Victor Gili was born in Havana, Cuba. She began her dance studies in 1982 at the Provincial Ballet School of Havana and continued at the National Ballet School between 1987-1990 under the guidance of Alicia Alonso, Laura Alonso, Fernando Alonso, Josefina Méndez, Loipa Araújo, Joaquin Banegas, Aurora Bosch, Marta Bosch, Ramona de Saá, Orlando Salgado, Lázaro Carreño, Clara Carranco, Mirta Hermida, Pablo Moret, Rodolfo Castellanos, among other outstanding teachers. In 1990 he began his professional career with the National Ballet of Cuba under the technical and artistic direction of Alicia Alonso, a company with which he has performed in different countries in Latin America, Europe, the United States, Canada, Africa, Asia and Puerto Rico. as a guest dancer (1998-1999) under the direction of Lolita San Miguel and Maria Carrera. He has participated in the workshop of the young guard and international practical courses of the Cuban school of ballet (CUBALLET) held both in Cuba and abroad. He has participated in prestigious ballet festivals, inside and outside of Cuba. His great artistic record has allowed him to interpret a wide repertoire that includes leading roles and soloists from the great romantic-classical tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries such as: La Fille Mal Gardee (Colin and Mama Simone), Giselle (Albrecht and Hilarion) , Coppélia (Franz and Dr. Coppelius), Sleeping Beauty (Blue Bird and Prince Desiré), The Nutcracker (The Knight of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Herr Drosselmeyer), Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart), Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada, Father of Kitri, Sancho Panza and Gamache), Magic Flute. He has danced numerous pas de deux such as: Diana and Acteón, Paso de Tres, El Corsario, Festival of Flowers in Genzano, Nápoli, Paquita, El Reto and La Sylphide. In addition, she performed an extensive neoclassical and contemporary repertoire by national and international choreographers such as: Alberto Méndez, Alberto Alonso, Iván Tenorio, Gustavo Herrera, Iván Monreal, Héctor Figaredo, Hilda Rivero, María Rovira, among others. In 2003 he was awarded the "Distinction for National Culture" from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba and in 2007 with the "Alejo Carpentier Medal" from the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba. In 2010, he joined the Puerto Rico Concert Ballet company as Rehearsal Director and teacher at the Conservatory. He has also worked as a teacher and rehearser in other companies such as ANDANZA, CODA21, Mauro Ballet and Sarasota Cuban Ballet. In October 2019, Mr. Víctor Gilí returned to Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico to occupy the position of Artistic Director of the company.
International Star was considered “stunning with an exceptional attention to detail” by The New York Times. Ms. Feijóo joined Boston Ballet in 2003 from the Cincinnati Ballet. She studied at the The National Ballet School in Havana and became a principal dancer at the National Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of the famous Alicia Alonso. Ms. Feijóo has performed in several International Ballet Festivals in Havana and on worldwide tours, and has won critical acclaim in leading roles of many classical and contemporary ballets. She has received numerous awards, including a gold medal at both the Vignali-Danza Contest and the Positano Contest of Young Talents in Italy. She has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet of London, Rome Opera Ballet, La Scala de Milan, Zurich Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and has performed at worldwide festivals and ballet galas in Spoleto, Italy; Gala des Étoiles, Canada; Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle, Paris and Japan. Her repertoire includes all the classical ballets of the National Ballet of Cuba. In addition, she has performed Kudelka’s Cinderella, Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet, Fokine's Les Sylphides, Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias and Lambarena, Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and Up and Down, Martins’ Distant Light, Balanchine’s Serenade, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ballo de la Regina, Concerto Barocco, Emeralds, Jewels, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Sylvia Pas de deux, Divertimento No. 15, Fokine’s The Dying Swan, Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire Pas de deux and Raymonda, Act III, and Harald Lander's Etude, Clerc's La Bayadére, Alosa's Paquita, Child'sTen Part Suite, Gielgud's Giselle, Tharp's In the Upper Room and multiple versions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. In addition, repertoire choreographers named like Jiri Kylián ballets: Bella Figura, No More Play, Sechs Tanze; William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, and Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun. Ms. Feijóo has been invited to dance in the Benoit de la Dance (Bolshoi Theater) and participated in two famous American shows, the legendary Sesame Street and popular Dancing with Stars. Feijóo has a sister in San Francisco Ballet, Principal Dancer Lorena Feijóo and they are both Ambassadors of Milk Life (Somos Fuertes). Some of Ms. Feijóo dance partners are Jose Carreño, Carlos Acosta, Nelson Madrigal, Manuel Legris, Jose Martinez, Maximiliano Guerra, Carlos Molina, Yury Yanowsky and Damian Woetzel, just to name a few. Ms. Feijóo has two beautiful children, a girl and baby boy with husband Principal Dancer, Nelson Madrigal. Their children are the light of their lives.
