GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE PRO DANCE CENTER OF CUBA. GRAND MAITRE DE BALLET. PROFESSOR OF THE SUPERIOR INSTITUTE OF ART OF CUBA. PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE ASSOCIATION FOR THE AMERICAS, (AIDA). She started her training since a very young age: Academia Pro Arte Musical (1941). Ballet Academy "Alicia Alonso" (1948). American Ballet Theater School (1954). New York Metropolitan Opera House (1957). Monte Carlo Russian Ballet (1955). Bolshoi Ballet (1966-68). National Ballet of Cuba (1969-87).
Alonso professional experience includes all the repertoire of the National Ballet of Cuba and as the first soloist she has a part in: Havana 1830, A concert in black and white, The Nutcracker, Spring waters, The night of Walpurgis, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Carmen, Giselle, The Sylphs, Plasmasis, Our America, Grand pas de Quatre, among others. She also appears in the films: Giselle and An Altarpiece for Romeo and Juliet and in the TV Shows: Alicia Alonso and the Ballet in Cuba, USA (1971) and Grand Pas de Quatre and Carmen, Hungary (1972).
Alonso tours around the world include: Venezuela, United States, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, China, Hungary, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Japan, Denmark, among others.
As a teacher she plays an important rol in: Ballet Academy "Alicia Alonso" (1955). National Ballet School (1962). Psychoballet (1972). Cuban Institute of Radio and Ballet of Television (1976). Musical Theater of Havana (1978). Ballet of the Theater “Karl Marx”. Ballet of the National Tourism Institute (1984). She also has taught master classes at the Higher Institute of Arts in Cuba, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, USA, Iceland and Mexico. As a maitre Alonso works with: Ballet Nacional de Cuba (1974-87) / Cuballet (1982, to date), Compañía de Danza Moderna de México (1985), Tchaikovski Memorial Tokio Ballet, Japan (1976-84), San Diego Ballet, USA (1984), Finish National Ballet, Finland (1985-90), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1986-88) / Canadian National School and Ballet (1986) / Banff Art Center, Canada (1980-86) / Australian Ballet (1987- 88) / Philippine Ballet (1987-90) / Calgary City Ballet (1988) / The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1988-90) / Cuballets in: Argentina (1991-92), Mexico (1991-94), Brazil (1992- 2016) / Summer courses in Pitssburg, USA (1992-95), Jury of the Jackson International Ballet Competition, Mississippi, USA (1994) / Guest Professor at the Boca Raton Conservatory, Florida, USA, (1994).
Her work as a coreographer and regisseur includes: Pulpería / Exorcism / Guillermo Tell / La Bayadera / Don Quixote / Coppelia / La fille Mal Gardée / Cassandra / Los Tres Mosqueteros (Cuba) / Grand Pas de Quatre (China) / Lago de Cisnes, pas de deux, II Act, Pas de Trois, I Act, (Banff University, Canada) / Guillermo Tell (Alberta Ballet, Canada); Grand pas de quatre (National Ballet of Canada; Giselle (Ballet of San Diego, USA) / Bayadere / Petroushka / La Fille Mal Gardee / Napoli / La Sílfide.
As a Director she leads: Psychoballet / Cuballets / "The Young Guard" / Department of Specialized Teaching of the National Ballet of Cuba / Pro Dance Center of Cuba and "Concert Ballet of Havana". Her rol as an investigator includes: Ballet as a Therapeutic Factor (1979). Psychoballet (1979). Psychoballet as therapy for children (1979). The psychoballet, a Cuban experience (1976). The children and the psychoballet (1981). Psychoballet, Cuban technique for psychotherapy in children (1980).
During her extensive professional career Alonso has received many merits and distinctions: Medal for contribution to culture, Bratislava, 1960. First Class Work Order, Viet Nam, 1964. Order of the Mongolian People, 1965. Silver Medal, Cultural Olympiad of Mexico, 1968. Member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). Distinction XV anniversary of the National Council of Arts and Shows of Cuba, 1975. Order 15 years of work of the National Union of Arts and Entertainment, 1975. Friendship Medal, Viet Nam, 1977. Order "Serving Puerto Rico", 1978. Recognition medal in "The Second World Ballet Festival", Tokyo Ballet Company, 1979. Adoptive daughter and delivery of the Key to the City of Camaguey, 1979. Medal for the Alleglance to Classical Ballet Style, Moscow, awarded by the Union of Choreographic Workers “Soywztheatre” ”, 1980. Alla Scala Theater Medal in Giappore, Italy, 1981. Recognition medal awarded by Japan Performing Arts Foundation, 1982. Medal "Raúl Gómez García", from the Ministry of Culture, 1984. Order for National Culture, 1985. Order XXV Anniversary of the foundation of the National School of Art, 1982. Prize for the best maitre d '(specially conceived for Laura Alonso) at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, Misissippi, USA, 1990. CDR 30th Anniversary Medal, 1990. Order of Cultural Collaboration of the City (Shield of the City of Villa Clara). Collaborating citizen title of the Mar Chiquita Party - Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1986. Distinction for Cultural Collaboration with the City of Santa Clara. XXX Anniversary Commemorative Medal of the Higher Pedagogical Institute "Enrique José Varona", 1996. Certification of participation in the 4th. Latin American Dance Encounter and Competition, Córdova, Argentina in 2001. Tropical Gypsy Prize awarded on October 20, 2009. Ms. Laura Alonso. Artistic Director Grand Theater´s Art Shool de Guansu. Artistic Advisor - Guangzhou Opera House. Appointed the honorary adviser of Gansu Grand Theater´s Art Commission. Honor of Merit, delivered in the Republic of Mexico for its outstanding cultural career- (2018). Award given by the International Dance Competition. Barcelona, year 2019. Prize by the Fundación del Psicoballet, year 2019.
