Africa Guzmán

Africa Guzmán, maestra de ballet, coreógrafa, directora artística de la Escuela de Ballet África Guzmán y maestra del Taller de Ballet Clásico del Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya. Inicia sus estudios de ballet a los tres años formándose con su madre en la Escuela de Ballet África Guzmán y en la Escuela del Ballet Nacional de España. Cursa las carreras de Ballet Clásico de The Royal Academy of Dance y del Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid, ambas con Matrícula de Honor. Ha sido Primera Bailarina de la CND y del Netherland Dance Theater, con una carrera…

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Cameron Basden

October 9, 2015 November 5, 2016 Cameron Basden, Dance Director, Educator, Repetiteur, Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation Ms. Basden has had a career in dance spanning more than thirty years. She brings passion and spirit to her art, as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes. She served as Ballet Master and Co-Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet from 1993-2008 and Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts from 2009-2015. At Interlochen, she grew the division to capacity, developed collaborations, consistently worked with live music, built liaisons with cities…

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Mariana Alvarez

June 14, 2018 A native of Cuba, began her ballet training at the age of 11 in Miami at Ballet Concerto, and continued her studies with Thomas Armour and Martha Mahr. At the age of 16, she received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York. Ms. Alvarez performed for five years with The National Ballet of Washington where she worked with reknowned choreographer, Ben Stevenson. She also performed as a soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Caracas in Venezuela and with the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Alvarez has been honored for her choreography…

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James Jordan

Ballet Master and Repetiteur, Sarasota Ballet April 29-30, 2017 Hailing from Staunton, Virginia, James Jordan’s early years revolved around music and theatre before beginning his formal dance training at the Richmond Ballet during his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Theatre Department. Ballet scholarships took him to North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied under Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Mimi Paul and Joysanne Sidimus. It was there that Todd Bolender recruited Jordan for his first company of dancers at Kansas City Ballet, where he continued to train under Bolender, Diana Adams and Una Kai. Those years as…

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Jennifer Kronenberg

May 11, 2015 March 16, 2014 Co-Artistic Director, Dimensions Dance Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg was born in Queens, New York where she trained with Teresa Aubel, Nicholas Orloff, Norman Walker, and Barbara Walczack. She continued her studies on scholarship at the School of American Ballet before joining Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 1994 at the age of 17. She moved steadily through the ranks and was named Principal dancer in 2001. Ms. Kronenberg has danced many leading roles; some of her favorites include Balanchine’s “Rubies”, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Duo Concertante, Sonatine, Swan Lake, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto,…

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Carlos Guerra

June 15, 2016 March 16, 2014 Co-Artistic Director, Dimensions Dance A native of Cuba, Mr. Guerra began his training at age 10 at the Professional School of Ballet and Plastic Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. In 1996 he joined the Professional Ballet Company of Camaguey as a principal dancer and performed in such works as Swan Lake, Giselle, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppélia, among others. He was invited to dance as a soloist for the Ballet Company of Santiago in Chile in 1998 and was a principal dancer for two years. He participated in the International Festival of Ballet…

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Roberto Rodriguez

June 21, 2016 Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Rodriguez received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Theater/Dance Education from the University of Puerto Rico. His dancing career started at Ballets de San Juan School in Puerto Rico. He has studied and performed with the School of American Ballet in New York, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Ballets de San Juan Companies. He has served as a dance counselor for Miami-Dade County Public Schools including Mays Middle, Norland Middle, South Miami Middle and New World School of the Arts Theater Department. Mr….

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Christopher Fleming

April 26, 2015 As a member of the New York City Ballet, Mr. Fleming danced principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. He headed a group of soloists and principals from New York City Ballet, which toured Europe with his choreography as well as that of George Balanchine. With Mr. Balanchine’s encouragement he embarked on a career as a choreographer and received a fellowship from the National Choreographic Institute under the Direction of Barbara Weisberger. Mr. Fleming served as the Artistic Director of the Compañia Colombiana de Ballet at the Teatro Colon in Bogota, Colombia from 1985 to…

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Gerard Ebitz

September 10, 2014 Gerard Ebitz danced professionally with the New York City Ballet and was a founding member of Miami City Ballet. He was a principle dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Zurich Ballet. Mr. Ebitz has received world-recognition for his choreography and teaching and has been on the faculty of NWSA since 1988.

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For 87 years, Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts (CEC) has maintained their commitment to the development of young artists. CEC offers students exceptional technical and artistic training within a nurturing environment that allows them to develop into human beings with a deep understanding, appreciation, and respect for the Arts. Enrollment is open to the community and not limited to students from the Academy. Classes are also available for professionals and adults.