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 (Community Programs Manager) 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.” Her passion as an arts educator is to provide and engage students with enriching experiences in their own learning that strives to encourage curiosity. 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. During her time at Ballet Hispanico she has been able to garner all her interests by supporting dance educators, assisting and mentoring professional and pre-professional dancers, encouraging young NYC students in their artistic experiences and teach in the School of Dance, all of which have been highly rewarding. Franchesca is currently a performing artist for the Brooklyn based dance theater company, Company XIV.
SIOMARA C. BRIDGES-MATA (Dance Education Programs Manager) Siomara (Cee Cee) joined Ballet Hispanico in 2010 as an intern in the Education and Outreach Department. Since then, she has worked in various positions including Reservations Coordinator organizing Ballet Hispanico’s Annual Performances for Young People Showcase and Site Coordinator managing school residencies serving over 2,000 students annually. In her current role as Dance Education Programs Manager, she works closely with teaching artists, parents, classroom teachers and school administrators to ensure that programs run smoothly from start to finish. Siomara provides pedagogical and programmatic support to enrich student development and program quality. Additionally, she is as program advisor to the BH School of Dance for Hip-hop, Ballroom, Jazz & Salsa classes in the Encuentros: Open Program. . ...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 around NYC for the past 10 years and continues to expand beyond New York City with her own performance project M.O.V.E. Bridges Dance Project (MBDP). Through MBDP, Siomara has traveled and taught in New Jersey, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ciudad Juárez and Cozumel, Mexico. Predating MBDP, in 2011 Siomara was selected as a cultural envoy to develop and co-teach a curriculum on “Urban Dance in America” in partnership with the Costa Rica Ministry of Culture; which has truly inspired her work to date. Siomara is passionate about movement/performance, community engagement, education and increasing access to the arts and loves that working at Ballet Hispanico enables her to do the work she cares so deeply about.