He travels all year round and works with different choreographers. This allows you to stay in touch with the most prominent figures from the world’s most prestigious ballet companies, from London to New York. He was born into a family of dancers. His father was always his teacher and the yard of his house was his first stage. Currently, Isaac Hernández is the principal dancer of the National Ballet of England and is the only Mexican to have received the Benois Award of the Dance, considered the Oscar of dance.
In commemoration of his 135th birthday, Citibanamex The National Bank of Mexico included Isaac as part of his «Unstoppable Mexicans» campaign, for despite the challenges he faced in reaching the top of the world dance, the dancer continues to push projects that allow the Mexican public to be approached by art. One of these projects was «Despertars» which so far has eight editions and that have brought together in Mexico the most internationally recognized dancers. In addition, he has made two editions of the festival Despertares Impulsa, which promotes the creative industries in the country.
«An unstoppable Mexican, he doesn’t think about whether he can or can’t. It does,» Isaac says in the campaign video that awards who was rated in 2018 as the best dancer in the world.
Isaac is the seventh son of 11 brothers who were homeschooled. His parents, Laura and Hector, both retired dancers, decided that their children would not go to school. His mother taught them English, Spanish, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Geography, while his father dealt with subjects such as Philosophy, Social Sciences and Ballet.
They grew up without television, opening the door to practices such as martial arts, sports shooting, piano and guitar. Contrary to the idea of Homeschooling, families who opt for this type of teaching work with their children with a lot of discipline, schedules, uniforms, rules and even exam schedules.
The first time Isaac left home, he was still a child. He was 11 years old and had already competed in Cuba and Costa Rica. In 2003, his mother approached the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) to beade his 12-year-old son. So began the scholarships and won the Youth American Grand Prix.
When he turned 13, he no longer lived with his parents in Guadalajara, but in Philadelphia, accompanied by his older sister, Emilia. He had been accepted into the Rock School for Dance Education and to complete their training, every summer, he would go to New York to the courses they teach at the American Ballet Theatre. His parents always insisted that he should strive for scholarships, otherwise his family would not have the resources to support his career.
With this slogan, by the age of 15 he had already participated in the most important dance competitions in the world. However, just at that age he had a back injury that looked like he would leave him dancing. He and his family refused to perform an operation that could have cut his career and opted for physiotherapy that allowed the young tapatío to return to the stage and even manage to win, in 2006, a year after his injury, the gold medal of the International Ballet Competition, equivalent of the Olympics of that discipline.
His younger brother, Esteban, also has a promising career as principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet. Both have managed to climb in the ballet world by the discipline instilled in them by their father, who always told them to break the stigma that dancers starve.