Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Arsenio started Classical Ballet at age 7, and while studying, chose Modern Dance. He attended the Conservatorio, (National School of Dance in Havana) for 4 years and graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Modern Dance Performance and Teaching. He received awards for the Most Technical Modern dancer of his year and the Most Valuable Dancer. In his final year, he performed with the world-renowned Folklorica Nacional de Cuba, the premier Cuban modern/folk company.
In 1995, he was invited to Jamaica to join the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) as Principal Dancer, directed by Professor Rex Nettleford. Arsenio toured with the NDTC to the United States, England, Canada and the Caribbean. He also choreographed major Company works – “Congo Laye”, “Dimensions” “Fusion”, “Footprints”, “Out of Many”, “Asi Somos”, “Intervalos” and “My Prayer” which was mounted for Cuba’s Danza Teatro del Caribe, remaining active in their repertoire. His dedication and sterling contribution to the NDTC was recognized in 2012.
From 1996 to 2010, Arsenio was Lecturer in Dance at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts – Dance, Jamaica, teaching Modern Dance, Ballet and Repertory. He was choreographer and Artistic Director of the annual Faculty Dance Concerts and the College’s DanceWorks. In October 2015, he was guest master teacher at the school and NDTC.
Arsenio taught and choreographed for all the major Jamaican dance companies and groups, in addition to choreographing for Gala Events, such as The Prime Minister’s Awards Ceremony 2000. He was invited to choreograph for the Opening Ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.
He maintains his international links with artistic residencies in Suriname, South America as co-founder of CoDanco in Summers 2011 through present. In 2013, Arsenio was appointed Creative Consultant and Choreographer by the Government of Suriname for CARIFESTA 2013 (Caribbean Festival of the Arts) hosted by Suriname.
With his move to Canada, Arsenio currently teaches at Ryerson University, COBA, Ballet Creole and Kashedance. In addition, he has taught at and choreographed for Cawthra Park Secondary School and Rosedale Secondary School in Toronto. In the summers of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he taught classes for Kenny Pearl’s summer intensive, and
In 2011, Arsenio was invited to choreograph for Ryerson Dances at Ryerson University, producing a major work “Encounters”. In April 2013, he premiered “The Red Candle”, a social commentary, on COBA in their season Evoque.
Most recently in Canada, Arsenio mounted “Congo Laye” on Kashedance for Vanguardia Festival December 2014, and he choreographed and performed in the premiere of a new work “More Than My Own Skin” for Roshanak Jaberi Projects for DanceOntarioWeekend 2016.