Jorge Esquivel trained at La Escuela de Ballet Provincial and La Escuela National de Arte in Havana, Cuba. photo of Jorge Esquivel by Blaine CovertHe joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 1968 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1972. In 1986, Esquivel left the National Ballet of Cuba, continuing his career as a guest artist. For more than 14 years, Esquivel partnered legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, and has also partnered other acclaimed ballerinas, including Cynthia Gregory, Carla Fracci, and Ghislaine Thesmar. In 1993, Esquivel joined the faculty of San Francisco Ballet School. He also serves as a principal character dancer for San Francisco Ballet.