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Paula Nuñez
Paula NuñezArtistic Director & Founder
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Paula Nuñez trained at the Gustavo Franklin School. Nuñez is a former company member of the International Ballet of Caracas, Ballet Nuevo Mundo, and the Cleveland – San Jose Ballet.

Nu˜ez performed throughout the world at prestigious theaters in Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Russia, Romania, Austria, Hungary, China, Japan, Taiwan, North, Central, and South America. Her work includes classical and neo-classical styles of renowned choreographers such as, Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Terry Orr, Judith Jamison, Jhon Butler, Elisa Monte, Carlos Orta, Dennis Nahat, Ulisses Dove, Vicente Nebrada, Hans Van Mannen, Hector Zaraspe, Flemming Flindt, and Margo Sapington. Nuñez has participated in numerous festivals such as Spolleto in Italy, Cervantino in Mexico, and Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. She has shared the stage with esteemed ballet artists such as Cynthia Gregory, Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones, and Julio Boca.

In 1993, Nuñez became Artistic Director of “Ballet de las Americas”, a successful Professional Ballet School in Venezuela and has remained dedicated to teaching students of all ages. Many of Nuñez’s former students have attained professional positions in dance companies throughout the world. Nunez was appointed as Artistic Director of the Juvenil Ballet Las Americas in Venezuela for her outstanding work developing young dancers.

In 2002, Nuñez opened America’s Ballet School, in Tampa, Florida. In 2004, she became a member of the University of South Florida dance faculty, while continuing to develop contemporary and classical choreographies.

To the delight of Tampa audiences, Nuñez has staged full-length classical ballets that include Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, DonQuixote and Paquita.

Nuñez has received “Outstanding Teacher, Choreographer, and Coach” awards from the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), American Dance Competition and American Ballet Competition. America’s Ballet School has been awarded “Outstanding School” for five consecutive years at the YAGP regional semi-finals.

In 2012, Nuñez became Artistic Director of the non-profit Tampa City Ballet, dedicated to creating and presenting high quality works of classical and contemporary ballet; also developing community involvement through outreach programs.

America’s Ballet School, together with Tampa City Ballet serves the local community by providing scholarships, community engagement and training for children, as well as for committed pre-professional and professional dancers.

Osmany Montano
Osmany MontanoBallet Master
Born in Cuba, Osmany Montano has been Ballet Master at America’s Ballet School since 2007 where he shares his passion for dance with younger generations.

Montano trained with the Cuban National Ballet under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Ramona De Saa and Magda Campo.He was awarded a silver medallion at the Cuban Ballet Festival.

Montano has danced with the Cuban National Ballet and Ballet of Santiago de Cuba, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and Ballet of Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso, as well as the National Ballet of Caracas. Internationally, he has performed in Israel, Germany, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. In the United States, he has performed with the Tulsa Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. His classical repertory includes Arlequinada, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Diana and Acteon, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty, among others. Montano has danced principal roles in contemporary works such as Carmina Burana, Doble Corchea, Majisimo, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Scherezade. He performed works by such contemporary masters as Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, Mauro Galindo, Maria Eugenia Barrios, Vicente Nebrada, and Alberto Mendez.

Since 2007 when he joined the faculty of America’s Ballet School, Montano has staged full-length classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Paquita and the Nutcracker.

Montano shares his strengths as an artist and educator, assisting students in development of proper ballet technique as well as partnering skills. He has been awarded as an “Outstanding Teacher” at the Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competitions. Since 2011, he has been an adjunct dance professor at the University of South Florida.

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Barbara Valles
Barbara VallesBallet Teacher
Barbara Valles was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She has a BFA in Ballet from the University Institute of Dance in Venezuela and performed with the Youth Ballet of Venezuela. Barbara is certified on PBT Progressing Ballet Technique as well as in Junior, Senior and Advanced levels.

Prior to 2003, when Valles became a faculty member at America’s Ballet School her diverse work experience included; ballet teacher, choreographer, and program coordinator of activities and performances for Fredy Reyna Music and Ballet School, working with the dance program of the Bolivarian School of the Department of Education, Culture and Sport of Venezuela, and ballet teacher for the Municipal School of Rhythm Gymnastic. Caracas, Venezuela. She studied Physical Education, at the Experimental University, the Libertador in Caracas, Venezuela. Valles has advanced training with the following; “Advanced Workshop for Ballet Teachers” and “Advanced Workshop for Ballet Dancers” (by Master David Howard), International Seminar and Workshop of Science and Sport, (Gatorade Sport Science Institute), Seminar “Medicine and Art”, Seminar “Vaganova School” (by Master Rumen Rachev), and “Floor Barre Workshop” (by Ines Mariño from Alvin Ailey).

Valles has also been a guest ballet teacher at the University of South Florida Dance Program and in 2014 at the Brandon Ballet Summer Intensive.

Gretel Batista
Gretel BatistaFaculty/Guest Teacher
Born in Cuba, Gretel Batista trained with the National Ballet of Cuba until 2005 when at age 12 she moved to the United States with her family. Batista graduated from the
Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, majoring in Dance.

She has trained on full scholarship with the Academy of Ballet Arts and America’s Ballet School. In 2013, Batista joined Dance Alive National Ballet as a Principal Dancer.

She has appeared as a guest artist with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami and Dulce Anaya Ballet School and has performed lead roles with the Tampa City Ballet.

Ballet Guest Teachers &
Ballet Guest Teachers &Modern Guest Teachers
Sandra Robinson, Andrew Carroll, Mary Carmen Catoya, Iliana Lopez, Franklin Gamero, Graciela Acedo, Luana Hidalgo, Giselle Duran, Julio Montana, Reynieris Reyes, Duncan Cooper, Gina Bugatti, Sonia Melo, James Applewhite

Lana Carroll, Elsa Valbuena, Jeanne Travers, Shana Perkins Donahue, Sadie Lehmker, Michael Jones, Jennifer Petuch, Maritza Hernandez