Deborah Marquez is recipient of the 2016 Randolph A Frank Award for outstanding Arts Educator!

Deborah Marquez was born in Havana, Cuba and trained at the Provincial Ballet School “Alejo Carpentier” and later at the National Ballet School in Havana. She graduated in 1993 as a Professional Dancer and Teacher.  Ms. Marquez also joined the Centro Pro-Danza lead by the great maitre Laura Alonso where she was a Classic Ballet Soloist and danced the leading roles of the main classic ballet repertoire: Clara in The Nutcracker, Effi in Le Sylphide, Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Swanilda in Coppelia, Teresita in Napoli, Lucy and Mina in Dracula, ​Constanza ​in The Three  Musketeers, Ganzatti in Le Bayadere ...More about Ms. Marquez

Douglas Gawriljuk (Assistant Director, Ballet Master, Teacher)is a multi-versatile dance artist, Douglas Gawriljuk can offer dance related organizations/institutions a multitude of high-quality services backed by extensive experience and professional tenure. 

Born in Brazil Mr. Gawriljuk was trained by his father Ruslan Gawriljuk, and also took the exams of the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD ) in London, England, where he graduated with honors in September 1986. Later that year he received the Gold Medal at the “Conselho Brasileiro de Danca” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a Silver Deborah Marquez (Lady of Camellias, pas de deux) revisit the romance, dancing with joyous freedom…”Medalist at the “ Seventh Concurso Internacional de Ballet” in Trujillo, Peru, and won the first prize in 1994 at the, XII Festival de Danca in Joinville, Brazil. From 1988 through 1990 attended the School of American Ballet, New York, with a full scholarship.

As professional dancer Mr. Gawriljuk started his career in 1990 with Ballet Du Nord in France under the direction of Alfonso Cata. In 1991 he joined The Basel Ballet in Switzerland as a soloist, directed by Youri Vamos. Mr. Gawriljuk joined Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer from 1993 – 1998 and later in 1999 directed by Edward Villella. His special performances with MCB include tours to The Spoleto Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta – Georgia, The Kennedy Center, The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Wolftrap’s 25th anniversary and appeared at the gala The Next Step (Career Transition for Dancer in New York 1997). From 1998 – 1999 Mr. Gawriljuk moved to Pennsylvania to join The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater as a principal dancer, directed by Terrence S. Orr, where he excelled at interpreting many of the big classical ballets. In May 2000 through 2005 he joined Maximum Dance Company in South Florida as a principal dancer and where he also worked as a Ballet Master under the Artistic Direction of Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer, working with many international choreographers such as Daniel Rosseel, Jean Christophe Blavier, KT Nelson among others. In 2003-2004 he was nominated the best male dancer in South Florida by the Sun Post. From 2006 - 2009 he danced for Ballet Florida under the artistic direction of Marie Hale where he retired from his dancing career.

Mr. Gawriljuk has been part of international dance projects such as Dolomytica in Europe and Casablanca The Dance in China, capturing the attention of the international press. He has also engaged in the field of choreography where he created pieces for Maximum Dance Company and New Orleans Ballet Theater (Berimbau, Lacrimosa, Thick as Thieves, Entre Dos) and later choreographed for various Dance Schools and Institutes, and has set many classical works and variations.

As Ballet Teacher he was part of the faculty at Palm Beach Ballet Center and is frequently invited as guest teacher in different schools around the country such as, Douglas Andersen School of Arts in Jacksonville FL, Ballet Pacifica in California, The School of Dulce Anaya in Jacksonville FL, Southern Dance Theater in Boynton Beach FL, Gulfshore Ballet in Fort Myers FL, as well as Ballet Ruslan in Sao Paulo Brazil, and most recently, Virginia School of the Arts. 

