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Roberto Munoz

Program Co-Founder and Director

Mr. Munoz has been teaching and coaching young dancers for over 30 years, both in the USA and abroad. Mr. Munoz served as Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music Point Park College (now University) from 1983-1995. There, he created two successful programs for young aspiring dancers, The Pre-Professional Division and the International Summer Dance Program. During this time, he assembled an impressive faculty of world-renowned Master Teachers, including Laura Alonso, Barbara Sandonato, Karen Brown, Magda Aunon, Eva Evdokimova, Willy Burmann, Michael Uthoff, John McFall and Jose Molina.

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SSDI/VVDI co-founder Roberto Munoz with student


 

The faculty list includes current and previous guest faculty. A current list of faculty will be provided at the start of the program.

Krista King-Doherty

Krista King-Doherty

Krista King-Doherty is an internationally recognized and award winning teacher and choreographer. She received her training at Ballet la Jeunesse in Los Angeles, CA and with her mother, Kathie Fishback Anthony. Krista worked as a fashion model in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia for a decade prior to returning to her roots of dance. For […]

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Dena Abergel

Dena Abergel

Dena Abergel is the Children’s Ballet Master for New York City Ballet. She is also on the faculty of the School of American Ballet. Dena performed with New York City Ballet for 18 years before transitioning into her role as a teacher in 2009. Ms. Abergel performed featured and soloist roles in a number of […]

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Frances Perez-Ball

Frances Perez-Ball

Frances Perez-Ball trained at Julian E. Blanco School of Performing Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hartford Ballet School, Eglevsky Ballet, and Point Park College. Frances began her career with Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan . As a principal dancer with Ballet Municipal, she toured the United States and Latin America performing various roles […]

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Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck

Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. […]

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Chad Schiro

Chad Schiro

Chad Schiro’s performance credits include the recently released film The Producers, the Broadway musical Urban Cowboy, and the national tours of Saturday Night Fever and Victor/Victoria. He was also the winner of the Spotlight on Award for Best Supporting Actor in Alan Bowne’s Forty Deuce. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live and in many […]

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Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. […]

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Heather Watts

Heather Watts

Heather Watts joined New York City Ballet in 1970 and was a Principal Dancer until her retirement in a gala performance in 1995. Ms. Watts worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at NYCB, and was an acclaimed international star. She taught academic courses in 2006 and 2007 on Balanchine’s life and work at […]

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Patricia Wilde

Patricia Wilde

Patricia Wilde: gifted dancer, teacher, and administrator. It is rare to find this combination of gifts in one person, especially one who is also so gracious, caring, and generous. She is a charismatic presence both on and off the stage, in the studio and out of it. She has traveled through her phenomenal career as […]

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Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Since retiring in 2008 from a 20 year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, Damian Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership. He is the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival; the Director of Arts Programs for the Aspen Institute; the founding Director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s […]

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Roberto Munoz

Roberto Munoz

Program Co-Founder and Director, Gulfshore Ballet, Fort Myers, Florida Former Ballet Master and Principal Teacher, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Director, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Mr. Munoz has been teaching and coaching young dancers for over 30 years, both in the USA and abroad. Mr. Munoz served as Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music […]

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Ashley Bouder

Ashley Bouder

Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue […]

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Gil Boggs

Gil Boggs

Artistic Director, Colorado Ballet Gil Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York in 1982 and was promoted to Soloist dancer in 1984 and Principal dancer in 1991. Boggs was a member of the Company for 17 years. Boggs also performed with the Twyla Tharp […]

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Simon Ball

Simon Ball

Simon Ball studied with School of American Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Conservatory of Point Park College, and The School of Classical Ballet (American Ballet Theatre’s training program). Before becoming a professional, he also performed as a guest artist with many companies in the United States and abroad. Mr. Ball began his professional career in […]

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Willy Burmann

Willy Burmann

Mr. Burmann danced with New York City Ballet for 4 years, was Principal Dancer for Frankfurt Ballet and Grand Theatre du Gen’eve for whom he was also Ballet Master. He was a Principal at Stuttgart Ballet and danced for many other companies including Pennsylvania Ballet and New Jersey Ballet. He has also been Ballet Master […]

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Diane Partington

Diane Partington

Diane Partington was born in California. She began her training with the Princeton Regional Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Audree Estey. She received full scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School where she continued her studies. At age 16 she was invited to join the Joffrey II, […]

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Melinda Roy

Melinda Roy

Program Co-Founder and Special Guest Teacher, Gulfshore Ballet, Fort Myers Florida Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet Tony-Nominated Broadway Choreographer During her tenure as a Balanchine-trained Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, Ms. Roy performed for audiences all over the world. She danced leading roles in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome […]

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Iliana Lopez

Iliana Lopez

Mrs. Lopez’ career began at home in Venezuela and continued through the San Francisco Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet and as soloist with the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf, then in 1987 she became the Prima Ballerina with the Miami City Ballet where she remained for eighteen successful years. As […]

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Dana Arey

Dana Arey

Dana Arey has an extensive career as a dancer, ballet master and teacher, working in a variety of styles and disciplines. As a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, she performed works by Balanchine, Limon, Van Manen, Tudor, Taylor-Corbett, Butler, Harkarvy and many more, in addition to the full-length classics. She began her professional career with […]

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Stephen Hanna

Stephen Hanna

Stephen Hanna was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992. Mr. Hanna became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 1997, and later that year he joined the Company as a member of the corps de […]

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Natasha LaFayette

Natasha LaFayette

Natasha LaFayette discovered the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning as a dancer as a way to keep up with the strenuous demands that dance puts on the body. After practicing Pilates for the past 7 years it has become a way of life for Natasha, and she decided to continue her education by obtaining her […]

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Franklin Gamero

Franklin Gamero

The career of Franklin Gamero began at home in Venezuela and continued through the San Francisco Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet and as soloist with the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf. In 1987 he became Principal Dancers with the Miami City Ballet where he remained for eighteen successful years. As […]

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Mireille Leterrier

Mireille Leterrier

Mireille Leterrier is a graduate of the Paris Superior Conservatory. Principal Dancer with the Carla Fracci Company in Italy and Irène Lidova’s Ballet de Paris. She came to the US invited by Ruth Page and Frederic Franklin to join the Chicago Ballet. She danced as a principal dancer with the Milwaukee ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet […]

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Denise Limoli

Denise Limoli

Denise Warner Limoli, anAssociate Professor at Skidmore College specializes in Classical Ballet training, repertoire and history. She has showcased her dancers in performances with the Skidmore Orchestra at the Zankel Music Center. Prior to Skidmore, Ms. Warner Limoli performed internationally as a featured dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She was also a regularABT company teacher […]

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Robbie Fairchild

Robbie Fairchild

Robert Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began his dance training at Dance Concepts at the age of four with Rebecca Bateman and Kaelynne Oliphant. His formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Ballet West Conservatory with Sharee Lane. Other various teachers include: Laura King, Trey Barber, Brooke […]

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