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 was awarded by the Venezuelan Government with the “Jose Felix Rivas Medal” for her outstanding artistic achivements.
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 and from 2006-2009 she danced for Ballet Florida under the artistic direction Marie Hale.
In 2001–2002–2003 she was nominated the best female dancer in South Florida by the Sun Post.
Ms. Gimenez has worked as a guest artist in different dance projects in Europe, China, and various countries in South America as well as the US.
In the past few years, Marife has given Master Classes around the Nation being invited by several ballet schools such as Gulfsore Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, School of Dulce Anaya, Cary Conservatory, and the UNCSA School of Dance where she teach each year for they Dance Summer Intensive.
Since the summer 2012 Ms. Gimenez became a member of the School of Ballet Arts faculty in West Palm Beach, and also works as a teacher and guest choreographer for other schools in South Florida. Ms Gimenez has choreographed many pieces for different summer intensive and schools workshop performances. (Handell Suites, Dream Scene from Don Quixote Act II, among others).