In the fall of 2009 Mr. Gawriljuk worked as guest ballet teacher at the UNCSA where he was invited back to be part of their summer program 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he joined the dance faculty at UNCSA. During his time Mr. Gawriljuk taught Ballet to all levels, ballet partnering, character and variations. He also served as Ballet Master for The Nutcracker, and also performed the role of “Herr Drosselmeyer” in 2010, served as the Artistic Supervisor over this production since 2011 where he continue to supervise. He also was part of co-directing Swan Lake Act II production for the final UNCSA School of Dance spring concert which was also televised at UNCTV, and co-directed the UNCSA summer program in 2011 for the School of Dance and for the 2012 UNCSA Comprehensive Dance Intensive. 

Since the end of Summer 2012 he moved back with his family to Florida, where he works as a guest teacher, choreographer. In 2013 he started his on Summer Program in New Orleans for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Recently he was invited to teach company classes and coach rehearsals for the Royal New Zealand Ballet under the artistic Direction of Ethan Stiefel.

Claudia Cravey (Ballet Mistress, Teacher) started dancing at the famed Imperial Studios in Palm Beach, FL. By the time she was  young fourteen years old, she was dancing major roles as a professional on stages all over the world. She also appeared in a major motion picture, and several times on television.

Ms. Cravey was the Ballet Mistress for Ballet Florida for over 23 years. There, she worked closely with of Marie Hale, Lynda Swiadon and Steven Hoff. She also worked alongside and with world renowned choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Daniel Ezralow, Trey McIntyre, Vicente Nebrada, Margo Sappington, Ben Stevenson, Mauricio Wainrot
…The list is just too long to include everyone! 

Ms. Cravey brings  elegance, excellence, knowledge, experience, dedication and most of all, an unsurpassed love and passion for dance. Bringing out the very best, she has been a major influence on each dancer with whom she has ever worked!

Galina Alvarez (Ballet) began her ballet training at the Provincial School Alejo Carpertier in Havana Cuba. She continued her studies a the the School of Arts where she was awarded the Golden Diploma for being the most Distinguished Student of Her Generation. She then, joined the National Ballet of Cuba, where she became a Principal Dancer. Her professional training has been influenced by such celebrities as Alicia Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josephina Mendez, Aurora Bosch, Mirta Pla, Silvia Marichal, Joaquin Banegas, Maria Elena Llorente, Martha Garcia, Migdalia Montero, and Magaly Suarex.

With the National Ballet of Cuba, she toured Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, and the USA. Throughout her cast balet career she has interpreted the main characters of the great classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Le Fille Mal Garde, Cinderella, Coppellia, and others. She has worked with great choreographers from the USA, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain. Many who have created works especially for her. 

She has been the partner of such renowned dancers as Carlos Acosta, Igor Yebra, Rolando Sarabia, Lazaro Carreño, and Ernesto Quenedit, among others. 

She participated at the Stars Gala in Budapest, Hungary. She was awarded the Medal for National Culture of Cuba. She has also participated at international galas in Cuba, Spain Edinburgh, France and Italy. She has been the Repetitrice for solo couples of the National Ballet of Cuba, and also as the ballet mistress for the Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico where she participated in choreographies based on original versions of full masterpieces like Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Le Byadere, Paquita Grand Pas de Deux, and Pas de Deux Flames of Paris, and Spring Waters. She has been the assistant to renowned world choreographers, and has worked closely under the direction of Robert Hill, while in Monterrey. The College of Music and Dance of Monterrey has invited her to help adjudicate for several competitions.

Laura Alonso (Ballet) was born in New York City. Her parents Alicia Alonso and Fernando Alonso, are outstanding figures of the world of dance. Laura studied with several renowned professors in the ballet world.

She was principal soloist at the National Ballet of Cuba for 25 years. After leaving the stage, Laura worked as personal trainer and maître for Alicia Alonso during 7 years. 

Some dancers trained by Laura Alonso have been awarded gold and silver medals and prizes at international contests, such as the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris and the Jackson International Ballet Competition, in which Laura was awarded the Prize to the Best Trainer. At the Gran Latino Americano de la Danza 2001 Contest, held in Córdoba, Argentina, she was appointed Vice-president of the Latin American Dance Federation, in representing Cuba.

