MS, Ballet Aviv in Louisiana and Ballet 5:8 IL, Ballet Magnificat former Trainee Program Director and Ballet Magnificat II Artistic Director, as School of Arts Principal, developed the Upper School Ballet syllabus from 2001-2011.
From 2011-2016 served as adjunct Dance Faculty for Belhaven University, Dance Ministry Ensemble Artistic Director. Now she serves as Rehearsal Director for guest choreographers for the fall and spring Belhaven dance concerts. Ms. Maisonet currently works as Ballet Mistress for Ballet Magnificat! Alpha and Omega Companies as well as with Trainee companies as Rehearsal and Master Teacher.