Improvedance CEO | Designer
About Improvedance: It was during time off, after competing and winning the Silver Medal in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, that I decided I needed a stretching tool for my feet to help me stay in shape. Stretching my feet under a dresser, a piano, or the classic friend pushing down on my foot was not an option due to the harm those practices can bring to your feet and ankles.
Surprisingly, when looking for a foot stretcher, I could not find one that worked as effectively as needed. It had to stretch my feet safely, be useful, be easily portable, and had to have all the tools necessary for me to improve my lines. That’s when I decided to design my own. Improvedance was then born with one goal in mind: To help dancers improve their skills in the safest and most effective way through innovative tools. We have introduced the worldwide bestseller THE-footstretcher™ and followed it with the pirouetteMASTER™; the only turning device in the world that allows dancers to practice turns on flat and relevé.
We are still hard at work improving our existing product line and creating new and exciting additions. Products with a dancer in mind. Designed by a dancer for dancers.
About the Inventor: Born in Cuba, Rodrigo Almarales started his dance training with the National Ballet School of Cuba at the age of 7. He then moved to Mexico City, Mexico, where he continued his studies with the National School for Classical and Contemporary Dance (ENDCC) before being accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from NBS he spent his final school year with the Hamburg Ballet School in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007 he started his professional career with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (DOR) in Düsseldorf, Germany. After dancing with DOR as a soloist for two years, he participated in the Italian dance and talent TV show “Amici” where he was a top 7 finalist.
In 2011 Mr. Almarales moved to the United States where he danced with the Boston Ballet for a season before joining the Cincinnati Ballet as a soloist. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a Principal Dancer with the company.
Rodrigo has won several medals at international ballet competitions including Varna IBC, Korea IBC, and Helsinki IBC. He has performed in multiple international galas and has danced principal roles with the Mongolian State Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the Tokyo Komaki Ballet.