Adolfo de la Toba
Adolfo De La Toba (Theacher, Dancer and Choreographer) Originally from La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico. He graduated from the MONTERREY SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE of the NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR FINE ARTS in Mexico. Was member of the companies BALLET DE MONTERREY (Monterrey, N.L.), CIA DE DANZA CLASSICA Y NEOCLASICA DE JALISCO (Guadalajara, Jal), FDR DANCE COMPANY (HOLLAND) and CALIFORNIA BALLET COMPANY (San Diego, CA. As Guest Dancer in their season of the 50th Anniversary). His choreographies have been selected for national and international competitions (Mexico, the United States and France), Gold medal winners, Best Choreography Winners and Selected for different national and international festivals. He has worked with renowned teachers and choreographers such as: Robert Hill (USA), Luís Serrano (Cuba), María Elena Martínez (Cuba), Rosario Murillo (Mexico), Angélica Kleen (Mexico), Fernando Domínguez (Netherlands), Edgar Zendejas ( Canada), Michelle Pogliani (Italy), Jared Nelson (USA), Galina Álvarez (Cuba), Ana Torquemada (Mexico), Nicte Ha Escobosa (Mexico), to name a few. As a Dancer he has interpreted principal roles from the traditional classical repertoire and neoclassical and contemporary choreographies by choreographers: Jimmy Gamonet, Jorge Amarante, Yanis Pikieris, Billy Chang, Septime Webre, Robert Hill, Rosario Murillo, Fernando Domínguez. Grade Certification: 8th. Grade, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 of the Royal Academy of Dance. Collaborator as a classical ballet teacher with the Lux Boreal Company (September-October 2017). As a Teacher, he has been invited to numerous congresses and summer courses nationally and internationally, giving master classes in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet. He was a guest teacher at the Contemporary Dance Workshop at the University of Guadalajara. (Mexico) He was a ballet teacher at the Center for Dance and Stage Production of Baja California (CDPEBC) of the Lux Boreal Company. Since 2021 he has assumed the position of artistic director of the company BALLETS DE SAN JUAN.
Ana Maria Castañon
She was born in Havana, Cuba, but it was in Puerto Rico where she began her Ballet studies at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Myrta Esteves. When she was a teenager she entered Ballets de San Juan, where she was a principal dancer for many years. She has interpreted almost all the roles of the classical repertoire, Puerto Rican choreographies and the great choreographer Balanchine. He has shared star roles with internationally renowned figures such as Iván Nagy in “Swan Side”, Fenando Bujones in “Coppelia”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “La Bayadere” and “La Sylphide” and Rudolph Nureyev in “Giselle”. and "Apollo". Ms. Castañón was also Principal Soloist with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Principal Dancer with Arizona Ballet, The Milwaukee Ballet and Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan. During her career she has danced as a guest artist in different companies in the United States, Latin America and NAPAC in South Africa. Her work as a choreographer includes the staging of classics such as Coppelia, Giselle and Cascanueces and original works including Tanguedia, Aire, Encuentros, Vivaldi, Fuego and Gottschalk Tropical. In addition, she has choreographed the operas Pescadores de Perla, Faust, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and The Bartered Bride.
