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Dance Open America Outstanding Teacher's Award 2024

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Dance Open America Outstanding School Award 2022 & 2023

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YAGP Outstanding Teacher's Award
Taras Domitro's

Taras Domitro

Founder Artistic Director/Owner/Principal Ballet Instructor 

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Former Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Cuba and San Francisco Ballet. He trained at Alejo Carpentier School and the National Ballet School in Havana.

Mr. Domitro was nominated for best male dancer at the 2013 Benois de la Danse. He also won the 2008 Gold Medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, the Grand Prix at Peru's International Ballet Festival in 2003, and in 2000, 1st Prize and the Revelation Award at International Ballet Competition and Ballet Academies Festival in Havana, Cuba. At age 20, he became a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Cuba. He built an incredible career sharing the stage with renowned dancers such as Italian Prima Ballerina Carla Fracci. Later he continued acquiring an extensive and versatile repertoire at San Francisco Ballet. Domitro's major roles as a principal dancer include Albrecht in Tomasson's & Alonso's "Giselle," Snow King and Nutcracker Prince in Thomasson's "Nutcracker," Prince & Sugar Plum Cavalier in Alonso's "Nutcracker," Mercutio in Tomasson's "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo & Mercutio in Alonso's "Shakespeare & the Masks," Prince Siegfried in Tomasson's "Swan Lake," Basilio in Tomasson's/Possokhov's & Alonso's "Don Quixote," Franz in Balanchine's & Alonso's "Coppelia," Lensky in Cranko's "Onegin," Benjamin in Wheeldon's "Cinderella," Prince in Consuegra's "Cinderella," Solor in Makarova's "Kingdom of the Shades" from "La Bayadere," The Creature in Scarlett's "Frankenstein," Brown in Robbins' "Dances at a Gathering." In addition, he created the role of Giovanni and The Swimmer, respectively, in Possokhov's Francesca da Rimini and Swimmer.

His repertoire also includes Balanchine's "The Four temperaments," "Emeralds," "Rubies," "Scotch Symphony," "Symphony in C," and "Theme and Variations." The title role in Fokine's "Petrouchka," Lifar's "Suite en Blanc," Edward Liang's "Wunderland," McGregor's "Chroma,"Nureyev's "Raymonda" Act III, Ratmansky's "Russian Seasons" and "Shostakovich Trilogy" (Symphony #9), Robbin's Opus19 "The Dreamer," Tomasson's "7 for Eight", "Caprice," "Criss-Cross," "Prism," "On a Theme of Paganini," "Le Quattro Stagioni" and "Trio." He has also performed the Pas de Deux from Vaganova's "Diana & Acteon," the Pas de Deux from Vainonen's "Flames of Paris," "La Bayadere" Pas D'action and Zanella's "Alles Walzer" and "Underskin." Mr. Domitro also worked with Cuban choreographers Alberto Mendez, Ivan Tenorio, and Eduardo Blanco. As an international principal guest artist, Mr.Domitro has performed with several renowned companies at some of the most important stages worldwide. To mention a few, Balletto dell'Opera di Roma, Italy, Florida Classical Ballet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Dortmund and Hamburg Ballet, Germany, Orlando Ballet, Kremlin International Ballet Festival, Russia, The Gran Ballet Festival del Queretaro, Mexico, Panama International Ballet Festival, Roberto Bolle & Friends Galas, Elisa Carrillo & Amigos Galas, Taipei International Ballet Gala, Taiwan, Gala of Stars Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, International Ballet Season with National Ballet of China, Gala Internacional de Ballet Chile, Festival de Ballet Cordoba, Mexico, Collin County Ballet Theater, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, International Ballet Greenville, World Ballet Competition Gala of Stars, Gala de Danza, Mexico, Les Hivernales de la Danse, Belgium, YAGP Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow, Tampa and Ballet West, The Alicia Alonso Foundation Gala in Madrid, Spain.

