|2013-2014 School Staff & Faculty -- Winter Program|
School Director -- Darleen Callaghan
Ms. Callaghan became a principal dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theatre performing a variety of roles in both classical and contemporary works. She joined the company for two European tours, performances at the Spoleto Festivals in America and Italy, and extensive yearly tours throughout the United States.
Upon retiring from the stage, Ms. Callaghan honed her skills as a teacher, choreographer and arts administrator. She was invited by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride to direct the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance under their artistic leadership. She successfully built the School into a nationally-recognized professional training ground for students from around the United States, Europe, Japan and South America.
Ms. Callaghan was named School Director of Miami City Ballet School in March 2013. Together with Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, she has implemented a school syllabus and launched the MCB School Ensemble. She looks forward to continuing to work closely with Ms. Lopez to realize their common goals for the School.
Faculty -- BALLET
Mariana Alvarez Brake studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City, began her professional career at the age of 18 at the National Ballet of Washington D.C., and rounded out her career dancing for the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet Internacional de Caracas. After retiring, she launched her teaching career. Over the next three decades, she taught at many of Miami’s best-known ballet schools and organizations including New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, Ballet Concerto Company, Momentum Dance Company, Magda Aunon School of Ballet, Florida International University, American Ballet Theatre National Audition Tour, Florida Dance Masters, and the High School Festival Conference Workshop. In 2007, she was honored with the awards of Outstanding Teacher from both the Youth America Grand Prix Competition and the American Ballet Competition. Ms. Alvarez Brake has choreographed and staged many ballets in the South Florida area. Her work Abstract Impressions was performed at the Florida Dance Festival in 2001. Her piece Chopin: Images received a 1984 choreographic award from the Association of Critics and Commentators for the Theatrical, Classical, and Literary Art- ACCA. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ms. Alvarez Brake brings three highly specialized skills to the dance studio and has earned a reputation for teaching her dancers how best to meld solid technique with soaring artistry.
Kareen Pauld Camargo was born in Haiti, and came to the United States at the age of two. She grew up in New York, where she trained at the American Ballet Theater School, The School of American Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Workshop Ensemble, as well as attending The High School of Performing Arts. She danced with The Dance Theater of Harlem Company for several years, before moving to Miami and joining The Miami City Ballet in1990. She was a featured dancer in such ballets as Balanchine’s Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda Variations, Scotch Symphony, Four Temperaments and Agon; Paul Taylor’s Three Epitaphs, Company B and Esplanade. After retiring from the stage, Ms. Camargo taught ballet at The Miami City Ballet School for many years. Ms. Camargo joined New World School of The Arts in 2009 as adjunct faculty, in the Musical Theater Department, and is also the Outreach Coordinator and ballet instructor for The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, serving the community of Miami Gardens Florida.
Gerard Ebitz was trained at the Miami Conservatory, the School of American Ballet in New York, and the National Ballet School in Toronto. He danced professionally with the New York City Ballet and was a founding member of Miami City Ballet. He was a principal dancer with the Zurich Opera Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a teacher and choreographer, he has worked with the Carlisle Project and was commissioned to choreograph a work on the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. The National Choreographic Plan has recognized his work and he was awarded a 1992-1993 and 1997-1998 Individual Choreographic Fellowship from the State of Florida. Mr. Ebitz was the Artistic Director of Ballet Randolph from 1990-1993. He choreographed for Rochester City Ballet; Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, Canada; Santa Fe Dance Foundation in New Mexico; and Tsoying Performing Arts High School in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In Florida, his work has been performed by Dance Alive! in Gainesville, and at the Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville. In Miami, he choreographed for Freddick Bratcher & Company, Juegos del Arte, Acme Acting Company, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and solo artist Rosario Suarez. In addition, he had the pleasure of staging and choreographing for various directors through Miami-Dade College. From 2000 to 2013, he taught and choreographed for the North Carolina Dance Theatre Summer Program in Charlotte, North Carolina. In recent years, he has taught at the Ballet School in Savannah, Georgia, the University of Miami Theatre Department, and the Miami City Ballet School. In 2006, Mr. Ebitz was a recipient of a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship grant for study in Budapest at the National Hungarian Dance Academy. He has been on the Dance Department faculty at the New World School of the Arts in Miami since 1988.
Valia Gonzalez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba where she began her dance career at the age of 9 at The National School of Ballet. Upon her graduation as a professional ballerina, she entered the Ballet Nacional de Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso where she danced as a soloist for six years. As part of the Company, she participated in numerous tours around the world as well as took part in the well-recognized bi-annual celebrations of the International Ballet Festival in Havana. In 1997, Ms. Gonzalez joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza of Mexico as a first soloist. Her extensive performance experience includes principal roles of the Classical repertoire such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle and Coppelia. She has worked with notable ballet masters and choreographers such as Alicia Alonso, Asari Plizetski, Loipa Araujo, Stanton Welch, Josefina Mendez, Aurora Bosch,David Howard, and Fernando Bujones to name a few. In 2002, Ms. Gonzalez arrived to United States and trained with Miami City Ballet where she learned the Balanchine style; she later joined Ballet Florida for three seasons in which she had the chance to work first hand with Stanton Welch in his production of Dracula. Valia Gonzalez has performed at Miami Ballet Festival with Cuban Classical Ballet and Brazarte Dance Company.
