Community Arts Partnerships Staff
MELISSA ANDUIZAMelissa Anduiza (Community Arts Partnerships Site Manager) is a native of Miami, Florida. Developing a concentration in the art of dance as a young girl; she attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts for Dance and studied with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, artistic directors of the Miami Youth Ballet. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of South Florida where dance masters, Michael Foley, Paula Nunez, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers and Gretchen Warren closely mentored her. As an emerging choreographer, Melissa was invited by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to perform “Stained Glass”, an original piece that she both choreographed and danced for the National Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Melissa began her professional career as a dancer with the Charlotte Ballet from 2010 until 2015 under the direction of Paris Opera Ballet Etoiles, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and George Balanchine’s muse, Patricia McBride. Inspiring the arts community in Charlotte, NC, Melissa performed many classical roles and contemporary works by renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Sasha Janes, Jiri Kylian, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp. She has set works on Charlotte Ballet for dancer-run performances and Appalachian Ballet Company for the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) annual gala. In 2012, Bonnefoux nominated her for the respected, Princess Grace Award. Melissa is also a Master Ballet/Modern Teacher and has a passion for Community Service. She has served in the school systems, women’s detention centers, and as an Ambassador for the US Embassy educating children about the arts in Tunisia. In 2015, Melissa moved to New York City and danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for their Fall 2015 Season. She is currently working towards her Pilates Certification in the beautiful Gramercy neighborhood in Flatiron District. Melissa is thrilled to join Ballet Hispánico as Community Arts Partnerships Site Manager.
GABRIELA ESTRADAGabriela Estrada (Community Arts Partnerships Education Manager) Bilingual dance educator, artist, and producer dedicated to promoting the development of art, tradition, and culture. Estrada holds a BA and MFA in Dance at the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in flamenco interdisciplinary studies from the University of Seville. Her MFA thesis, The Choreographic Development of The Three-Cornered Hat through the 20th Century, and the case study of her Ph.D. dissertation on the contributions of flamenco to ballet led to producing the documentary ENI9MA: The Legend of Félix. As an educator, Estrada founded Dance Collage, affiliated to the Royal Academy of Dance, engaged in teaching dance lecture and technique courses at the University of Sonora and UC, Irvine, collaborating as choreographer and teaching artists in theatre and dance organizations internationally. Her creative work embraces theatrical western dance forms, flamenco, and musical theatre. Estrada supports Ballet Hispánico’s mission as Community Arts Partnership Education Manager, furthering bridges between Hispanic and Latin American communities and the arts..
JOSHUA WINZELERJoshua Winzeler (BHdos Rehearsal Director & School of Dance Associate) was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He trained with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and the School of American Ballet. In 2011, Joshua graduated from New World School of the Arts with his B.F.A. in Dance. In the Fall of 2011, he joined Ballet Hispánico’s main Company and served as a Company dancer for the next six seasons. During his tenure with the Company, Joshua worked and collaborated with choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Nacho Duato, Cayetano Soto, Michelle Manzanales, Eduardo Vilaro, Edgar Zendejas, Fernando Melo, and Tania Pérez-Salas. He continues to be a vital teacher and mentor to the School of Dance and to numerous Community Arts Partnership residencies in NYC and abroad. In the Fall of 2017, Joshua retired as a dancer and now serves as Ballet Hispánico’s Rehearsal Director for the second company, BHdos, and as an Associate for the School of Dance.