Taras has a degree as Professional Ballet Dancer and Teacher from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. Based on the Cuban Ballet Method. In 2017, Taras left San Francisco Ballet to work as a Principal Guest Artist and teacher worldwide. He has worked with students from schools such as Master Ballet Academy, Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory, Golden State Ballet Academy, Feijoo Ballet School, Hathaway Academy of Ballet, Galmont Ballet, In House Expressions, Performance Edge 2, KL Dance Works (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), National Capital Ballet School (Canberra, Australia), Ballet Gonzalez (Recife, Brazil), International Ballet Intensive (Johannesburg, South Africa).  He has also taught several masterclasses for YAGP, Grand Prix Intensive, Ballet Arts Company's "Get Inspired" Series, and more.

Since the Summer of 2020, he has been a part of the Art of Classical Ballet Faculty, helping his mom, renowned Cuban ballet teacher Magaly Suarez built the Pre-Professional Program. For the past four years, he has been the private ballet coach of young prodigy Brady Farrar, a student of The Art of Classical Ballet and Stars Dance Studio (2021 YAGP Grand Prix Award). 

Adiarys Almeida's

Adiarys Almeida

Founder Assistant Director/ Manager /Principal Ballet Instructor

Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba. Former Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet Principal Dancer and First Soloist with Boston Ballet. Her professional training includes The Vocational Arts School “Alfonso Perez Isaac” in Matanzas, Cuba and The National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. After graduating in 2001, she joined the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso, where she danced from 2001-2003.

Ms. Almeida participated in The International Ballet Competition in Havana, Cuba, where she received the Silver Medal in 1997 and 1998 and the Gold Medal in 1999 and 2000. In 1999 she had the honor to participate at the International Ballet Competition in Nagoya, Japan, and the Gala of Ballet Muses in Tokyo as a Cuban ballet prodigy Rolando Sarabia partner. She was also the first Cuban female dancer to be a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.

Almeida’s major principal roles include Giselle in Devon Carney, Magaly Suarez, and Robert Hill’s “Giselle,” Juliet in Victoria Morgan’s “Romeo & Juliet,” Nikiya in “La Bayadere,” Kitri in Kevin Mckenzie and Vladimir Vasiliev’s “Don Quixote,” Medora in “Le Corsaire,” Aurora in Frederick Ashton, Marcelo Angelini, Paul Chalmer and Kirk Peterson’s “Sleeping Beauty,” Odette-Odile in Angel Corella, Victoria Morgan, Magaly Suarez and Robert Hill’s “Swan Lake,” Clara in Alicia Alonso’s “Nutcracker,” Marie in Val Caniparoli’s

“Nutcracker,” Carmen in Kirk Peterson’s “Carmen,” Lisa in Jose Pares “La Fille Mal Gardee,” Gamzatti in Natalia Makarova’s “La Bayadere,” Swanilda in Jose Pares and Balanchine/Danilova’s “Coppelia,” Cinderella in “Cinderella,” Mazurka in Florence Clerc’s “Les Sylphides,” Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in Mikko Nissinen’s and Victoria Morgan’s “Nutcracker,” Amour and Maid of Honor in Nureyev’s “Don Quixote,” Lady Guinevere in Victoria Morgan’s King Arthur’s “Camelot.”

Her repertoire also includes Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky pas de deux,” Liberty Bell in “Stars & Stripes,” “El Ballo de la Regina,” Who Cares?, “Concerto Barroco,” “Symphony in C” 1st Movement Principal, Russian Principal in “Serenade,” Edward Liang’s “Wunderland,” Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” and “Baker’s Dozen,” Principal in Arthur Saint-Leon “La Vivandiere,” Pink Pas de Deux in Clark Tippet’s “Bruch Violin Concerto”, Anne Boleyn in Christopher Wheeldon’s “VIII,” Harald Lander’s “Etudes,” 2nd Principal Couple in Wheeldon’s “DGV,” Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma,” Jiri Kylian’s “Symphony of Psalms,” Lead in Stanton Welch’s “Clear” and “Fingerprints,” Jerome Robbins “Fancy Free,” Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia,” Lead in Jorma Elo’s “Awake Only” and many other works by essential choreographers like John Cranko, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jamal Story, Angel Corella, Val Caniparoli, Ivan Tenorio, Alberto Mendez, Eduardo Blanco, Viktor Kabaniaev, George Birkadze, Russell Ducker, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Andrea Schermoly, Trey McIntyre, and others.

As an international principal guest artist, Ms. Almeida has performed with several renowned companies at some of the most important stages worldwide. To mention a few, Balleto dell’Opera di Roma in Italy, Ballet Dortmund in Germany, NBA Ballet in Japan, Slovene National Opera and Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence, Ballet Met, Tulsa Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Florida Classical Ballet, Ballet Mississippi, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Ballet Sibiu in Rumania, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, International Ballet Greenville, Collin County Ballet Theater, Open Dance Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Miami International Ballet Festival, Baltic Ballet Festival in Latvia, Nureyev Festival in Kazan, Russia, Kremlin International Ballet Festival in Moscow, Russia, Panama International Ballet Festival, Stars of the 21st Century Gala in Bucarest, The USA IBC, YAGP and WBC Galas, Roberto Bolle & Friends Galas, Taipei International Ballet Gala in Taiwan,

Gala of Stars Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, Ballet Stars Gala in Jakarta, Indonesia, International Ballet Season with National Ballet of China, Gala Internacional de Ballet Chile, Festival de Ballet Cordoba, Mexico, Gala de Danza, Mexico, Les Hivernales de la Danse in Belgium, etc.

Adiarys has a professional Ballet Dancer and Teacher from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. Based on the Cuban Ballet Method. She began teaching when she was 20 years old and did not know a word of English. While dancing for Cincinnati Ballet, she taught part-time at Ballet Tech Ohio, directed by Claudia Rudolf. "I feel starting to teach at a very young age made me a much better dancer. I got to understand ballet, and it made me realize how many things I was doing wrong." 

Ms. Almeida's teaching experience includes The Art of Classical Ballet, Master Ballet Academy, Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory, Golden State Ballet Academy, Feijoo Ballet School, Hathaway Academy of Ballet, United Ballet Theater, School of Ballet Arts, Galmont Ballet, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Ballet Northwest, Atlanta Youth Ballet, Orlando Ballet School, Marat Daukayev Ballet School, Gulf Coast Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet School, International Ballet Greenville, Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, In House Expressions, Performance Edge 2, Xplosive Dance Academy, Conservatorio Annarella in Portugal, Cancun International Ballet Festival, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, KL Dance Works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, National Capital Ballet School in Canberra, Australia, Ballet Gonzalez in Recife, Brazil, Victoria's Ballet School in Bogota, Colombia, International Ballet Intensive in Johannesburg and South Africa International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, and have taught several master classes for YAGP, ADCIBC, Grand Prix Intensive, Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico City Ballet, Ballet Arts Company's "Get Inspired" Series and more. She has also being a judge for YAGP, World Ballet Competition, and Dance World Cup Portugal. 

Walter Gutierrez

Walter Gutierrez

Progressing Ballet technique &
Modern Technique Instructor 

HBA Faculty Member Walter Gutierrez will be joining our Summer Intensive Professional Faculty  @dancing_walter Ballet Teacher, PBT certified instructor and Guest Artist. 
Former Dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Festival Ballet of Providence, Nevada Ballet Theater, Silicon Valley San Jose Ballet & Florida Classical Ballet.


Valerio Figueroa

Teacher &
Physical Trainer

Valerio has been involved in gymnastics since he was 7 years old. He received his Physical Education Teaching Degree in 1990 and his Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 1997. In 1991 he started with the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba teaching Physical Conditioning. From 1991 through 2003 he worked with well-known dance companies in Cuba and in Mazatlán, Mexico. Valerio came to the United States in early 2003 and has been teaching Physical Conditioning to the advanced students at Just Dance it! since his arrival in Miami. 


Lydice Figueroa García

Professional Dance & Teacher 

Bachelor of Art Danzario (Cuban School of Ballet) Profile: Classic Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Character dance and classic duo.

Bachelor of Art by Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (ISA)

Graduate of folkloric dance and popular Cuban dance.

PBT certificate, Stretch Potential and International dance member (CID)

Jury in admission exams and evaluations, national and international.

Teacher, choreographer and dancer in Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary, Japan, currently Mexico.

Her choreographies have been presented in the YAGP semifinals in Dallas, International AcademyContest (Cuba), Cordoba, La Superior ESMDM, Intrigue Dance Convention, Revolt.


Graduate of Escuela Nacional de Ballet Nivel Elemental Alejo Carpentier .

Graduate of Escuela de Nacional de Ballet Nivel Medio

Fernando Alonso, specialty in Classic Ballet, Ballroom dance, character dance and classic duo

Graduate of Escuela de Espectáculo of Tropicana: Specialty Folkloric dance & traditional Cuban dance.

Professional development, at Instituto Superior de Arte as Bachelor of Art Danzario, Her tesis work laid foundations to prove the importance of classic dance in the world of musical entertainment. She has participated in several courses and events, allowing her to increase her professional performance inside and outside the country (Classic dance, Folkloric Dance, Contemporary dance)

  • Classic Dance at College extension of Instituto Superior de Arte.

  • International practical course of Cuban Modern dance, Specialty Modern Dance

  • Body Expression workshop at Escuela Nacional de Animación Artística.

Speaker of her thesis work at Quinto Encuentro de Investigaciones Aplicadas a la Enseñanza Artística .Participant at Folkcuba, national and international in La Habana .Participant at CUBADANZA, International Practical course Cuban Modern Dance, as well as the Balletacademies International meeting at Escuela Nacional De Ballet Fernando Alonso, Cuba, showingchoreographic works in the international contest as a part of the event. Participant at Folkcuba, national and international in La Habana. Participant at Cubadanza, International practical course of Cuban Modern dance. Her choreographies for Escuela Nacional De Ballet Fernando Alonso are part of the repertoire of the schooland have been performed in National and International Contests, being awarded with gold and silver in differentcategories as Grand Prix choreographic contest, and Grand Prix Schools of Art contest. She has participated in National and International Ballet academies Meetings as teacher and contest jury.


Daynelis Munoz

Professional Dancer & Teacher 

Born in Cuba where she studied for 8 years Classical Ballet. She graduated in 2005 as a Professional Classical Dancer and Ballet Instructor and has been part of Professional Companies like Cuban National Ballet, Mexico Ballet and Tulsa Ballet.Daynelis danced on stages in Spain, France, Colombia, Mexico amongst others. Gracing international stages as a Principal Dancer in roles such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Infra, Serenade, Bayadera. Dancing pieces from internationally renowned choreographers in the world of art such as John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Marcello Angelini, George Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, Ma Cong, Alicia Alonso. Daynelis has participated in different International Ballet Competitions in Cuba, Mexico, winning Gold Medals, including Youth America Grand Prix. Also judging professional dance competitions internationally. Shes is currently a Guest Artist and Ballet Instructor. Daynelis has been invited to several Galas, Master classes and Ballet Productions in Chicago, Florida, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, Ohio and Florida.


Tangin Fong Matos

Professional Dancer &

Tangin Fong Matos is part of the third generation of Chinese immigrants in Cuba, and is a lover of movement on stage. He has long created art in his country with a contemporary perspective, open to exchange, taking all functional subjects to his work. His way of making art embraces various legacies – Cuban contemporary and modern dance, Cuban folklore, acting, singing, and music composition. All of which are connected to the present show and performance business of the XXI Century.

Fong feels the stage in his own human and cultural dimension. His inexhaustible creative potential makes him go back over and over to the artistic facts he performs. He is used to creating live music in his performances, giving a different sense to the scene and the show. He also explores the vocal sonority and acting that comes from the actors, musicians, and dancers on stage.

Fong studied dance at the school of Art in Santiago de Cuba, and graduated in 1992 from the National Arts School of Contemporary and Folklore Dance in Havana. He joined the national contemporary dance company as a main soloist dancer and choreographer. From there he founded Corpus, Spiritu, Alma Dance Company where he taught, choreographed, and trained in his own peculiar style which involves contemporary dance and martial arts.  Fong also participated as a jury in many local and international dance festivals in Cuba and abroad. In 2002, he began the Video Dance Project in Cuba, which because of its openness to public participation, gained incredible popularity in the country.  He has performed solo work and taught in countries such as Japan, Canada, France, US, Venezuela, Jamaica and other countries.


Martha Ortega

Professional Dancer &

She began her ballet studies at the Elementary Ballet School "Alejo Carpentier" and later at the National Ballet School (today

"Fernando Alonso") and in 2005 she made a change of profile towards the specialty of Modern, Contemporary and

Folk Dance, graduating in 2008 with the Golden Title of his promotion.

That same year she became part of the company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, directed by maestro Miguel Iglesias, where he remained for 8 years. In it she reaches the rank of Principal Dancer and Maitre.

As part of the group she worked with renowned choreographers of the world scene, premiering much of the active repertoire that the company still maintains: Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, lan Linkens, Juan Kruz, Itzik Galili, Julio César Iglesias, George Céspedes, Pedro Ruiz, Carlos Acosta, Annabelle López Ochoa, Billy Cowie and Ángels Margarit, among others.

Graduated from the University of the Arts of Cuba (ISA) , in the specialty of Contemporary Dance. Gold Title, 2015.

She was part of the founding group of the ACOSTA DANZA company (2015), directed by the prestigious dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta and with that company she performed on remarkable world stages performing works such as: Imponderable and Alrededor no hay Nada, by Goyo Montero, Carmen and Don Quixote, in the versions of Carlos Acosta, Twelve, by Jorge Crecis, Portal, by Juanjo Arqués, Derrumbe, by Miguel Altunaga, Paysage, soudain, la nuit, by Pontus Lidberg, Rooster, by Christopher Bruce, Soledad, by Rafael Bonachela, Mundo Interpretado by Julianno Nunez and Mermaid, by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a duet created especially for her and Carlos Acosta.

In 2022 she co-starred with dancer Brian González the musical produced in Cuba under the direction of Ivan Belaustegui

"ALMA, The Musical." Together with Brian Gonzalez she is currently developing a training in Cuba to prepare students who study specialized dance careers, a project that combines classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques (floorwork) with the aim of forming a more complete and versatile dancer, bringing their personal and professional experiences, as artists who have assumed in their careers, roles that have demanded to master several dance techniques in themselves.


Rosalia De La Torre 

Professional Dancer & Teacher 

Rosalia has trained at the Vocational School of Art “Jose Maria Heredia” Santiago de Cuba and at the Academy of Art “Vicentina de la Torre” Camagüey Cuba graduating as a dancer with teacher specialty for ballet. She has trained with prestigious teachers such as Fernando Alonso, Lázaro Carreño, Gonzalo Galguera, Iván Tenorio, Lila

Martínez, Manelin Rodríguez, José A Chávez, Rafael Saladrigas, Regina Balaguer, Elvia Caballero y Ramón González.


Rosalia dance with the Ballet De Camaguey Cuba as a principal dancer. She was also a principal dancer at the National Ballet of Ecuador. She taught at the Jete Dance Academy California USA and currently also teaches at the Stars Dance Studio in Boca Raton. 


Rosalia has been invited to dance with the company BC to Spain, Giselle, to Ecuador Ballet, Dance in France with the company. BC, to the XXIII Edition Festival International of Ballet De La Habana Cuba and to First Edition of Grand Prix Vladimir Malakhov Concurso de Danza Del Atlántico 

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