Kris Kramer was born in upstate New York, where she began her training at the Saugerties Ballet Center and later attended the Albany Dance Institute, under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer, David Otto. During the summers, she studied at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Chatauqua Dance Institute. Kris joined Miami City Ballet in 2001, after being a scholarship student at Miami City Ballet School and apprenticing with the Company for a year. During her six years with MCB, she was featured in ballets such as Giselle, Edward Villella's "THE QUICK-STEP: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go!", George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, among others.
Maria Torija (Principal Faculty) was born in Madrid, Spain and began her dance studies at the Ballet School of Lola De Avila, one of the ballet world’s most renowned teachers, and at the Real Conservatorio de Arte Dramático y Danza. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to train for three years at the School of American Ballet with such distinguished teachers as Suki Schorer, Kay Mazzo, Stanley Williams, Alexandra Danilova, Antonina Tumkovsky and Susan Pilarre. She also studied during summer programs at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Laura Alonso, Aurora Bosch and Jorge Esquivél and at a Bournonville Seminar in Copenhagen with Vivi Flindt, Johnny Eliasen and Eva Evdokimova.
Faculty -- JAZZ
Rafi Maldonado-López is a faculty member of New World School of the Arts, where he teaches ballet and advanced Jazz for Music Theatre, and Movement in the Drama track. He has worked as a guest teacher across the Midwest as well as St. Petersburg, Russia, for the resident dance company of the famed Music Hall. He began his dance training in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Ballet Concierto and Ballet de San Juan, and later continued his studies under scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School and the Boston Conservatory. He performed contemporary works with Boston Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet of the Dolls, Ballet Arts of Minnesota, as well as various commercial video works. Most recently he has choreographed for Anything Goes, Carousel, and Guys and Dolls, and has just been awarded a choreography commission for a new original Broadway musical: Palladium. Mr. Maldonado-Lopez is head of the Jazz department of MCB School since 2004.
Liz Malm is a multi-talented dancer, teacher and choreographer. She began her training in the New World School of the Arts Dance Department. She has danced for Mia Michaels, Ballet Theater of Miami, Momentum Dance Company and Brazarte Dance Company. Ms. Malm has also worked in the music video industry where she has danced and choreographed for top artists including Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin, Jay-Z, P Diddy, Beastie Boys, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Lil’Romeo, Baha Men, Carlos Ponce, Tito Puente, Kevens, Celia Cruz and Iron and Wine. Her choreography has been featured on MTV, BET, CBS, FOX, HTV, Telemundo and Univision. Some of her commercial credits include: Virgin Mobile featuring Missy Elliot, Samsung “Stomp”, Bud Light for Super Bowl featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Bacardi, Lays Potato Chips featuring Chayanne, Telefonica “Movie Star”, Herbal Essence, Pollo Tropical “That’s the Way”, Orbit Gum “Lifeguard” and the “Truth” Anti-smoking campaign. She has also choreographed half-time shows for the Miami Heat. Since 2003 Ms. Malm has shared her time between Miami City Ballet and New World School of the Arts teaching in their Jazz and Musical Theater Departments. At New World in 2008 her work was featured in the musical “The Pajama Game” and in 2011 she choreographed the rock musical “Spring Awakening”. In 2009 she was assistant director/ choreographer for Miami City Ballet's Lounge 2200 "Open Barre” Dance Series. In 2012 Ms. Malm was a guest teacher and choreographer for the Entreatos Internacional De Dança in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Faculty -- PILATES
Montse Cosin has been teaching Pilates since 1991 and holds mat and equipment certifications with STOTT PILATES, Peak Pilates, Integrated Balance Pilates and Julian Littleford Body Conditioning. She has given Pilates specific courses, kinesiology & dance seminars to professional and amateur dancers and Pilates instructors in Mexico, Europe and the United States. She was Pilates presenter in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 PMA conferences, and is also presenting in 2013. She has also presented in several international Pilates conferences. Montse is Master instructor trainer & international curriculum coordinator for Integrated Balance, LLC. Montse is an ISTD associated classical ballet teacher with more than 20 years of international experience. She is also a Gyrotonic® teacher and Yoga and Gyrokinesis practitioner. A graduated student on biochemistry and molecular biology from the University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain; she has a Ph.D. on Molecular Mechanisms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Faculty -- Mommy & Me Yoga DanceMeldy Hernandez, RN, MPH is a dancer and certified yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience working with women and children in the wellness field. Visit Meldy's website: http://meldyhernandezyoga.weebly.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
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Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs