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.


Orlando Salgado was born in Havana, Cuba. He began his dance studies at the National School of Arts when he was 9 years old. At 13, he began combining his dance studies with artistic appearances in performances within the Cuban National Ballet. Notable maîtres such as Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, Laura Alonso, Joaquin Banegas, Loipa Araujo and Azary Plisetsky contributed to his professional training.

Upon is graduation in 1968, he became part of the corps de ballet in the Cuban National Ballet, before being promoted to soloist in 1972 and First Dancer in 1976. As a member of the CNB during more than 30 years, he traveled to more than 50 countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. He was the partenaire of prima ballerina Alicia Alonso for more than two decades, dancing ballets of the traditional classical and neo-classical repertoire. Throughout his career, he also accompanied all the first dancers of the CNB and numerous international ballet dancers. His extensive repertoire included the main roles of the romantic-classical tradition and the works of important choreographers of different styles.

From 1966 to 2000 he participated in all the editions of the International Ballet Festival of Havana, and had a special appearance in 2003. He participated as a guest artist in renowned and important Star Galas in different countries.

Since 1997 he is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Dance at the University of the Arts, in Havana, Cuba. He is a member of the International Dance Council, CID-UNESCO. In 2002 he obtained a Master's Degree in Performing Arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain.

Alongside his long career as a dancer, he carried out an important pedagogical labor, not only in the CNB, where he contributed to the formation of several generations of dancers, but also as a teacher in the Provincial School of Ballet and National School Ballet of Havana. Moreover, he has coached dancers in many other schools and companies around the world, teaching at summer courses and working as a guest teacher in countless companies and dance centers.

He has been a jury in numerous international dance competitions, and has won important prizes in competitions, as well as recognitions of organizations, theaters and governments of several countries.

Beginning in 2001, he worked for four years as a professor, trainer and rehearsal coach of the Colón Theatre Ballet in Buenos Aires, participating in several international tours with this company. In 2005, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he worked as deputy director and teacher of the Carmen Roche Ballet until 2013. During those same years he also worked as a teacher at the Scaena Professional Dance Conservatory.

Since 2013 he is a professor at the Alicia Alonso University Dance Institute, attached to the Rey Juan Carlos University, in Madrid.


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.

Tangin Fong, who is part of the third Chinese immigrants’ generation in Cuba, is a lover of the movement on stage. He has decided to live and create in his country with a contemporary perspective, open to exchange and take all functional subject related to his work.  His way of making art-where converges different legacies: Cuban contemporary and modern dancing, Cuban folklore, acting, singing, music- makes a restless, dynamic attitude which is connected to the show business of the XXI century.

He feels the stage on his own human and cultural dimension. His inexhaustible creative potential makes him to go back over and over to the artistic facts he performs. He creates live music, gives a different sense to the scene or show; he explores on the vocal sonority and acting that comes from actors, musicians and dancers on the stage.

 He was born in September, 24th, 1973 in Santiago de Cuba. In his native land, during primary and secondary education he participated in singing, dancing and sports activities from 1987 to 1989. In 1989 he began to study modern and folk dancing at the National School of Arts, in Havana.

In 1992 he majored in Cuban Modern and Folk dancing and teaching. After this, he participated in dancing festivals and competition, obtaining different awards as choreographer and dancer. In 1992 he joined the Contemporary Dancing Cuban Company where he worked up to 1995. In this company he played relevant works of important Cuban choreographers. In 1995 he gave pop, afrocuban and contemporary dancing classes in Japan.

From the very beginning he has created his own dancing and musical works; he has also worked with Japanese choreographers, dancers and musicians. Tangin Fong mixes all forms of artistic expression into the body dancing language, including martial arts. His purpose is original and peculiar; it is based on the body movements, showing a natural energy of great expectation.

During his studies he learned modern, Afrocuban folk, acrobatics, ballet, make-up, drama. As a professional he has created and keeps working on his style and training technique called “the power of improvisation”. He likes to give his work that special touch.  An special mention has to be made to his organic vocation for creating a new tissue between audio-visual and choreography, being himself not only the pioneer in Dancing Video in Cuba but also one of the performing artists who more frequently and with better results uses this combination. Based on the movement technical work, this creator has deeply gone into the dancers ‘playing projection. According to this, the selected soundtrack moves a sensitive universe that will have to be assimilated, compared, enriched with the visions the dancers and their environment suggest to the audience.

Samantha Cyprian is originally from West Palm Beach, Fl. She began her dance training at The Academy of Ballet Florida under the Artistic Direction of Marie Hale. While in the Academyshe worked closely with Ballet Florida's professional company where she was provided the opportunity to take classes and perform alongside the company in Marie Hale's depiction of The Nutcracker. Ms. Cyprian attended dance programs at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She obtained her Horton Pedagogy certificationfrom Ana Marie Forsythe, Chair of the Horton department atAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has begun studies of the Katherine Dunham technique, which she plans to certify in. She was the Modern dance teacher at Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts prior to her current position as Dance teacher at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts. Ms. Cyprian also provides dance classes to underserved communities in Palm Beach County via her dance company, SoulMovement LLC. Her belief is that all children should have access to the art of dance and her mission is to ensure it materializes.

Jazmin Baeza Born and Raise in Santiago Chile, at eight years old Jazmin was  accepted to study Ballet at The University of Chile, for 8 years and 3 years at School of Ballet of Karen Connolly. After she graduated she performed in various TV shows and major venues in the country and abroad. Began her career in dance educator in 1995, teaching Creative MovementsModern danceJazz Dance and Pilates. She polishes her skills as a teacher studying"Primary School Educationin Chile. At the same time she expanded her education,beginning in the area of fitness, incorporating their knowledge of dance and pedagogy in dance, creating an own and unique style, developing a lifelong career for the last 20 years in fitness and more than 30 years in Dance. In 2004 she begins to polish her dancing skills incorporating the technique of "BellyDance"
Jazmin had hosted over 10 full house productions showcasing a variety of guest artist and different dance techniques. She also participated in Miss Belly-dance Chile 2010 where she won the award for most outstanding performer and the second place in the competition chosen by the president of the jury, Jiliina. She began her activities in the USA as Dance Coordinator at the production "Florida Youth Dance Gala" 2014-2016 and she joining the team of "School Of Ballet Arts" in 201giving all their love to each of the children, teaching Creative Movements, Jazz and Physical Conditioning.
She enjoy teaching and working with students,sharing her experiences as a dancer, teacher and instructor. She thinks that dance is a language and each movement is a word. The most important thing is to reach the hearts of the audience through dance, expressing the magic of music and life itself in every movement. Jazmin is currently teaching and enjoying her new home in USA .

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.

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.

Arts Dance Generation is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization, and is sponsored in part by
​The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County, and thoughtful and generous donors.​

SCHOOL OF BALLET ARTS, and ARTS DANCE GENERATION | 924 North Dixie Highway | Lake Worth, FL 33460Palm Beach County, FL 561-577-5355​ Contact Us