Leonardo Imanol Rosado González was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Leonardo began training in gymnastics in their early years and, at the age of 9, started ballet with Bellas Artes de Arecibo (Arts School) under Lisbeth Zeda, Wayne Report, and Carla Curret. During their first year, they were awarded a scholarship to train at Ballet de San Juan. At age 13, Leonardo became the only person in Puerto Rico to earn a scholarship, titled Futuro Danzante ( Future Dancer), which created an opportunity for them to train under Waldo Gonzalez at the School for the Performing Arts. There Leonardo developed their ballet skills and expanded their dance vocabulary in modern, musical theater, and hip-hop. During that time, Leonardo began high school and enrolled in Julian E. Blanco Escuela Especializada en Ballet (Specialized School in Ballet) where they remained for three years. At 16 Leonardo was awarded a two-year scholarship with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) where they trained under the late Marcia D. Weary, Darla Hoover, Simon Ball, Andrea Long, Nicholas Ade, and Alan Hineline. At CPYB, Leonardo also gained the opportunity to dance in ballets by George Balanchine and Alan Hineline.
Leonardo joined Ballet Idaho as an apprentice during the 2020-21 season and was promoted to company artist in 2022, having enjoyed featured roles in The Nutcracker, Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto 622, and as “Bird” in Anne Mueller’s Peter and the Wolf. Aside from ballet, Leonardo excels as a Direct Support Professional with the certification for Assistance with Medications, aiding developmentally disabled individuals.
This is Leonardo’s third season with Ballet Idaho.
Generously sponsored for the 22.23 season by Once Upon a Dance.