Originally from Cuba, Yolanda Correa studied at the Vocational School of Art in Holguín and at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. Before coming to Oslo, she danced with the Cuban National Ballet, where she was given the highest accolade of primera bailarina. She won the International Meetings of Ballet Academies Contest in 1999, and was awarded the prestigious Positano Prize in 2012 for best female newcomer on the international dance scene. Correa is appearing as a guest star with several companies and has danced on many prominent international stages.
Magnificent was how Yolanda Correa's performance in the title role of Liam Scarlett's new The Firebird, created for her in autumn 2013, was described. Since arriving at the Norwegian National Ballet in autumn 2010, she has enchanted Norwegian audiences with strong interpretations of roles from the classical repertoire: the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Bjørn's The Nutcracker, Kitri in Nurejev's Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Cranko's Onegin, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the demanding dual role of Odette and Odile in Swan Lake. And as Medora in Le Corsaire with The Kremlin Ballet in Moscow.
But she has also danced leading roles in modern works such as Duato's Multiplicity – Forms of Silence and Emptiness, Forsythe's Steptext and Kylián's Wings of Wax, Gods and Dogs, Symphony of Psalms and Stepping Stones. She took the leading roles in Tetley's Voluntaries and Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, and in autumn 2013 she also danced the principal role in Scarlett's Vespertine and Carmen.