Dayana Hardy Acuna


Dayana Acuña was born in Cuba. At age 9 she started to study music but soon changed to ballet, obtaining many awards at events and competitions. At the National Ballet School of Cuba she studied with the best teachers of Cuban ballet and in 2009 participated in the first cultural interchange with Mzansi Productions, South Africa.

She started her professional career at Ballet de Santiago in Cuba, dancing Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Grand Pas Classique. In 2011 she was invited by Mzansi Productions, South Africa, to dance in Don Quixote. In Cuba she was invited to dance in a tribute to Cuban star, Carlos Acosta. With Cuba’s Ballet de Camaguey she has danced in, among other ballets, Coppélia, Spring Waters, Grand Pas de Quatre and La Vivandiere.

In 2014 she danced the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker in Santiago de Cuba, and returning to South Africa, she danced with Joburg Ballet in the full-length La Bayadère and The Nutcracker Re-Imagined in September 2014. Also in 2014 she toured to China with Joburg Ballet.

Most recently, she was seen in Joburg Ballet’s productions of Swan Lake (Cygnets), Don Quixote (Cupid and Kitri’s Friend), La Vivandiere, Kelsey Middleton’s The Last Supper and Les Sylphides.