To date Ms. Alonso has been a member of the faculty of the organizing committee of the Jackson contest, Mistress of the Monterrey Ballet, teacher of the Finnish Opera and the Finnish National School, teacher at Ohio University and the University of Dayton. She has also been director of the Cuballets made in Brazil for 12 years and in Cuba for 33 uninterrupted years, of the stagings of the recently released Yarini and Le Chevalier de Saint George ballets.
In the months of December 2014 to February 28, 2015, the company led by the teacher Laura Alonso made a successful tour of 20 cities, with 32 presentations, in the People's Republic of China.
In the Magazine edited by Unesco, Master Laura Alonso was selected to represent women in Cuba for her outstanding work in the world of culture, especially in dance (classical ballet).
Since the year 2015, Ms. Alonso _ already for five consecutive years_ , together with her former dancer Deborah Marquez, establish the Cuballet USA .Summer Program with the Ballet Arts Dance Comapny in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA .
Reynaldo Muniz has diploma in arts; ISA Universidad de las Artes (The University of Arts of Cuba). He was a ballet dancer of the Cuban National Ballet and was also co- founder, with Laura Alonso, of PRODANZA (Centre of Promotion of Dance of Cuba). Muniz is currently theowner and director of the Ballet School “Balllet Reinaldo Jose”, in Brasília, D
ISA Universidad de las Artes – (The University of Arts of Cuba) Diploma in Arts
Field of study: Classical ballet
(1987–1993) Havana, Cuba
Thesis grade (1991–1992): “Fundamentación teórica e metodológica de un nuevoenfoque de la metodología de la enseñanza del ballet en el nivel superior (Theoretical and methodological foundations of a new approach of the ballet teaching method at a superior level)".
Other researches (1990): “1o Simposio sobre la danza en México – La danza y su integración latino-americana (1o Symposium about dance in Mexico - The dance and its Latin American integration)".
National School of Art, Cubanacán Classical Ballet
Work Experience Coryphaeus
Cuban National Ballet
(1968 – 1984) Havana, Cuba
In 1975 he was promoted to the artistry category ballet dancer Coryphaeus, assuming important roles in various ballets from the repertoire of the company.
Between 1968 and 1984, he participated in all the ballets of classical repertoire and neoclassical mounted by Cubans and foreign choreographers. He also participated in all the tours, national and international, with the company.
International artistic tours with the Cuban National Ballet: France, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Monaco, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Unite States of America, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela and Argentina.
BALLET MASTER AND DIRECTOR OF THE BALLET SCHOOL
PRODANZA (Centre of Promotion of the Dance) (1985–1998) Havana, Cuba
Founder of PRODANZA with Laura Alonso its current director. Together they got involve in the realization of a special artistic training for the young graduates of ballet schools.
Between 1984 and 1998 he was directing the professional ballet school of PRODANZA using a new teaching method based on his thesis grade mention above. He also worked organizing the International Ballet Competition Alicia Alonso and in several Cuban Ballet workshops within the country and in other countries like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.
He participated in the choreographic workshops of 1987 and 1988. One of his works, theballet “Troca (Exchange)”, was awarded in the dance festival Ballet Bento Gonçalves inBrazil.
He was artistic director of the tours with “La Joven Guardia” of PRODANZA to Nicaragua, Peru and Argentina. “La Joven Guardia” was a group of young guys recently graduatedfrom the National School of Ballet which later became part of the Cuban National Ballet. Among them stood out Jose Manuel Carreño (danced as principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), Julio Arozarena (was Ballet Master of Béjart Ballet) and Lorna Feijóo (one of the greatest dancer of her time).
Between 1984 and 1985 Muñiz served as executive director of the magazine PRODANZA BALLET INSTRUCTOR.
Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba – ISA (The University of Arts of Cuba) (1998) Havana, Cuba
In 1998 he worked as instructor of Pas de Deux of the professorship of the University of Arts of Cuba.
BALLET MASTER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Balé da Ilha
(1999–2003) Vitoria ES, Brazil
He was Artistic Director of the Balé da Ilha, a ballet company that counted with young dancers from Cuba and Brazil. He mounted various fragments of the international classical repertoire and made choreographies like “Pensando em Voz Alta (Thinking aloud)”.
DIRECTOR AND BALLET MASTER
Balé de Vitoria (inactive nowadays) (2004) Vitoria ES, Brazil
He founded the Balé de Vitoria to answer the needs of the city, giving it a ballet company of high rank in the conditions to carry to the stages ballets of the international repertoire, neoclassicals and the works of Brazilians choreographers as well.
DANCE COORDINATOR AND BALLET TEACHER
(2007) Corumbá MS, Brazil
In 2007 he assumed the position of Dace Coordinator of the Moinho Cultural, a project sponsored by Vale do Rio Doce, where more than 200 students with talent for dance and music were selected to receive professional formation.
CURSO INTENSIVO DE DANÇA (INTENSIVE DANCE WORKSHOP) Corpo Escola de Dança
(2015 till date) Belo Horizonte MG, Brazil
Since 2015 Reynaldo Muniz and Danielle Pavam have been conducting an intensive dance workshop at the beginning of every year. Their objectives are to teach the technical and theoretical principles of the Cuban Ballet School, as well as to promote interchange of ideas and experiences between students and dance teacher.
More about this workshop here:
BALLET REINALDO JOSÉ
(2019 till date) Brasília, DF
In 2019, his son, Reinaldo José, pass his ballet school to his father, Reynaldo Muñiz.
Muñiz has permanently worked in Brazil where has done several mounting of the international ballet repertory and also of his own choreographies in Dance Festivals and Ballet Academies within the country, due to its vast experience.
AWARDS & HONORS
(1987) Medal 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Cuban National Ballet School
(1987) Distinguished guest of the city of Vigo, Spain
Distinguished guest of the city of Chiclayo, Peru
Distinguished guest of the city of Mexico, Mexico (with the Cuban National ballet)
(1994) 1st prize with “Troca (Exchange)”, one of his choreographies, at the Dance FestivalBento Gonçalves
Dancer Argentine, born in 1967, and belonging to a family of musicians. He began his dance studies at age 10 under the tutelage of Wasil Tupine, and expanded his training at the school of the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, where joined in 1979 and made his entire career. He made his debut with the Ballet Argentino of la Plata. He was a dancer of the Teresa Carreño Foundation of Caracas, and in 1985 became part of the Ballet of the Teatro Colón. In 1987, he began his international career as a guest dancer of the Ballet of Los Angeles, and a year later joined the English National Ballet Dancer as a star. Since 1991 has been guest principal dancer in various companies, including the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, of the Kirov Ballet, the Ballet of Novosibirsk, the Stanislavsky Ballet, the Scala Theatre, the Ballet of the Opera of Rome, the Universal Ballet and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He won the gold medal in the category Senior of the XIII contest international of Ballet de Varna (1988)
Laura’s dance training took place at Scuola Cantorum, San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Rafael Martínez de la Rosa, Carlos Iván Santos and Sol Maisonet. At age 11, she joined the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico; joining the company’s corps of ballet four years later, after representing Puerto Rico at the V International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She has been promoted to principal dancer in 2004. Among her teachers were Carlota Carrera, María Carrera, Lolita San Miguel, José Parés, Vladimir Issaev and Lourdes Gómez. Since January 2005 through May 2016, she was the principal dancer of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico. She is being the prima ballerina of the Island since 2006, under the training of her ballet mistress María Carrera, and ballet master Joaquín Banegas, Miguel Campanería and Lourdes Ortega.
Her repertoire includes the leading roles of Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Carmen, Coppélia, Sylvia, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Grand Pas de Quatre; Dying Swan, Majísimo; pas de deux such as Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Talisman, Spring Waters, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Flower Festival; and neoclassical and contemporary works like Piazzolla en Concierto of Julio López; Alberto Mendez’s Muñecos, Intermezzi per L'amore, Paso a Tres and Phantom of the Opera, George Balanchine's Serenade, In the Night by Jerome Robbins, Carmina Burana by Septime Webre, Ana Sánchez-Colberg’s Ojos que no ven and Entre Huella y Pisada, Rodney Rivera’s Techo de Cristal, ¿Dónde Están? and El Regreso, María Julia Landa’s Entre Cuerdas Rotas, and Sonata by Carlos Iván Santos.
