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...

 

Caridad Martinez (Director of Classical Training and Performance),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 Bolshoi, Kirov Theater in Saint Petersburg.. ...READ MORE...

 
 

Kiri Avelar (Associate School Director) Kiri holds a B.A. in Dance Education from New Mexico State University where she extensively studied and performed Classical Spanish dance, flamenco, and modern dance. 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. . ...READ MORE...

 
 

Raquel Valiente (School Programs Manager) 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) Kiri Avelar holds a B.A. in Dance Education from New Mexico State University where she extensively studied and performed Classical Spanish dance, flamenco, and modern dance. 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. She has studied in the U.S. and Spain with flamenco greats Omayra Amaya, Gabriela Granados, Antonio Granjero, Pablo Rodarte, and La Tati.  ...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.

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...








 

Maria Piedad Lascano (Ballet) is a choreographer and teacher who graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and from the NYU/ABT M.A. in ballet pedagogy. She has developed her artistic career in the main dance companies and schools in Ecuador. Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO since 2009. She also teaches character, historical, classical repertoire, Latin-American, jazz and other styles. She is a certified teacher of ABT´s National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 7 and partnering. Master Frank Augustyn at Adelphi University, where she earned her BFA in dance ...READ MORE...





Caridad Martinez (
Director of Classical Training and Performance, 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...

 

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...

 


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...


 

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...

 
 

Anilce Scasso (Adventures in Dance and Ballet) born and raised in Havana, Cuba, began her dance training in classical ballet at the School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Arts in Havana and her graduate thesis centered on eating disorders and nutrition in ballet. For over ten years now, Anilce has been teaching young children and adolescents from a wide range of dance levels. She has also served as a member of the committee responsible for evaluating auditions and admitting young dancers to the School of Ballet in Havana. . ...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.


Raquel Valiente (Adventures in Dance, General Program Ballet) a native of El Salvador, holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she trained under the direction of ballet master Frank Augustyn. She studied American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum at their Ballet for the Young Dancer program and completed Dance Education Laboratory’s Foundations of Dance Education.
In El Salvador, Raquel established a dance program at the prestigious British School, the first of its kind in the country. She did extensive work in the field of early childhood education by implementing Write Dance and designing an after school dance program for Lower Primary. She also taught DEL based classes with a focus on cultural dance, which connected to both the British National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum for both Lower and Upper Primary students.  ...READ MORE...

   
 
 

Adriana Jacinto (Adventures in Dance) started her early training in Los Angeles, CA. At 17, she began her professional training at the Joffrey Ballet School as well as her professional career with the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She has also danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ohio Ballet, Dance Galaxy, and been a guest artist with Dennis Wayne. Ms. Jacinto's wide range of repertoire include Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Raymonda, La Sylphide, Giselle, Petrouchka, Allegro Brillante, Concerto Barocco, The Green Table and Light Rain. The versatility of her dance styles is continuously being explored which eventually brought her focus back to flamenco and Classical Spanish dancing. She has been performing with American Bolero Dance Company since 2009. As a teacher, Adriana enjoys sharing her love of dance to her students by focusing on technique, musicality and creative expression.


Julie Ludwick
(Adventures in Dance, Modern) is a dedicated and beloved faculty member of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance. Founder and Artistic Director of her own company, Fly-by-Night Dance, Ms. Ludwick has a Masters Degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Dance from the University of Washington where she studied under modern dance icon Mark Morris and Joan Skinner. She has over 10 years of experience teaching modern, improvisation and jazz among other genres in colleges, private studios, community centers and public schools to students aged 2-82. Ludwick’s work for K-12 education includes 16 years as a curriculum designer, writer and teacher in public school settings and consultant work for the Educational Testing Service in their NAEP dance project.


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 (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.

Raquel Valiente (Adventures in Dance, General Program Ballet) a native of El Salvador, holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she trained under the direction of ballet master Frank Augustyn. She studied American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum at their Ballet for the Young Dancer program and completed Dance Education Laboratory’s Foundations of Dance Education.
In El Salvador, Raquel established a dance program at the prestigious British School, the first of its kind in the country. She did extensive work in the field of early childhood education by implementing Write Dance and designing an after school dance program for Lower Primary. She also taught DEL based classes with a focus on cultural dance, which connected to both the British National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum for both Lower and Upper Primary students.  ...READ MORE...

   
 

Siomara “Cee Cee” Bridges (General Program Advisor, 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...


