Faculty 2018-03-14T20:21:19+00:00

Artistic Faculty and Staff

Paula Nuñez

FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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.

Nuñez 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, JhonButler, 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.

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Osmany Montano

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

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Luana Hidalgo

BALLET MISTRESS

Luana Hidalgo started studying dance at the Institute of Art at an early age and graduated from Madame Irene Levandosky’s Ballet School in Venezuela. She became a soloist with Ballet of Maracaibo before she became a principal dancer for Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas. Hidalgo had the honor of leaning from some of the world’s best choreographers…

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Barbara Valles

ADULT BALLET TEACHER, PROGRESSIVE BALLET TECHNIQUE

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.

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Jeanne Travers

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FACULTY

Jeanne Travers is a professor, choreographer, teacher performer and interdisciplinary, international artist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Utah where she graduated with honors.

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Elsa Valbuena

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FACULTY

Elsa Valbuena is one of Colombia’s Contemporary Dance pioneers. She studied Music and Visual Arts before dedicating her life to Contemporary Dance. In 1982 Elsa founded Gaudere Danza in Cali, Colombia, where she was born. Gaudere Danza derives its name from the Latin word meaning to rejoice as it is in the process of the work that I find special joy.

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Ballet Guest Teachers

Gretel Batista, Rachel Ridley, Kathryn Fontaba, Adia Hollist, Sandra Robinson, Andrew Carroll, Mary Carmen Catoya, Iliana Lopez, Franklin Gamero, Graciela Acedo, Giselle Duran, Julio Montana, Reynieris Reyes, Duncan Cooper, Gina Bugatti, Sonia Melo.

Modern Guest Teachers

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