Born in Cork, Ireland, Richard d’Alton is a graduated Dancer and Teacher (with Diploma and Certification) of the National Ballet School of Cuba. He won a Bronze Medal and a Silver Medal, respectively, in the 1998 and 1999 International Ballet Competition’s in Havana, Cuba. In 1999 he joined the National Ballet of Cuba at the invitation of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso.
Subsequently he joined the Orlando Ballet at the invitation of renowned dancer Fernando Bujones. As a Principal Artist he has danced roles including Basilio in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppelia, Albretch in Giselle, Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee, Lucien in Paquita, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Ben Stevenson’s Harlequinade, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano, Le Corsaire, La Esmeralda, Merchant and the Slave, Flames of Paris, Minkus Pas de Trois, Le Talisman, La Vivandiere Pas de Six, and Grand Pas Classique.
He has also danced contemporary works by choreographers including Glen Tetley, Robert North, Alberto Mendez, Alberto Alonso, Gustavo Herrera and Fernando Bujones, among many others. Mr. d’Alton was also elected to the position of ‘Dancer Representative’ for Orlando Ballet, where he worked closely with Mr. Bujones and the Executive Staff on all dancer-related issues.
Mr. d’Alton began his teaching career in 2004, and his success as an internationally recognized teacher are apparent through the accolades of his dancers. Aside from his dancers being offered contracts and trainee positions to companies around the world including Balet Sibiu (Romania), Sarasota Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Florida, and Ballet Austin among others, they have also represented the United States of America in competitions such as the 37th Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), 5th Nureyev IBC (Budapest), 6th Helsinki IBC (Finland), the 3rd Sibiu IBC (Romania), and the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Certamen Internacional de Ciutat Barcelona (Spain).