Puerto Rico Classical Dance Competition is a competition dedicated to awarding scholarships to classical ballet students with an aspiration to become professional dancer. PRCD is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to support the growth of the classical ballet training. The event is three days in which students ages 9-19 will participate, be observed in master classes, and present variations to internationally recognized judges for an opportunity to be awarded scholarships. The chosen students will be awarded scholarships and will have access to international dance programs and companies. The event aims to provide a platform for students to have a stimulus to continue developing in this art of classical dance and to assist in the transition to a professional career in dance. The competition is open to all students of the indicated ages, all genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
The goal of PRCDC is to create a platform for young people in artistic development to continue their studies in professional companies with the possibility of being hired as future professionals in classical dance. It aims to provide resources through scholarships to students who exhibit extraordinary talent and assist in their development through scholarships to assist in the costly training.
About the Founder and Artistic Director
Blanca Huertas-Agnew began her training in Puerto Rico under the tutelage of her mother, Blanca E. Cortés. She later joined Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico as an Apprentice (Taller) and further became a member of the corps of ballet. Later she joined Ballets de San Juan where she earned the title of Principal Soloist under the direction of Ana Garcia. During her career, she had the opportunity to perform an array of classical and contemporary repertoire. She was chosen to dance lead roles such as Lise in Fille Mal Gardée, Swanilda in Coppélia, Myrtha in Giselle, and Polyhymnia in Balanchine’s Apollo. As corps de ballet member at Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, she was able to learn classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Romeo & Juliet from ballet masters such as Alexander Beriozoff and José Parés. She also had guest appearances with Ballet Municipal de San Juan under her father’s direction, Victor Huertas. Her professional career allowed her to perform not only in her native Puerto Rico, but in United States, Central America, South America, and Europe.
As an educator, Blanca is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is experienced in Classical French, Russian, Italian, and Cuban schools of dance. Her students have been accepted to International Programs such as the Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Summer Programs as well as national programs such as American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, The Cuban Classical Summer Intensive at The School of Ballet Hispánico, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Ellison Summer Intensive in NY. Blanca was the founder and Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet Arts in Chalfont, PA.
She is currently part of the faculty of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and is part of the Dance Chance and Let’s Dance Community Engagement Programs of Pennsylvania Ballet. Blanca also has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University with a concentration in Risk Management & Insurance with a second concentration in Real Estate. Blanca is certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique Junior thru Advanced level. In 2017, she received the Howard Gilman Fellowship Award at Jacksonville University, where she completed her MFA in Choreography in 2019. Blanca has been commissioned to choreograph for Drexel University in Spring 2020.