She has been guest artist and guest teacher in companies of the United States and Latin America, as well as Festivals such as: three editions of the Miami International Dance Festival, the Festival Puerta de Oro in Colombia, the International Dance Festival in Panama, and the 24 and 25 edition of the Festival Internacional de Ballet Alicia Alonso en la Habana, Cuba. She is one of the choreographers of the new versions of ballets in Puerto Rico, among other pieces. She trained and choreographed for the Puerto Rican delegation that represented the Island in the semifinal and final of the YAGP 2013 competition, and for YAGP 2014, Miami International Ballet Competition 2020 y 2021, y Puerto Rico Classical Ballet Competition 2020 y 2021; Dance Open America 2020 y 2021; YAGP 2021. She led Christian dance groups, and has also been a commercial dancer in television specials, films, shows and events. She holds a bachelor degree in Public Relations.
Since 2017, Laura is the director and founder, with her husband the former principal dancer Osmay Molina, of Centro Danza, a dance training and education center specialized in ballet.
1985 -1992 studied at the Cuban National School of Arts (ENA)
1992 obtained the Oficial Diploma Dancer & Teacher in Modern, Contemporary and Popular Cuban Dance by the Cuban National School of Arts.
1992 - 1998 Cuban Contemporary Dance Company (1992-96) and ‘Narciso Medina’ Company (1997-98) participating as coprs de ballet and first soloist in both companies.
1997 member of the National Council of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the PM Records Foundation of singer-songwriter Pablo Milanes.
1998 began working in Europe as independent coreographer and dancer: DanzaArhus Festival (Denmark) and ‘Peter Schaufuss Ballett’ (Denmark).
2000 Choreographic Center ‘Cloude Brumachon’ (France) .
2002 ‘Roberto Zappalà‘ Company in Catania (Italy).
2003 Musical ‘Lady Day’ with American singer Ammi Stewart.
2009 - 2015 dancer at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy) in nummerous operas: ‘Alcina’ (by ROBER CARSEN), ‘Tannhauser’ (by FURA DELS BAUS), ‘Simon Boccanegra’ with Placido Domingo (by FEDERICO TIEZZI), ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ (by MARY ZIMMERMAN), ‘Nabucco’ (by DANIELE ABBADO) and ‘Co 2’ (by ROBER CARSEN).
2016 Tour with La Scala Theater with Opera ‘Simon Boccanegra’ at Bolshoi Teather in Moscow (Russia). 2017 Opera ‘Hansel und Gretel’ at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy).
2018 Revival Opera ‘Simon Boccanera’ and Opera ‘Fidelio’ at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy). 2018 Opera ‘Ernani’ at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy).
2019 Opera ‘The Egyptian Helen’ at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy).
2019 Internship CUBADANCE EXCELLENCE in Ragusa (Italy).
2020 Teacher & Coreographer at Contemporary Dance Academy ‘OrmasLab’ at Milan (Italy). 2020 Internship CUBADANCE EXCELLENCE in Benevento (Italy).
2020 Opera ‘Tannhauser’ with FURA DELS BAUS at La Scala Theater in Milan (Italy).
2020 Premiere of the coreograhpy by Candido Contreras ‘The Black Queen of the Moon’ with Catherine Zuaznabar (former soloist of Maurice Bejart) in collaboration with Contemporary Dance Academy ‘OrmasLab’ at Castello Sforzesco in Milan (Italy).
Antonio Desiderio was born in Rome. He studied piano and started working very young as accompanying pianist at major professional dance centres, perfecting then obtains certificates on Academic Techniques at the Academy National Dance of Rome, Music in Relation to Dance and History and Styles of Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance. Simultaneously with the piano activity, he enrolls at the Tor Vergata University of Rome where he graduated in Law with a thesis experimental on the public aspects of the reform of opera companies, then obtaining a Master in artistic-musical management at the CEIDA in Rome with full marks and the Trinity College London certification in English and Business English. Since 2004 it carries out the activity of international artistic representation for the dance and opera sector opera, coordinator, and organizer of dance gala and singing masterclasses.
Marlen Puello ( Havana, Cuba )
International Choreograph and Dance Teacher
Member of the International Council CID UNESCO
Elementary School of Ballet in Havana, currently the Cuban National Ballet School “Alicia Alonso”
Higher Institute of Art in Havana. Specialization: Bachelor of Arts Dances. University of Havana, Cuba.
Founder of the Cuba Ballet Rosario Institute in the city of Rosario - Argentina (1996 to date). Multidisciplinary dance concept with different languages: "Integral Dancers".
Stagings: "Carmen " - "Aquel Amor Brujo " - "La casa de Bernarda Alba " - "Fenomena Frida" with Maximiliano Guerra (Argentina ) and co production with Ballet del Mercosur Company.
Ballet Arts Dance Company is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization, and is sponsored in part by
The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County, and thoughtful and generous donors.