Daryl Gray studied acting and music as a child and was also trained in a full dance curriculum at the Harkness, ABT and SAB schools in New York City. He was a protégé of Ballet Master David Howard and a soloist with the Brussels based Bejart Company and a principal guest artist with dance companies in Classical and contemporary roles in the US, UK and abroad. In addition, he made his professional debut as an actor at age 14 and went on to perform as a Broadway cast member in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and appeared in On Your Toes and in other shows, touring internationally. He began choreographing for the concert stage at a young age and has choreographed over 70 works on 5 continents for such companies as Joffrey, Bejart, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, Royal Ballet of Belgium, Northern Ballet Theater UK, Atlanta Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Ballet San Jose and Australia’s Queensland Ballet. His many musical stagings have been seen at such theaters as; The Koch Theater and Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, Coconut Grove Playhouse, California Musical Theatre, Playhouse 91 in Manhattan, Santa Fe Festival Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Louis Muny Opera, Chicago Civic Theater, the Palladium as well as on CBS and PBS television. In addition, Mr. Gray has directed and staged works for the New York G & S Players, “Carmen” at the New York City Opera, ice dancing, video, high fashion, a Disney extravaganza featuring the music of Alan Menken, industrial shows and televison, including A Celebration of the American Musical, which was televised “Live from Lincoln Center”. He was chosen for the prestigious Dancebreak, creating concert work at the Ailey Theater which lead to the creation of two original Off- Broadway musicals “Andy Warhol Was Right” and “All About Harry” (Best Choreography Award) for the New York Musical Theater Festival. His unique theatrical Australian QB ballet production “Pirates of Penzance!” was voted “Best of the Bay” (San Francisco) and was subsequently presented internationally in 26 cities by Columbia Artists. Gray recreated two new updated productions in Orlando and for Ballet San Jose. Recent credits: choreography and musical staging for The Merry Widow, The Tales of Hoffman and Jekyll & Hyde for the St. Petersburg Opera, Director/choreographer Kiss Me Kate at the Palladium theater. Pre-COVID: Pirates! the New Dance Musical directed and choreographed by Gray was slated for London’s West End 2020, produced by Tony Award winning producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W Batman. Upcoming: Handel’s Semele for The St. Petersburg Opera and Rudra Bejart. His many teaching credits include; ABT Intensive, The Metropolitan Opera, The United Nations, Harvard University, Washington University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Vassar, University of South Florida and numerous Dance organizations and schools. He is a member of The Council of the Dance (Paris), a Fulbright Fellow and a popular teacher worldwide. (Please scroll down for a list) Teaching Credits Include: Ballet and or Theater Dance and Choreography: ABT Summer Intensive Joffrey School in New York School of American Ballet Steps NYC Ballet Academy East Randolph College Of The Arts in Toronto Goh Academy in Vancouver Patel Conservatory of Tampa Broadway Dance NYC Studio Dancin’ of Japan Dance Educators Of America – 12 US cities coastto- coast/ 4 National Conventions Dance Masters Of America – 17 cities in the USA and Canada/ 2 National Conventions Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theater Project Harvard University Vassar University Washington University Webster University @ St. Louis Tampa University Princeton School of Dance University of South Florida University of Missouri @ St. Louis University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia University of Norway Nutmeg Conservatory of Dance Ballet San Jose Atlanta Ballet St. Louis Ballet Batsheva Dance Co. of Israel National Ballet of Colombia National Ballet of Norway National Ballet of Yugoslavia Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal Universal Ballet of Seoul, Korea Australia’ Queensland Ballet Jeunne Ballet de France Centre de Danse Classique, Cannes, France Chicago Dance Teachers Association Tampa Ballet Hartford Ballet Ballet Hawaii The Metropolitan Opera in New York The United Nations Numerous private schools and much more .
Lidice Nuñez was born in Havana, Cuba. She studied and graduated from the National School of Art and the Superior Institute of Art of Cuba with Honors and became a first dancer and principal choreographer at the Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba. She studied choreography in Paris under the auspices of the Brownstone Foundation and has the Ulpam Emshej Diploma Certification from the Hebrew University. She was a guest choreographer for the Mexico City Ballet Company, which was nominated for the Lunas Awards of the National Auditorium in 2017. She is also a member of the International Dance Council CID UNESCO. Ms. Lidice has performed and created for several International Dance and Ballet Festivals in Havana and on worldwide tours. Some of the most important international ballet and dance festivals include: > International Dance Festival - Sintra, Portugal > Dance Festival of Northwestfalia - Germany ➢ International Dance Festival - NRW, Germany > International Festival - Padua, Italy ➢ II Dance Bienal, LE FENICE - Venice, Italy > International Dance Season at the Harbourtfront Center - Toronto & Ottawa, Canada > Festival Les Meridiannes Toulouse, France ➢ International Dance Festival "Itálica" - Sevilla, Spain > Netherlands Dance Festival - The Hague, Holland International Dance, among others. Ms. Lidice was a professor at the Superior Institute of Art and at the National School of Dance in Cuba. She is a member of the National Council of Performing Arts and also a member of the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists. Recently, she was invited to teach at the Feijóo Ballet school . She has received numerous awards, including the high distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba: Distinction for National Culture, in addition to the First award for choreography and interpretation awarded by the Art Criticism. Her work as a choreographer is registered in the Book of Honor of the Great Theater of Havana, awarded by a jury that was chaired by the famous Alicia Alonso. Dancers such as,Matthew Rushing- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ; Miguel Altunaga-Rambert dance Company; Victor Alexander artistic director of the Ruth Page Center; Cervilio Amador-National Ballet of Cuba-Cincinnati Ballet ; Yacnoi Abreu-Ballet Preljocaj; Maray Gutiérrez- Hedwig dances ; Alexis Fernandez- La Macana; Alain Rivero- LaMov; Yaday Ponce- Carlos Acosta dance, and many others, have danced Ms. Lidice’s choreographies.