 



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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Eboni Osavio (Pre-Teen and Teen Hip Hop) Eboni began her journey into the arts at the age of 4. As a native New Yorker she has trained extensively in jazz and hip hop while also studying ballet, tap, modern and West African dance. She began her professional performing career at Frank Hatchett’s Professional Children’s Program at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Later she then had the honor of studying under and assisting the legendary jazz dancer Frank Hatchett in various dance projects. As well as becoming part of his VOP team. It was at BDC that she took her 1st hip hop class when it was just being introduced into the dance studio under the direction of Robin Dunn. Eboni has choreographed, traveled and performed for various networks and brands.
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Janice Tomlision (Beginner and Pre-Teen Hip Hop) was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Dance. Janice has a dance background in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and West African dance. Her formal training began in Fancy Feet Dance Studio at age 6 and she became a member of the Fancy Feet Junior Jazz Dance Company at age 17. She has danced in numerous festivals since the age of 5 and has guest-appeared as a dancer on MTV’s reality show, MADE, during high school. In Syracuse University, Janice was a backup dancer for an opening act in JadaKiss’ concert. Janice performed in many renowned theatres such as the United Palace Theatre, Symphony Space, The Kaye Playhouse, and Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company.
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Becky Brown (Pre-Professional Modern - Limon) Originally from England, BECKY BROWN completed her dance training at the Laban Centre, London, went on to be a member of Transitions Dance Company, and then continued her training in Canada. Becky was a member of Loop Dance Company for 12 years and has worked as a freelance teacher, choreographer and dancer. She has extensive teaching experience including University level, lecturing on Dance Degree and Performing Arts Degree courses in the UK. Becky trained in the Limon technique on the Professional Studies Program and the Limon Teachers Program at the Limon Institute. She is currently the Limon Program Manager and a Peridance/Limon faculty member.


Julie Ludwick (Adventures in Dance, Modern) is a dedicated and beloved faculty member of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance. Founder and Artistic Director of her own company, Fly-by-Night Dance, Ms. Ludwick has a Masters Degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Dance from the University of Washington where she studied under modern dance icon Mark Morris and Joan Skinner. She has over 10 years of experience teaching modern, improvisation and jazz among other genres in colleges, private studios, community centers and public schools to students aged 2-82. Ludwick’s work for K-12 education includes 16 years as a curriculum designer, writer and teacher in public school settings and consultant work for the Educational Testing Service in their NAEP dance project.


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
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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.

 

 
Julie Ludwick (Adventures in Dance, Modern) is a dedicated and beloved faculty member of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance. Founder and Artistic Director of her own company, Fly-by-Night Dance, Ms. Ludwick has a Masters Degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Dance from the University of Washington where she studied under modern dance icon Mark Morris and Joan Skinner. She has over 10 years of experience teaching modern, improvisation and jazz among other genres in colleges, private studios, community centers and public schools to students aged 2-82. Ludwick’s work for K-12 education includes 16 years as a curriculum designer, writer and teacher in public school settings and consultant work for the Educational Testing Service in their NAEP dance project.
 

  

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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Jonathan Murdock (Pre-Teen and Teen Ballroom) Jonathan is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to New York City five years ago. He has been studying and teaching Latin and Ballroom dance for 10 years and studied acting at Marymount Manhattan College. He has trained students for the social and competitive dance floors and enjoys guiding people through the journey of dance. He is excited to be working with the talented young students of Ballet Hispanico and watch them grow as individuals and as a group.




 

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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Bobby Clark (Tap) Originally from Boston, Bobby began performing professionally at the age of eight in summer stock productions of The Music Man, Oliver and The King and I. His Broadway / National Tour credits include 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Lady Be Good, Man of LaMancha and Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis. Bobby has worked across the country creating roles in Annie 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the American premiere of Divorce Me Darling at the Theatre Under the Stars in Houston and the World premiere of They Shoot Horses Don't They? at the Denver Theatre Center. Other regional credits include Girl Crazy at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Funny Thing Happened ... Forum at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Gypsy at Art Park, Carnival, Ankles Aweigh, the 20th anniversary production of Annie and the Jerry Herman musical Mack and Mabel at the Goodspeed Opera House.. ...READ MORE...




Courtney Runft (Tap)
began her early dance training with Sharon Rogers at Rogers Ballet Inc. in Wichita, Kansas where she continues to go back to guest teach. She continued her training as a ballet dancer at Friends University with Sharon and Stan Rogers as well as an array of guest choreographers. Since moving to New York City in 2005, Courtney has studied tap dance with Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, and Melinda Sullivan among others, and she has worked had the pleasure of performing choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Lisa La Touche and Max Pollak. Courtney has also been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine. She currently teaches at The American Tap Dance Foundation and is the dance specialist at St. Luke's School.
 

Raquel Valiente (Adventures in Dance, General Program Ballet, Tap) a native of El Salvador, holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she trained under the direction of ballet master Frank Augustyn. She studied American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum at their Ballet for the Young Dancer program and completed Dance Education Laboratory’s Foundations of Dance Education.
In El Salvador, Raquel established a dance program at the prestigious British School, the first of its kind in the country. She did extensive work in the field of early childhood education by implementing Write Dance and designing an after school dance program for Lower Primary. She also taught DEL based classes with a focus on cultural dance, which connected to both the British National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum for both Lower and Upper Primary students.  ...READ MORE...

  




 

 


 
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