Ballet Hispanico
 

School Leadership and Faculty

 

AnaMaria Correa (Director, School of Dance) AnaMaria is delighted to be part of Ballet Hispanico! She has worked in arts education in the disciplines of theater, dance, music, visual art, creative writing and architecture with organizations like the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, Jewish Museum of Florida, Brooklyn Historical Society and Washington State University’s “Performance as Education” program. . ...READ MORE...

 

Nicholas Villeneuve (Deputy Director, School of Dance) Nicholas Villeneuve is currently the Deputy Director for the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and Rehearsal Director for BHdos, the second company of Ballet Hispanico. BHdos provides educational and professional opportunities for pre-professional dancers ages 18-22 and bridges the gap between the many facets of the organization from the school to the professional company. ...READ MORE...

 

Caridad Martinez (Pre-Professional Coordinator), a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba, has performed in many of the world's greatest theaters, including Scala de Milano, the Champs Elysses Theatre in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Beaux Arts Theater in Mexico City, and the Kirov Theater in Saint Petersburg. ...READ MORE...

 
 

Raquel Valiente (Adventures in Dance Coordinator) is a choreographer, performer and teacher. She discovered Folkloric and Latin American rhythms in her native El Salvador, where she was born and raised. As a child she regularly danced on the popular children’s TV show Mr. Cuk, on televised telethons and theatrical productions. ..READ MORE...

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Kiri Avelar (General and Pre-Professional Classical Spanish & Flamenco) holds a B.A. in Dance Education (honors) from New Mexico State University where she extensively studied and performed Classical Spanish dance and flamenco. She began her formal dance training as a scholarship recipient with the Boston Ballet, where she was introduced to Spanish dance under Ramon de los Reyes, and the Milwaukee Ballet School, later performing with the Milwaukee Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Simon Dow. After performing with the Milwaukee Ballet she moved to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México for 10 years where she founded the Academia de Ballet Emmanuel, an after-school program to provide quality dance education for the children of Hogar de Niños Emmanuel Orphanage. In that role she designed and implemented a curriculum in ballet and Spanish dance, recruited and trained faculty, and initiated an annual summer dance intensive, hosting guest faculty and students internationally. ...READ MORE...





Franchesca Marisol Cabrera (General and Pre-Professional Classical Spanish) is a dancer, choreographer, director and instructor actively involved in the dance community for 25 years. She began her dance training in Santa Barbara, California, in the styles of Classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, Baroque, Ballet and Mexican Folklorico. A graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors’ of Arts degree in World Arts in Cultures, Franchesca also lived in Madrid, Spain, for three years, receiving her credentials in Danza Española and Flamenco. She has traveled much of the world to perform, including London, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Hong Kong. Franchesca has grown to love working with young children in arts education and outreach to public schools enriching and sharing the importance of the performing arts. In 2011, Franchesca completed her Masters of Arts Degree from New York University on integrating arts into curriculums for elementary school classrooms with an emphasis on critical thinking. When Franchesca is not teaching she can be found performing with the Brooklyn based dance theatre company, COMPANYXIV.

Yvonne Gutierrez (General and Pre-Professional Spanish & Flamenco) is of Cuban descent and holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from Pace University. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). Ms. Gutierrez has been on the dance faculty of Henry Street Settlement since 1991, where she began their flamenco and salsa program. Her freelancing has exposed her to multiple venues as a dancer, teacher, coach and/or choreographer. She creatively choreographed salsa, cha-cha and a castanet section to the music of Tchaikovsky in “The Nutcracker in the Lower” productions (2002-2011). ...READ MORE...





Liliana Morales (Pre-Professional Spanish & Flamenco)  A native New Yorker, Liliana Morales started dancing at the age of 5 studying balletandClassical Spanish Dance. She also trained intap, jazz, and EscuelaBolera. By the time she was 8, she was performing small roles in New York opera companies. Not surprisingly, her first role was in Carmen with the Amato Opera Company. In August 1969, Liliana headed to Madrid, where she began studying with Jose Granero, a choreographer with the Jose Greco Dance Company. She returned to New York, but when Morales returned to Spain in 1971, she quickly plunged herself into Spanish dance culture. ...READ MORE...








