Staff & Teaching Artists
ANAMARIA CORREA (Director of Education & Outreach) AnaMaria is delighted to be part of Ballet Hispanico! She has worked in arts in 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...
She is doing her life’s work -- a mission to ensure that young people, community and educators have access to, and a meaningful connection with, arts experiences that transform their lives through the incredible work of exquisite artists and their craft. She’s earned degrees in Secondary Education and Literature from Hunter College, an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and is currently a doctoral student in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.
FRANCHESCA MARISOL CABRERA (Program Coordinator) Franchesca Marisol Cabrera most recently completed her Masters Degree in Arts Education at NYU's Gallatin School in her own self-designed program: “Integrated Arts Curriculum for Elementary School Classrooms with an emphasis on Critical Thinking.” She began her dance training in Santa Barbara, California training in the styles of Classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, Baroque, Ballet and Mexican Folklorico among others. ...READ MORE...
She earned a B.A. from the World Arts and Cultures Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon graduation, she moved to Europe for three years to train in a conservatory of Spanish Dance. In the States, she has worked as a teaching artist in both private and public schools, exposing children of all ages to dance education. Since moving to New York, Ms. Cabrera has interned in several Education & Outreach departments, including Pentacle Dance Arts and Ballet Hispanico. Franchesca is a performing artist for the Brooklyn based dance theater company, COMPANYXIV and also teaches in the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.
SIOMARA C. BRIDGES (Site Coordinator) Siomara (Cee Cee) began working with Ballet Hispanico as an Education & Outreach Intern just as she graduated from college in the summer of 2010. She quickly went from an intern to the Reservations Coordinator for Ballet Hispanico’s Annual Performances for Young People Showcase and shortly thereafter began working in her current position in September 2011. In addition to working as the Site Coordinator, Siomara teaches in the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance. ...READ MORE...
Siomara 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. As a performer, her love of hip hop and modern dance styles have led her to work with artists such as Camille Brown, David Capps, Monica Bill Barnes, Robin Dunn, and Tweetie; she has performed at the National Black Theater, Dixon Place, The Ailey School, The Kaye Theater, Triskilion Arts, and Dance Theater Workshop. In addition to creating her own work and performing with Katie Balton Dance, Siomara is very interested in the intersection of movement/performance, community engagement, education and increasing access to the arts which she feels is paramount in her current role at Ballet Hispanico.
Lannette Álvarez initiated her dance training as a high school intern at Ballet Hispanico's School of Dance. She continued training in Ballet, Contemporary, Horton, Jazz, Flamenco, and Ballroom at American Ballet Theater’s Collegiate Program, ...READ MORE...
Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Choreography Summer Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program on Scholarship, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s School on Scholarship, The Ailey School’s Professional Division, and earned a Bachelors of Arts with double majors of Dance and Studio Art from City University of New York, Hunter College. Ms. Álvarez has performed at premier venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Jacob’s Pillow, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center as well as appeared on numerous nationally-televised programs. As a dance instructor, Ms. Álvarez has taught Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Flamenco, Salsa, Ballroom and Modern dance to children and adults for Mukonoso`s Yochien in Amagasaki Japan, CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College, Perry Studios in Harlem, and throughout New York City schools.
Rhiannon Murphy, African Diaspora and Folkloric dance
Natalia Cordero, Spanish Dance and Flamenco
Kate Remy Shaber, Contemporary/Modern, Folkloric dance
Raquel Valiente, Ballet and Folkloric dance
Giselle Assi, Spanish Dance and Flamenco
Daoude Woods, Accompanist, Master Percussionist in African and Latin diaspora rhythms
Brother Sean Clements, Accompanist, Master Percussionist in African and Latin diaspora rhythms
Peter Basil Bogdanos, multi-faceted percussionist/drummer, Mexican Folklore, Flamenco and Jazz