Herman Cornejo was born in Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina and began his ballet studies at the age of eight at the Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. In 1995 when he was fourteen he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, the school founded by Balanchine and attached to the New York City Ballet On his return to Buenos Aires he was invited to join Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino.
At the age of 16, Cornejo was the Gold Medal winner of the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow (1997), the youngest dancer ever in the history of the competition. Upon his return from Moscow Cornejo was then promoted to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino, alternating with Julio Bocca in all the principal roles in the repertoire during the company’s worldwide tours. In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and to Principal Dancer in August 2003.
He seems to be know in New York and the Spanish speaking world. The Royal Ballet needs guest artists like this if they are to become a first class company again. I first discovered his dancing in Le Spectre de la Rose: (In La Sylphide, I think the female dancer is his sister)
Next Cornejo displays extraordlinary beats in La Sylphide. In the second clip, I think I see an entre-chat huit (8) which I have never seen before.