 

Caridad Martinez (Pre-Professional Coordinator, Company Ballet Mistress): Formerly a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Cuba, Caridad Martinez has performed many Classic and Contemporary Masterpieces in the great theaters around the world such as Scala de Milano, The Champs Elysses Theatre in Paris, Metropolitan Opera House in New York, The Beaux Arts Theater in Mexico City, Bolshoy Theater in Moscow and The Kirov Theater in Saint Petersburg Russia. During this time Ms. Martinez served as Artistic Director of the Habana Ballet Theater Company. ...READ MORE...

 

Juan Carlos Peñuela (Ballet Master Pre-Professional Program) A native of Cali, Colombia, Juan Carlos Peñuela began dancing at the age of 12 with Incolballet, a ballet-center secondary school. After graduation, Mr. Peñuela was invited to join Colombia's ballet company as a soloist, Ballet de Cali, by Artistic Director Gloria Castro where he performed in a variety of leadings roles in contemporary works as well as classical pieces. Mr. Peñuela moved to the USA in 1993 and danced with the Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Maximun Dance Ballet Gamonet. . ...READ MORE...

 

Raquel Valiente (General Program Ballet) is a choreographer, performer and teacher. She discovered Folkloric and Latin American rhythms in her native El Salvador, where she was born and raised. As a child she regularly danced on the popular children’s TV show Mr. Cuk, on televised telethons and theatrical productions. In 2005 she moved to New York to study under the direction of Ballet Master Frank Augustyn at Adelphi University, where she earned her BFA in dance. ...READ MORE...

 
 

Rebecca Tsivkin (General & Pre-Professional Ballet)  is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she received a teaching degree after completing an intensive three-year program. She has taught in Montessori schools and ballet academies on the East and West Coasts, and she was a guest teacher at the California State University at Fullerton and the University of New Hampshire. She is a judge for the Performance Awards of the American Academy of Ballet, and is on faculty at a ballet summer school program at Purchase College.


Ana Lourdes Novoa (Pre-Professional Ballet) began her training in La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. She graduated eight years later, in 1976, and was immediately admitted into the National Ballet of Cuba. In 1982, she was promoted to first soloist and in 1990 to principal dancer. Her repertoire included all the classics in the company such as Giselle in Giselle, Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Swanilda in Copellia, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lisette in Fille Mal Gardee, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire and others. Along with the classics, she performed many modern pieces from Cuban and international choreographers. Her partner for most of the roles in her professional career was Jose Manuel Carreno. ...READ MORE...


 










Zelma Bustillo (
Pre-Professional Ballet) has an artistic career that spans a period of 35 years as an exceptional soloist dancer, a teacher and director in all levels of dance. Zelma Bustillo came to the United States as a child from Colombia and was raised in New York City. She started her formal dance training in New York at The High School of Performing Arts and at The School of Ballet Repertory at the age of 14. With a full scholarship at these schools, she studied Ballet with Thalia Mara, Olga Tavolga, Bela Melinka and Arthur Mahoney. In Modern Dance she trained with Gertrude Shurr, Stuart Hodes and David Wood. In Character Dance she studied with Yurek Lazowsky. As a pre-professional, Ms. Bustillo danced with The Ballet Repertory Company. After only 6 years of training, her first professional engagement was with Festival Ballet in Providence, Rhode Island, dancing soloist roles and working with directors Christine Hennesy and Renzo Reiss. Soon after, she was invited by Robert Joffrey to join his company. ...READ MORE...

Esmeralda Columna (General Program Ballet) is a dominican dancer and educator, born in the city of New York. It is formed as classical dancer, jazz and Spanish dance at Ballet Concierto Dominicano, under the direction of Carlos Veitia. She joined the Dominican National Ballet as an apprentice for two years. In 2012 she graduated with a BA in early childhood education (Cum Laude) in the University Iberoamericana UNIBE in Dominican Republic, which develops the thesis "Benefits of dance in children". In the same year returned to New York where she danced under the choreographic direction of Marilyn Klaus in "Ballets with a twist". Since 2005 she teaches ballet, pre ballet and creative movement. Has taught at Ballet Concierto Dominicano and Dancing Center. And the preschoolers Retoños and Aventuritas.