Some of Laura Alonso’s students were José Manuel Carreño and Xiomara Reyes, top figures at the ABT; Marcela Goicochea, principal dancer in Chile’s National Ballet; Lorna Feijó, Alihaydé Carreño and Víctor Gilí, top figures with the National Ballet of Cuba; Arionel Vargas, top figure with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Edelquis Cruz, top figure with the Teatro Teresa Carreño Ballet of Caracas, among others.

Since 1984, Laura Alonso has worked as the General Director of Cuba’s Center for the Promotion of Dance, internationally known as ProDanza, where young dancers and ballerinas are trained according to the syllabus of the Cuban Ballet School. Laura is also the main organizer and promoter of the worldwide known CUBALLET events, which are international courses that take place in different seasons of the year and in several countries.

She is a Guest Teacher at several ballet academies in Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, The Philippines, Mexico and the United States, and she has given courses as requested by prestigious ballet companies.

Marife Gimenez (Ballet)is a multi-versatile dance artist born in Venezuela. Ms. Gimenez started her ballet studies in 1982 at the Fanny Montiel School of Ballet in Caracas. Ms. Gimenez repertoire includes the classics, Balanchine, and contemporary works by today’s leading choreographers. 

Her professional career began at the age of fourteen with The National Ballet of Caracas under the Artistic Direction of Vicente Nebrada where she worked her way to a principal dancer performing many of the classics and Vicente Nebrada’s repertoire and winning several awards like, Casa Del Artista, for her work as a classical ballerina and the Jose Felix Rivas medal from the Venezuelan Government for her outstanding artistic achievements. 

In 1995 she moved to Miami Florida to join the Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer directed by Edward Villella. She has also worked for Maximum Dance Company under the direction of Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer. From 2006-2009 she danced for Ballet Florida under the artistic direction Marie Hale where she retired from her dancing career.

Some of the Ms. Gimenez special performances include tours to The Edinburgh Festival, The Kennedy Center Honors, The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta – Georgia, Wolftrap’s 25th Anniversary, appeared at the gala The Next Step (Career Transition for Dancer) in October 1997 in New  York, international dance projects such as Dolomytica in Europe and Casablanca The Dance in China and guest artist appearances with different companies capturing the attention of the international press. 

In 2001–2002–2003 she was nominated the best female dancer in South Florida by the Sun Post. 

In the past few years she has given master classes around the Nation being invited by different schools such as Gulfshore Ballet in Fort Myers, Ballet Pacifica in California, The School of Dulce Anaya in Jacksonville, Cary Ballet in North Caroline, among others.

In 2010 and 2011 Ms Gimenez was invited to teach for the UNCSA School of Dance summer intensive, where she also choreographed two pieces for the Workshop performances. (Handell Suites, and Dream Scene from Don Quixote Act II). Since the Summer 2012 Ms. Gimenez moved back with her family to Florida. Where she works as a guest teacher, choreographer for various schools and around the US. She is also on faculty for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive since 2013.

Gina Buntz’s choreography was cited by Anna Kisselgoff in the New York Times as, "A dancer's choreographer - the possessor of a virtuoso mind whose inventiveness is of keen interest to other dancers." She has taught and choreographed throughout the U.S. and overseas in Europe, Korea, East Africa and Haiti.

Ms. Buntz is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She has presented her work at the American Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, CNDC Angers in France among many others. Ms. Buntz has been on faculty at New World School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, Dreyfoos School of the Arts and BAK MSOA, Stephens College and the University of Michigan. 

From 2007-2015, Gina was Dance Chair at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she mentored young dancers at the pre-professional level. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), she was part of a core group of principal dancers in the movie “Fame” who negotiated the first union salary rate for dancers in film and television. Gina is also founding director of a new company, danceflow®, that hold dance sessions and events for non-dancers of all ages.

