Juan Carlos Osma was born in Cuba in 1992. He trained in ballet from the age of 9 and graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba in 2011 with tutelage from Laura Alonso and Ramona de Saa amongst others.
He has also taken classes with Carlos Acosta, Jose Martin (The Royal Ballet) and Lien Chang. At the age of 14 he successfully auditioned to take part in the “Encuentro Internacional de Academias de Ballet”, a festival of world dance academies meeting annually in Havana. He has also participated in four Havana International Ballet Festivals (2007-2010) as a corps de ballet dancer (Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, The Magic Flute) and as Torrero in Don Quixote.
Juan Carlos Osma has choreographed for the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana in the Choreographers Workshop and for the National Ballet of Cuba in Havana.
From 2011 to 2013 he was a lead dancer in the Ballet Revolucion touring company, a mix of classical technique, contemporary and hip-hop with sold-out tours in Australia and Europe.
In 2012 he did company classes with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet am Rhein Dusseldorf-Duisburg, Rambert Dance Company and Pheonix Dance Company. He also performed with TV Ballet, Cuba’s leading commercial dance company, for events such as the LUCAS Awards (Cuba’s MTV Awards).
In 2010 and 2011 he furthered his classical training as well as performed leading roles for Ballet Laura Alonso in three ballets: Paquita (Pas de Quatre), The Nutcracker (Russian Dancer) and Dracula. He was also invited to choreograph several pieces for the company.
Further contemporary technique training took place with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba in 2010. In the same year Habana Rakatan invited him to train in contemporary technique and subsequently participated in various stage and TV performances with them.
Television, music and film appearances include The Royal Variety Performance 2012 with Ballet Revolucion with the performance televised in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II; Wetten Das? with Ballet Revolucion on Europe’s biggest TV show; dancer/actor in music video clips for Russian jazz singer Iryna; film role as a dancer in Una Danza para mi Habana, an Italian-Cuban co-production filmed in Havana (2011).
Mr Osma appeared in La Bayadère with Joburg Ballet September 2014. Since his promotion to Senior Soloist with Joburg Ballet, his roles include Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote and the Poet I Les Sylphides. He also made his choreographic debut for the company with a piece entitled TWITTER for the company’s Celebration 7 season and danced in Kelsey Middleton’s duet The Last Supper.