Rebeca Maso (General Program Ballet)
is a former ballet dancer from Cuba. She received her training at the Professional School of Ballet Arts in Cuba under direction of Fernando Alonso. She also obtained her Diploma as Ballet Teacher in Cuba and has been teaching for more than 25 years. She was one of the founder ballet dancers of the Professional Ballet Company of Santiago of Cuba in 1990, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and choreographer and dancer Jorge Lefebvre artistic director of Royal Ballet of Wallonie at that time. ...READ MORE...

 


 

Elisabet Rubio (Hablando y Bailando 5) completed her dance training at the Cuban National Ballet School under Fernando Alonso and Ramona de Saá’s tutelage.  In her native Cuba, she also performed with Pro Danza, a professional classical ballet company directed by Laura Alonso, Prima Assoluta Alicia Alonso’s daughter.  In 2012 she moved to New York where she currently is a member of the Brooklyn Ballet Company and continues her studies under the direction of our world renowned Pre Professional Coordinator, Caridad Martinez.


Meridith Szalay (Ballet, Modern, Adventures in Dance) received her BFA in Dance from The University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating in 2002 with honors Meridith attended American Dance Festival on full scholarship at Duke University. The highlights of Meridith’s performing career include the lead role in the dance drama “Dreams of a Picture Bride,” The Little Orchestra Society’s production of “Peter and the Wolf”, she was a “Hot Box Girl” in “The Heights Player’s” production of “Guys and Dolls." ...READ MORE...

 

Rebecca Tsivkin (Ballet, Adventures in Dance)  is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she received a teaching degree after completing an intensive three-year program. She has taught in Montessori schools and ballet academies on the East and West Coasts, and she was a guest teacher at the California State University at Fullerton and the University of New Hampshire. She is a judge for the Performance Awards of the American Academy of Ballet, and is on faculty at a ballet summer school program at Purchase College.

Misty Warren (Ballet, Adventures in Dance) has been teaching dance in New York City for the last 14 years. She studied at the Boston Conservatory, Boston Ballet School, and Joffrey Ballet School. As a young dancer, she was awarded Presidential Scholarship in the Arts from the White House. She has danced for choreographers Omayra Amaya, Tommy Neblett, Richard Colton and Sean Curran. She has taught at Elliot Feld's Ballet Tech, the JCC, and Discovery Programs. She has choreographed for Theater for Rehabilitation and Youth (TRY) and currently teaches for Children's Aid Society's at Rhinelander.


 



 

Amanda Marquez (General Program Jazz) received her earlier training with the School of the Garden State Ballet in Rutherford, New Jersey. Her wide range of training, teaching and performance skills are varied among classical ballet, Jazz, modern, contemporary, and many Latin styles from ballroom to NY style Mambo. She is currently with MSA Talent Agency, New York. Amanda has also taught at other dance centers here in New York such as PeriDance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center; also abroad at Harbor Dance Center in Vancouver. Amanda has performed nationally and internationally over the past 12 years traveling to Mexico, Canada, Alaska and various cities throughout the US.
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Siomara “Cee Cee” Bridges (General Program Hip Hop) earned a BA in Dance Education from CUNY Hunter College as a Jody Arnhold Mother’s Day Scholarship honoree. She has been teaching different fusion styles of dance and creative movement to youth and adults since she was a teenager at places such as the Astoria School of Fine Arts, The Dalton School, Mambo 101 Studios and the Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Council. In the spring of 2011, Siomara was selected to develop and co-teach a curriculum on “Urban Dance in America” in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture. She developed a lecture/demonstration-style historical timeline of social dances in urban America and facilitated workshops across a number of cities in Costa Rica for three weeks. ...READ MORE...

 
 

Timothy Edwards (General Program Hip Hop) Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Timothy Edwards, a Hawaii native, began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer, would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his new found dance dream.
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Columbine Macher (General and Pre-Professional Modern - Limón) is originally from Germany and has been based in New York City since 1987. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and worked with choreographers such as Ze’eva Cohen, Amanda Miller, Maxine Steinman (current), and for 15 years with Eleo Pomare, while creating original roles and staging his repertory. Her solo and collaborative choreography has been presented at NY venues including Merce Cunningham Studio, Kumble Theater, Center for Performance Research, The Flea Theater, Construction Company, and 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center. Company, and Omega Dance Company. ...READ MORE...

