|SUMMER INTENSIVES STAFF & FACULTY 2014|
Darleen Callaghan - School Director
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.
Lourdes Lopez - Chairman of Faculty (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MIAMI CITY BALLET)
Faculty -- BALLET
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.
Maribel Modrono - was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami, Fl. She began her studies in South Florida, and then received a scholarship with the School of American Ballet. She soon began her professional career at the age of 18 with Ft. Worth Ballet. Moving back home to Miami, after the invitation of Edward Villella, she joined Miami City Ballet and was swiftly promoted to Principal Dancer. In pursue to expand her repertoire; she later accepted an offer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Throughout her extensive career she received high acclaim for her dancing in many of the famous George Balanchine ballets and the great classical ballets. This opened many new opportunities dancing for some of the leading choreographers of today. With her passion towards health and fitness she became a certified Pilates Instructor and later received her certification as a Core Fusion Teacher. Her dream is to share her knowledge of dance with the dreams of the next generation.
Olivier Pardina (Principal Faculty) - is a principal Instructor in the Pre-Professional Division Faculty, teaching students at the Advanced Levels. A former Artistic Director and Principal Teacher at the Nice Opera Ballet School, Pardina has lived in the United States since 1991. He taught at The HARID Conservatory for 20 years and has taught master classes throughout the world. He has been a guest teacher at American Ballet Theatre and the Youth American Grand Prix, the world's largest student ballet competition. A native of France, Pardina began his ballet training at age 10. His training included master teachers from the Paris Opera Ballet. The Nice Opera Ballet offered the 16 year old Pardina his first professional position and promoted him to the rank of Principal Dancer by the end of his first year. Pardina has toured with Rudolph Nureyev and worked closely with him as his understudy while working for the Nancy Ballet Theatre. He also danced and toured the world with major French ballet companies. Among his breakthrough roles, was his portrayal of Petrouchka, in Hommage a Diaghilev. He also received critical acclaim for his performances in Serge Lifar’s Phedra, Moses Pendleton’s Pulcinella, Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie and Hans Van Manen’s Songs Without Words, Five Tangos, and Septet Extra. His students have won major prizes at both national and international dance competitions and many are now principal dancers at some of the top ballet companies in the United States and Europe.
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.
Miami City Ballet School students. Photo © Bruce Hibbs.