MICHELLE MANZANALES is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Houston, TX who has created works for numerous professional companies, universities, and schools including Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (Chicago, IL), Houston Metropolitan Dance Company under the direction of Dorrell Martin, the University of Houston, and Rice University among others. In 2007, Manzanales created Sugar in the Raw (Azucar Cruda) for Luna Negra Dance Theater, which was applauded by theChicago Sun-Times as "a staggering, beautiful, accomplished new work." In 2010, her homage to Frida Kahlo, Paloma Querida, was hailed as a "visual masterpiece" by Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune.  Manzanales’ choreography has also been presented at the Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, DC), Texas Contemporary Weekend (Houston, TX), Spring to Dance (St. Louis, MO), Fort Worth Dance Festival (Fort Worth, TX), Festival de Danza Córdoba (Veracruz, Mexico), and honored by the American College Dance Festival. Michelle Manzanales began working with Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro in 2003 as a dancer for his then-company Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago, where she later became Rehearsal Director in 2006 and eventually served as Interim Artistic Director 2009-2010. Before being named Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance in December of 2016, she served the Rehearsal Director and Artistic Associate of the main company of Ballet Hispánico since 2010.  



TANIA PÉREZ-SALAS (Choreographer) was born in Mexico City. She obtained her first significant recognition in 1993, when she received the award for best female performer in the National Dance Competition of Mexico. Since then, she has won national and international recognition as both a dancer and choreographer, including the National and Continental Prizes for Choreography in Mexico and the sixth Paris International Dance Competition, among others. In 1994 Pérez-Salas founded the Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza. The company has been invited to perform her work in some of the most important theaters and festivals in Mexico, the United States, Canada, South America, China, the Middle East and Europe. Her work is based on universal themes, which she presents from unique angles. For example, a satire on technology, informs Biography of Desire (Biografia del Deseo); the dimensions of death and life are inherent in Visitor (Visitante); femininity in The Hours (Las Horas); love and sensuality in Anabiosis; water, with its infinite power of conveying metaphors and images in The Waters of Forgetfulness (Las Aguas del Olvido); or reviving literary texts as in Clodia, the Impudent (Clodia la Impúdica).

She has been awarded multiple contemporary dance fellowships, both as a dancer and as a choreographer from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). She has also obtained recognition and support from several other cultural institutions in Mexico, as well as support from private enterprises. Pérez-Salas has lectured in Mexico and abroad, served as a juror for prestigious arts awards in Mexico, and with her company represented Mexico in the CINARS 2002 conference in Montreal and at Gateway to the Americas conferences in Mexico City, in 2003 and 2004. Since 2008, Ms. Perez-Salas has been the host and a member of the creative team for Juego de Cuerpos (Body Games), a television series featuring dance that is airing for its third season, now under the title Pasión en Movimiento (Movement in Passion) on Mexico’s Channel 22.


The Belgo-Colombian ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA (Choreographer) started her choreographic freelance career from 2003. In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper)
and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry.” Annabelle is a sought-after choreographer that has created works for more than 40 companies around the world such as Scapino Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Geneva Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gothenburg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Ballet Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz Munchen, Ballet Manila, Daniil Simkin Intensio Project, Cincinnati Ballet, Silicon Valley Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet and New York City Ballet.

Ms Lopez Ochoa has won several choreography awards; Third Prize in 2002 at the Hannover’s Choreographers competition for “Clair/Obscur”, and in 2003, she won the first and public’s prize with “Replay” at the International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem. In the fall of 2007 she was selected to participate with the prestigious New
York Choreographic Institute. Dance Magazine US named her work “Cylindrical Shadows”, performed
by Pacific Northwest Ballet, as one of the highlights of 2012. Her full-length narrative ballet “A Streetcar
named desire” has been awarded with ‘Best Classical Choreography’ by the Circle of Critics of the National Dance Award UK, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for “Best new production” and has been nominated for an Olivier Award 2012.




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