 

Kevin Predmore (Pre-Professional Modern - Graham) is a former principal dancer with Buglisi/Forman Dance (now Buglisi Dance Theatre) and Pearl Lang Dance Theater and has been instrumental in the creation many of those companies works. He has performed internationally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Battery Dance Company and has been a member of Pascal Rioult Dance Company, Coyote Dance Company, Michael Mao Dance Company, Asiad Dance Theater, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and Omega Dance Company. ...READ MORE...

 

Marnie Wood (Pre-Professional Modern - Graham): former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company; Director Emerita and current faculty member of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance; Reconstruction Coach for the Graham Company; Professor Emerita University of California Berkeley.

 

 

Columbine Macher (General and Pre-Professional Modern - Limón) is originally from Germany and has been based in New York City since 1987. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and worked with choreographers such as Ze’eva Cohen, Amanda Miller, Maxine Steinman (current), and for 15 years with Eleo Pomare, while creating original roles and staging his repertory. Her solo and collaborative choreography has been presented at NY venues including Merce Cunningham Studio, Kumble Theater, Center for Performance Research, The Flea Theater, Construction Company, and 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center. Company, and Omega Dance Company. ...READ MORE...

 

 

 

Xavier Auza (General Program Ballroom Dance) studied at the Conservatorio de Artes Gatell in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been teaching ballroom and Latin dance for almost 15 years. A former top competitor himself in American Style, Xavier is a member of the National Dance Council of America. He has worked at Fred Astaire Dance Studios and Pierre Dulaine Dance Center, coaching both professional and amateur dancers. ...READ MORE...

 

 

Amanda Marquez (General Program Salsa) received her earlier training with the School of the Garden State Ballet in Rutherford, New Jersey. Her wide range of training, teaching and performance skills are varied among classical ballet, Jazz, modern, contemporary, and many Latin styles from ballroom to NY style Mambo. She is currently with MSA Talent Agency, New York. Amanda has also taught at other dance centers here in New York such as PeriDance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center; also abroad at Harbor Dance Center in Vancouver. Amanda has performed nationally and internationally over the past 12 years traveling to Mexico, Canada, Alaska and various cities throughout the US.
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Yoga

SAT 10:00AM - 11:00AM Vinyasa Yoga

Classes start September 17th!
 
Fees: Drop-in              $15
            4-class card:     $52
            8-class card:     $100

For REGISTRATION: Please contact the School Office at 212.362.6710.

 

 

David Fernandez (Pre-Professional Repertory) is a choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York. During his 20-year career as a ballet teacher, David has become known for his energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to his students. Since moving to New York in 1998, David has taught at and choreographed for several respected schools and companies in the Tri-State area and is proud to have participated in two prestigious outreach programs: the American Ballet Theatre's award-winning Make A Ballet program, a dance education initiative targeting underserved schools and communities, and Elliot Feld's Ballet Tech, a unique New York City public school offering an intensive education in dance. ...READ MORE...

 

Pat Catterson (Pre-Professional Improvisation & Dance Making) Pat Catterson, born in Indianapolis to professional ballroom dancing parents, presented her first full evening of choreography at Judson Church. Among her many accolades are a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Award in Choreography, a Fulbright Fellowship in Sweden, and multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Artists in Public Service Program, the Harkness Foundation, and the Vogelstein Foundation. 

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Caridad Martinez (Pre-Professional Coordinator, Company Ballet Mistress): Formerly a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Cuba, Caridad Martinez has performed many Classic and Contemporary Masterpieces in the great theaters around the world such as Scala de Milano, The Champs Elysses Theatre in Paris, Metropolitan Opera House in New York, The Beaux Arts Theater in Mexico City, Bolshoy Theater in Moscow and The Kirov Theater in Saint Petersburg Russia. During this time Ms. Martinez served as Artistic Director of the Habana Ballet Theater Company. ...READ MORE...

 


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