Cathy James Higgins (Jazz)holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Management and Marketing from Florida Atlantic University, where she also studied ballet, modern and jazz. She is certified through Florida Dance Masters, Inc. to teach ballet and tap and is also certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) to teach fitness classes.
She began her early dance training with the Thomas family and Charlotte Ray Hamer, who trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet for six years under the direction of George Balanchine. Cathy has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, modern, ballroom, african and hip hop with renowned teachers all over the world. She has worked professionally as a jazz dancer and choreographer. Her professional teaching experience includes 15 years in the dance department at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 15 years with Thomas Dance Studio, guest teaching for the L.A. County High School of the Arts (LACHSA), Boca Ballet and Southern Dance Theatre.

She was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for her teaching expertise and for the exceptional artistic achievements of her students who placed in the top 10% of the nationally recognized Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) program out of 6,550 applicants nationwide.

Tania Vergara (Ballet, Modern, Character)is from Cuba and holds a and was a teacher from 1986 to 2013 in the Cuban Ballet School. She was the Founder and Director, and Choreographer of Contemporary Ballet Endedans. Other professional experience includes companies like National Ballet of Cuba and Ballet of Camagüey.

Her awards consist of the Ibero-American Choreography Award in 2008, Anacaona "Golden Flower" Distinction, granted by Igneri Foundation, in the Dominican Republic, the National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba for choreography (UNEAC), and Villanueva Award granted by Critic Section of UNEAC, among others. Her choreography has been performed in countries as Germany, Mexico, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, Venezuela, Martinique and USA. She has prepared contemporary pieces for to Youth American Grand Prix in Cordova, Mexico, Orlando, USA and Varna, Bulgaria.

Ms. Vergara has worked as ballet teacher in México, Dominican Republic and the USA. She is also well “versed” in repertory, character dance, and its methodology, as well.

Irmah del Valle (Guest Choreographer)is the  Artistic Director at Final Step Dance Academy, is originally from Cuba, where she graduated from the National School of the Arts in Havana. She has expertise in the fields of Modern Dance, Ballet, Afro-Cuban Folklore, Latin Jazz and Popular Cuban Rhythm.

While in Cuba she performed with "Danza Contemporanea de Cuba" and was a principal dancer of "Narciso Medina's Company" with whom she received a gold medal at an International Dance competition in Korea and was selected to participate in the "World's Festival" in Russia and Martinique. Irmah went on to tour most of Europe and later founded the dance company Out of Balance along with her partner. They received several awards, medals and outstanding critiques in international publications; particularly Finland, where she and her partner introduced a new style of dance and taught at Latin American Dance Theater in Helsinki.

She later came to Miami, and joined "Momentum Dance Company", where for seven years she served as Artistic Assistant Director, Principal Choreographer, professional dancer and teacher. She also performed with several companies such as Dance Now, IFE-ILE and Iroko Dance and Music Ensemble. Aside from performing, Irmah also taught at Miami Dade College, The Arts of Classical Ballet, P.A.N. with Ballet Flamenco La Rosa Studio, Kick it Up Dance Studio, R.R. Motion Elementary School Dance Program and Community Education Village Center of Key Biscayne.

Currently Irmah is a guest artist at Dealer School of Performing Arts and the Principal Teaching Artist at Momentum's Educational Residencies at South Miami Middle School, International Dance High School and South Miami High School. She created original choreography for Dance It of Western Kentucky University and for the gold and silver places at the Ballet World Competition in Orlando, FL (2009) for dancers from Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. Presently she is the Principal Choreographer and Coordinator of Ritmo Cubano Dance Group in Hinasville, GA. Her recent choreographies were performed at The World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL, where her contemporary solos were awarded silver & gold medals. They were also performed at Cathy Roe competition in Orlando, FL, receiving gold and platinum medals and at the American Dance competition in Orlando, FL receiving the ADC medallion.

Adiarys Alemeida
Cincinnati Ballet, Angel Corrella Company (Spain), Currently: Principal Dancer Boston Ballet

Doris Infante
Director of Ballet School Dominican

Ivon Lemus
Patel Conservatory and Coach - YAGP in Jackson, Mississippi

Reyneris Reyes
Fours Years with Boston Ballet, Five Years with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Currently: Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet

Lynda Swiadon
Former Co-Founder, Company Manager of Ballet Florida, and Master Teacher

Rolando Yanes
Milwaukee Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet II Director

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