|2011 - 2012 School Faculty -- Winter Program|
Darleen Callaghan, School Director
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 is so pleased to accept the position of Director of the Miami City Ballet School and looks forward to working closely with Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, to realize their common goals for the School. It is with great anticipation and sincere gratitude that Ms. Callaghan begins this next chapter in her dance career.
Carter Alexander - (SR. FACULTY ADVISOR) began his ballet training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He continued at Arts Magnet and Dallas Ballet Academy before joining the Hartford Ballet, where he studied with his mentor, Truman Finney. He danced principal and soloist roles with the Kansas City Ballet, and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet (where he taught on the faculty of the Rock School). Mr. Alexander received an offer to become the principal teacher at the Ballet Workshop New England in Boston, where he taught for five years. He also became the artistic associate of the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. He then joined Truman Finney at The School of Ballet Arizona as Assistant Director of the school. He is a principal teacher on the Miami City Ballet School faculty.
Faculty -- JAZZ
Richard Amaro - a multi-talented dancer, teacher and director/choreographer, began his career dancing with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. He appeared on Broadway in the original companies of Jerome Robbins Broadway, Dangerous Games, and as Chita Rivera's partner in The Dancer's Life. Mr. Amaro also appeared in the national tours of Kiss of The Spiderwoman, and in West Side Story where he played the role of Bernardo. He has performed with top artists including Michael Jackson, Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Bolton and Vanessa Williams. He appeared in the films The Mambo Kings and Jeffrey. Mr. Amaro conceived, directed, choreographed and performed in An Evening of Latin Rhythms for BC/EFA in NY. He was associate director/choreographer of a Dreamgirls national tour and of Lounge 2200 for Miami City Ballet. He recently choreographed videos by famed photographer Bruce Weber for A & F and Ralph Lauren. Currently Richard is the choreographer for Magic City the new STARZ TV series in which he also appears as a featured performer. Mr. Amaro, who has has taught master classes around the world, teaches jazz at Miami City Ballet School.
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 Miami native who graduated from New World School of the Arts. Ms. Malm has worked in the music video industry, where she has choreographed, danced and toured with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin, Jay-Z, P-Diddy, Beastie Boys, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, Lil' Romeo, Baha Men, Carlos Ponce, Jaime Camil, Tito Puente and Iron and Wine. She has choreographed many commercials and television shows such as Virgin Mobile featuring Missy Elliot, Samsung, Bud Light featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Super Bowl, Lays Potato Chips, Telefonica, Herbal Essence, Pollo Tropical, "Truth" Anti-smoking campaign, MTV, BET, CBS, Telemundo and Univision. Ms. Malm has also choreographed half-time shows for the Miami Heat. Currently, Ms. Malm divides her time between New World School of the Arts and Miami City Ballet School, where she teaches jazz, stretch, and hip hop classes and choreographs for student performances. She recently choreographed Lounge 2200 for Miami City Ballet's "Open Barre Dance Series", with Rafi Maldonado and Richard Amaro.
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Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs