EVERY YEAR THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF BBP INVITES DIRECTORS OF BALLET AND DANCE COMPANIES AND DIRECTORS OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTIONS TO GIVE BBP DANCERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND THEIR ARTISTIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN THE VARIOUS TECHNIQUES AND STYLES OF CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE.
THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTORS OF BALLET AND DANCE COMPANY IS A WAY TO GIVE MORE VISIBILITY AND JOB OPPORTUNITY TO OUR DANCERS.
RAMONA DE SAA
GUEST DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
Ramona de Saá began studying classical ballet after having received a scholarship at the age of eleven along with her sister, Margarita de Saá. She was a student with Fernando and Alicia Alonso, Magda González, Mary Skeaping, Ana Ivanova and Jose Parés at the Alicia Alonso Academy.
She was one of the first ballerinas of the National Ballet of Cuba. With the Cuban National Ballet Company de Saá toured Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, China, Korea, Mongolia and the former Soviet Union. An injury saw her retire as a ballerina in 1966, after 12 successful years as a dancer.
In 1962 she founded the National School of Arts directed by Fernando Alonso. In 1965 she was named directress of the National Ballet School and in 1977 was promoted as a National Adviser with the Arts Teaching Division, currently known as National Arts Schools Center, CNEART.
De Saá is an outstanding ballet mistress, one of the most renowned experts in dance teaching in today's world, she is internationally acknowledged as the designer of today's classical dance teaching system in Cuba. She is a professor with the Cuban National Ballet School, an assistant professor with the Higher Institute for the Arts and a methodologist at the National Arts School Center in Cuba, and the current Director of the Cuban National Ballet School.
She has been the professor and mentor of most of the main male dancers and ballerinas with the Cuban National Ballet company, including, among many others, former principal with American Ballet Theater- and Carlos Acosta –guest principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of the London based in Royal Opera House.
At present she is a promoter and organizer of national and international dance competitions and festivals for ballet students; she has also participated in international events as ballet mistress, jury member and professor in technical assistance programs in different countries.
She has received important awards and recognitions, including Cuba’s highest cultural distinction –the “Felix Varela” Order- granted by the Cuban Council of State; a Diploma from the Nina Novak Ballet, Caracas, Venezuela; the Citizen of Honor Title by the City of Torino, Italy; the Vignale Danza Award in Italy; the Jeonville Festival Best Mistress Award in Brazil; the Grand Prix as Best International Ballet Mistress at the Reggio Danza Festival held in Calabria, Italy.
In 2006 Ramona de Sáa Bello received Cuba’s National Dance Award for her entire life’s work.
Guest during the academic year 2017/18
Simona Tartaglione inizia la sua formazione di danza a Torino, sua città natale. Nel 1994 perfeziona i suoi studi all’Accademia Regionale di Torino, dove si forma in danza classica e contemporanea fino e dove comincia a lavorare con la compagnia del Teatro Nuovo di Torino continuando la sua formazione diplomandosi nel 1999 .
Dopo aver completato gli studi, la Compagnia Teatro Nuovo di Torino gli offre un contratto. Rimarrà in questa compagnia fino al 2002 dove ha la possibilità di interpretare il repertorio classico e pezzi di vari coreografi di fama internazionale (Nacho Duato, Robert North, Jiri Kilian, Lindsay Kemp, Luciano Cannito, Marco Berriel, etc.) .
Nel 2002 si trasferisce in Germania poiché contrattata dallo Ballett StadtTheater Bielefeld dove rimarrà fino al 2006 e dove verrà premiata come Miglior Giovane danzatrice del Nordrhein-Westfalen nel ruolo di Coppelia. In questa compagnia interpreta molte coreografie del direttore e coreografo Philip Landsdale interpretando numerosi ruoli.
Nel 2006 viene contrattata dal Ballett StadtTheater Hagen dove rimarrà fino al 2008 e dove oterrrà nuovamente il premio come migliore ballerina del Nordrhein-Westfalen nel ruolo di Giselle.
In questa compagnia interpreta numerosi ruoli del direttore e coreografo Ricardo Fernando.
Nel 2008 si traferisce in Svizzera a Losanna dopo esser stata contrattata dalla prestigiosa compagnia del Béjart Ballet Lausanne, dove rimarrà fino al 2013.
In questa compagnia interpreta numerosi ruoli nelle coreografie di Maurice Béjart , Gil Roman, Tony Fabre e Sthan Kabar-Louët e dove da danzerà in molti teatri di fama internazionale tra cui Teatro Bolshoi di Mosca, Il Bunka Kaikan di Tokio, Teatro Mariinskij di San Pietroburgo e molti altri.
Nell’agosto del 2013 decide di dedicarsi all’insegnamento della danza Insegando nell’ École de Danse Martinelli a Nyon e alla AFJD di Losanna. E participando a stage di danza come insegnante invitata con l’insegnamento della danza classica e Workshop coreografici.
Unisce l’insegnamento della danza il GYROTONIC® fondando con Angelo Murdocco StudioCorpo, GYROTONIC® method Lausanne.
Fonda la FDC (Future Dance Career) che ha lo scopo di aiutare i ballerini e futuri ballerini, a trovare la compagnia adatta a loro.
Consegue successivamente la certificazione come istruttrice di Antigravity® Fitness.
Viene invitata in vari stage di livello Internazionale.
MARIA CRISTINA ALVAREZ
Guest during the academic year 2017/18 - summer intensive
Profesora y Maître de Ballet
Instituto Superior de Danza “Alicia Alonso”, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, España. Maestra principale e Metodóloga de la Escuela Cubana de Ballet, 1995-2004
Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid “Víctor Ullate”. Asistente alla Direzione Artística 2006-2010
Instituto Superior de Danza “Alicia Alonso”, Madrid, España. Maestra Principale e Metodóloga de la Escuela Cubana de Ballet, 2011-2013.
Máster Universitario en Artes Escénicas, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid España ,2012.
Bailarina Principal del Ballet Nacional de Cuba. 1960-1984
Maître Principal del Ballet Nacional de Cuba. 1984-1995
Ballet Du Rhin, Strasbourg. Maestra invitada. 1982
Los Ballets San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maestra invitada. 1984
Maestra invitada, Ballet de Monterrey, México 1990
City Ballet School, Canadá. Maestra invitada. 1994
Opera de Bordeaux, France. Maestra invitada. 1995
Equipo Nacional Gimnasia Rítmica de España. Maestra Principal. 1997-2001
Compañía Nacional de Danza “Nacho Duato”. Maestra invitada. 2002
Centro de Danza “Víctor Ullate”. Profesora titular y metodóloga. 2004-2006
Guest teacher during the academic years 2017/18 - 2018/19
Kate Flatt works internationally in contemporary dance, ballet, film, opera, theatre and musicals, including the original musical staging for Les Misérables at the RSC, in the West End and beyond.
Dance theatre choreography includes Undivided Loves (Phoenix Dance Theatre), Slowburn, Soul Play, The Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, The Oss and the Ox, Step Ladder and a Goat.
Theatre work includes for National Theatre Three Sisters, Dream Play, Albert Speer, Power, and Ends of the Earth; for Young Vic Dr Faustus, Skellig and The Skin of Our Teeth; for Old Vic Hamlet, Hamlet and Kreutzer Sonata (The Gate).
Music theatre includes original production of Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield, West End),
Opera choreography includes Turandot (Royal Opera and international revivals); Gloriana, Peter Grimes, Carmelites (Opera North, ENO) as well as productions at Glyndebourne, at Bastille, Paris, Valencia and Washington.
Film includes Chaplin, Restoration and The Avengers and co-devising/choreographing The Dancing Room for BBC2.
Kate teaches choreography at the Royal Ballet School, gives master classes and courses and is mentor to emerging choreographers.
She is a Churchill Fellow, and holds a Rayne Foundation Choreographic Fellowship.
Guest teacher during the academic years 2017/18 - 2018/19
DANCER, TEACHER, AND ENTREPRENEUR FROM THE LOWER EAST SIDE OF NEW YORK CITY. SHE IS BASED IN NEW YORK CITY AND BARCELONA, SPAIN. NYA DANCED WITHTHE DEBORAH ZALL PROJECT: IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN, THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA, THE MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY, GRAHAM 2 ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER DANCE COMPANIES, PRODUCTIONS, AND CHOREOGRAPHERS BOTH IN NEW YORK CITY AND BARCELONA. NYA HAS APPEARED IN COMMERCIALS, TELEVISION SHOWS, AND A FEW SHORT FILMS. PRESENTLY, NYA IS PART-TIME FACULTY AT THE MARTHA GRAHAM SCHOOL AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY. NYA IS ALSO THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY NYC STAR HOSPITALITIES. A DESTINATION CONCIERGE COMPANY THAT SPECIALIZES IN NYC TOURISM AND TRAVEL. SHE IS ALSO FOUNDER OF THE BARCELONA INTERNACIONAL DANCE SUMMER INTENSIVE A PROGRAM THAT INCORPORATES DANCE, TOURISM, AND LANGUAGE TO DEVELOP YOUNG DANCE ARTISTS.
Performer, Teacher, and Entrepreneur with talent in a wide variety of dance education and artistic development. Demonstrates excellent knowledge of the Graham Technique. Blends humor and imagery to keep participants engaged and encouraged.
Certificate Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, New York, USA
B.F.A. Dance Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
SELECTIVE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor Present
Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
- Taught Martha Graham Technique to B.F.A. Dance candidates
- Teach Modern Dance to B.A. Dance candidates and non-dancers
- Teach Dance Composition to B.A. Dance candidates and non-dancers
Guest Teaching Artist Fall 1997-Present
- Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York, NY, USA
- Adelphi University, Long Island, New York, USA
- Barcelona Internacional Dance Summer Intensive at Barcelona Dance Center, Spain § Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain
- Institute of the Arts of Barcelona (IAB), Barcelona, Spain
- Company & Company Escuela de Danza, Barcelona, Spain
- Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, New York, NY
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, United Kingdom
- The Place, London, United Kingdom
- Peridance, New York, NY
Adjunct Professor Fall 2008-2009 Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York
- Taught Graham Modern to B.A. Dance candidate students
Faculty Fall 2003-Present
The Martha Graham Dance School of Contemporary Dance, New York
- Teach Graham technique to beginners, teens, pre-professionals, and non-dancers. § Taught Creative Workshop to teens
- Restaged Martha Graham’s repertory Celebration on teens.
Faculty Fall 2003-Spring 2008 The Harlem School of Arts, New York
- Taught Graham Technique and choreographed annual final dance concert § Auditioned new dancers for the Teen College Prep Program
Teach Martha Graham Technique, Improvisation, and Movement for ActorswLicensed NYC Tour GuidewTour/Travel CoordinatorwSpeak Commutative SpanishwPublic Speaking wDirectingwActingwCoach Teaching/MentoringwWrite lesson plans using Johnson and Johnson Cooperative Learning TheorywStrategic PlanningwMicrosoft SkillswPower Point wBasic Office SkillswSocial MediawInternet ResearchwResidency Visa of Spain
HONORS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS
Full Scholarship from Martha Graham Dance School (2001-2005)
Grant from Inaugural New Educator Support Team Institute (NEST) (2001)
Certificate of Appreciation and Outstanding Teacher Award from Brooklyn and Staten Island High Schools Superintendent (1999)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERSHIPS
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Actors Equity Association (AEA)
SELECTIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Guide Association of New York City The Barcelona American Society
Director, James Robinson Choreographer, Sean Curran
Artistic Director, Deborah Zall
Director, Francesca Zambello Choreographer Eric Fogel
Artistic Director, Janet Eilber
Director, Andrei Şerban Choreographer, Kate Flatt
Director, Penny Woolcock Chor, Andrew Dawson
Director, Stephen Lawless Choreographer, Matt Ferrare
Director, Jowalle Jo Walla
Directors, Therese Capucilli & Christine Dakin
Directors, Kenneth Topping & Marnie Thomas
Choreographer, Gabri Christa
Canal Cocina Channel, Spain Director, Dean Parisot, CBS Director, David Chase, HBO New Tang Dynasty TV, China
Director, Nickolet Allen Dir. Geoffrey Armes Chor. Christine Dakin Director, Ryan Meyers Director, Randy Dottin Chor. Obediyah Wright
Director, Jenny Bloom
Director, Wally Pfiser
Macy’s Department Store RSA Films, USA
Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
- Assisted Graham Regisseur Miki Orihara and Tadej Brdnik restaging Martha Graham’s repertory Dark Meadow on BFA dance candidate students
Blanchard’s Champion Washington National Opera
The Deborah Zall Project
Verdi’s The Force of Destiny Washington National Opera
Cercando Picasso, Italian Tour Martha Graham Dance Company
Puccini’s Turandot Washington National Opera
John Adams’ Dr. Atomic NY Metropolitan Opera
Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman Washington National Opera
Urban Bush Woman
Indisputably Martha Graham
Martha Graham Dance Company Graham 2
DanzAisa Dance Company
Me Voy A Comer El Mundo
The Good Wife, “Double Jeopardy” The Sopranos, “Made In America” Chinese Global Gala Spectacular
Dancer Dancer Cover Dancer
Guest Victim Tourist Dancer
Featured Dancer Dancer
Featured Carnival Cruises “Message In A Bottle” Funny Lady
Broken Chains Noor
Lifted, Fox Searchlight Film
The Modern Venus Bowery Café, NY
Jockey Sports Industrial Heineken, “Global Party”
OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE
Model Underwear Model
Owner & Director of Operations 2009-Present NYC STAR HOSPITALITIES LLC, New York, USA
- Lead projects related to Education, Tourism and Travel Planning in NYC and Barcelona § Strategic planning for successful events, gain new clients, funding, and marketing
- Design, develop, execute, oversee and manage all projects
Rehearsal Director 2007-2009 Marianna Beckerman Dance Company, New York, USA
- Prepared and rehearsed dancers for performances
Made recommendations on hiring, assigning roles, and future projects
Assistant Arts Education Coordinator Summer 2007 Downtown Battery Dance Festival, New York, USA
- Assisted Arts Educator with festival segment, “Everybody Dance Now”
- Coordinated and motivated audience to participate in “Everybody Dance Now”
Director/Coordinator of Young Artist Program 2005-2007
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York, NY USA
- Lead and supervised a team of teachers, musicians, guest artists, & work-study students
- Created and managed auditions, tuition, schedules, special workshops, and classes
- Collaborated directly with School Director, Education Director, and Development
Director on perspective grants, budgets, tuitions, scholarships, and strategic planning
- Compiled data reports on the overall progress of the program
JURORS, PANELS, AND, PRESENTATIONS
Jurors: Julio Bocca, Nya Bowman, Christine Dakin, Gino Labate, Javier Latorre, Igal Perry, Georgina Rigola, and Héctor Zaraspe (2014) Certamen Internacional de Danza Ciutat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Jurors: Nya Bowman, Javier Latorre, Salvador Niebla, Igal Perry, Georgina Rigola, and Héctor Zaraspe (2013), Certamen Internacional de Danza Ciutat de Barcelona, Spain
Panel: Joe Abraham, Leslie-Annette Boyce, Nya Bowman, Danyelle Demchock, and Ron Hoffman, Moderator: Lauren Gordon, (2010), Planting and Growing your Business, Career Transitions for Dancers, New York City, NY
Presentation: Master Teacher Marnie Thomas Wood and Teacher Nya Bowman (2004), How to implement Dance in the Classroom: A Dancer’s Journal: Step into a Dancer’s Shoes to Learn About “Martha Graham the Mother Of Modern Dance,” Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ ArtsEdge, Washington DC
OTHER RELEVANT EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Travel & Tourism Consultant Management, Harvard Mentor Program
- Peridance (Ballet: Martha Chapman & Graciela Kozak)
- FastTrac® GrowthVenutreTM Kauffman Group, How To Grow Your Business
- Meisner Technique, Barcelona Actors’ Workshop with Frank Feys, Barcelona
- La Escuela del La Companyia (Intensive Ballet Study: J Jean Emile)
- La Escuela de Ballet Eulália Blasi (Intensive Ballet Study: Ángeles Lacalle)
- Chorus Group, Voces Para La Tranformacíon de la Tierra, Barcelona
- Creative Dance Labs, Barcelona International Dance Exchange
- Speakeasy & The International House of Spanish Language Schools, Spain
- Commercial Acting classes with Cathy Searle at Scott Powers Acting Studio
- Tour Guide Management Enhancement Program at NYC & Company
- New Educator Support Team (NEST) Inaugural Coach Teacher Course, NY
- Dance New Amsterdam (Simonson Jazz: Kititi King and Ballet: Martha Chapman) §Broadway Dance Center (Jazz: Sheila Barker & Slam; Ballet: Kat Wildish)
- American Ballet Theater (Ballet: Diane Cartier)
- Bates Dance Festival (Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Dance & Ballet)
- Educational Curriculum Development The College of Saint Rose with Integrated Teacher § Alvin Ailey School (Ballet: Sheila Rohan; Dunham: Joan Peters; Horton: Regina Larkin)
Guest during the academic year 2019/20
Sergei Vanaev was born in Russia.
At the age of ten, he began attending one of the most famous ballet schools in the world: the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, where he graduated after eight years with honors.
Only a few years later, Vanaev was a solo dancer in the ensemble of the Deutsche Opera Rhein in Dusseldorf where, for five years, he danced several main roles in the choreographies of Heinz Spoerli and other important choreographers.
He also appeared in some classic dance films.
From the 2004/2005 season, Sergei Vanaev is Director and Choreographer at the Ballet of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven in Germany.
In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Maya Plisetskaya Award.
Also since 2007 he is a permanent choreographer of the Mystic Ballet company in Connecticut (USA).
Since April 2016, he performs successfully every year as a choreographer at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
At the 2016/2017 opening gala, he and his company received the Herzlieb-Kohut award for outstanding artistic work.
From 2016 he is a permanent juror at the international competition "Roma Dance Contest" organized by Teresita del Vecchio and Forballet.it, with which he actively collaborates both in Italy and abroad.
Guest teacher during academic year 2019/20
Matan David was born in 1982 in Israel.
At the age of 11 Matan started to dance for a local folklore Company.
From 1998-2001 Matan Went to Talma Yalin’s Art school where he took upon dance more seriously.
In the year 1999 Matan Participated in the Bat Dor’s Summer program
In the year 2000 Matan Participated in the Juilliard’s summer program
In the year 2001-2003 At the age of 18, Matan got accepted to Batsheva’s young company - Batsheva Ensemble
At 2003 Matan Got into the main company of Batsheva and until 2013 Matan was a part of Naharin’s creation and development of his movement language - Gaga as well as being a part in the creation of Naharin’s most memorable pieces.
While being in Batsheva Matan worked with Barak Marshal, Sharon Eyal, Matz Ek and preformed in the most important venues and theaters around the world.
Between 2013-2017 Matan was acting as the director of Batsheva’s Ensemble.
While being a Director also acting as a freelance dancer in smaller projects.
In 2017 acting as a choreographer’s assistant while creating a piece for IL DANCE in Sweden.
Also between the years 2013 till Today (2019) Matan is Ohad Naharin’s right hand in putting his pieces on other Companies Around the world:
Batsheva (Israel), Paris Opera (FRANCE), Ballet De Rhin (FRANCE), Oslo Ballet (NORWAY), Innsbruck Ballet (AUSTRIA), Stanislavsky Ballet (RUSSIA), Malpaso (CUBA), Gautier Dance (GERMANY), Rambert 2 (UK), Grenade (FRANCE), Ireland Ballet (Ireland)
Matan is a senior Gaga teacher
In January 2019 Matan started to work on his own movment vision with the NOD program in Turin (ITALY).
Matan David is also an “Ilan Lev” therapist (A method developed in Israel).
IRATXE ANSA AND IGOR BACOVICH
Guest teachers during the academic year 2020/21
Iratxe is originally from San Sebastian, Spain where she attended the Conservatorio Superior de Musica before graduating from the John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany.
She danced with Basel Ballet and Ballet Gulbelkian before joining Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain. She later joined the Lyon Opera Ballet before becoming a member of Nederlands Dance Theatre under the direction of Anders Hellstrom.
She has worked with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Jacopo Godani, Johan Inger, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Alexander Ekman, to name a few.
Iratxe won prizes and mentions in choreographic competitions such as the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival, Certamen Coreografico de Madrid and was awarded for her artistic trajectory by the Association of Dance Professionals (Spain) in 2007.
In 2020, the Ministry of Culture of Spain recognised her artistic excellence by awarding her the National Dance Award in the performance category.
Igor Bacovich is an Italian dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Igor studied at “Accademia Nazionale di danza” (IT) and got his dancing degree in CODARTS (NL).
In the Netherlands he worked with several choreographers such as Bruno Listopad, Krisztina de Chatel and Nanine Linning among others.
From 2008 to 2014 he worked in the social field in the Netherlands and Spain.
Since 2014 Igor works side by side with Iratxe Ansa, together they create the “Metamorphosis Method”, and in 2019 they founded the dance company “Metamorphosis Dance”.
Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich started collaborating in 2013. From the very beginning they realised that their different backgrounds and approaches complemented each other’s artistic needs and visions.
Since the beginning of their collaborations, they worked internationally in multiple fields such as choreographing, dancing, teaching, producing and generating art works in collaborations with media artists.
Through their experience they refined their approach which enabled them to to adapt in multiple situations to generate a universal language, that would ‘speak’ to a large variety of cultures and audiences.
Iratxe and Igor have developed their own dancing method called “Metamorphosis Method” and are founders and organisers of the Metamorphosis dance project.
So far the duo have worked in over 30 countries, choreographed over 20 dance works and created for companies and institutions such as Compañía Nacional de danza and Basel Ballet.
The dance company has officially been established in 2019 and is based in Madrid, Spain.