RUMEN IVANOV RASHEV

He graduated in 1976, dancing at his graduation ceremony Pas de Deux from “COPPELIA” at the Kirov Theater (now Marinsky).

From 1977 to 1981 he was First Dancer of the National Opera of the City of Plovdiv. From 1981 to 1982 he was the First Dancer of the Arabesque Ballet. From 1982 to 1990 he was Dancer – Etoile of the Sofia National Opera. In 1990 he arrived in Venezuela invited by the Caracas National Ballet as First Dancer and Teacher. From 1991 to 1993 he was Artistic Director, Teacher and First Dancer of the Classical Ballet of Venezuela. In 1993 he was the First Dancer of the Youth Ballet of Venezuela. From August 1993 to 2001 he is Assistant to the Artistic Direction, First Dancer and Teacher of the Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas. He is currently a Professor at UNEARTE, Master of the Teresa Carreño Ballet of Caracas, Ballet Master in Endanza and the Ballet of the Americas Foundation. Graduate in Teaching, mention in Classical Dance and Postgraduate in Master’s in Latin American Theater.

He is currently the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of El Salvador

MARTHA ILDIKO

She began her studies in 1978 under the direction of Martha Annette Ríos, a former member of the International Ballet of Caracas, now Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, and at the Instituto Superior de Danza de Caracas. In 1980, he entered the American Ballet Center, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet. In 1983 he joined the ranks of the Teresa Carreño Ballet. In 1987 he joined the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas. In 1989 he founded the State School of Dance and Ballet and the Integral Dance Center. It also forms the Fundación Proyecto Caribe Danza. In 1997 he choreographed a complete version of Piort Illych Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. In 1999 he graduated his first class of classical dancers. In 2000 he worked with Maestra Nina Novak and her Classical Chamber Ballet. In 2004 he held the 1st Technical Training Workshop for Young Beginners on the Island of Margarita. The Ballet de la Mar Foundation was born from this initiative. In December 2004, its version of The Nutcracker Ballet premiered in Margarita. In June 2005 the Ballet de la Mar makes its debut. In 2006 and 2008 he traveled to New York to teach classical technique workshops at the Nunnbetter Dance Theater. He currently directs the Ballet de la Mar Foundation.

CARLOS PAOLILLO

Researcher and dance critic. Creator of university dance studies in Venezuela. Lawyer and Social Communicator graduated from the Andrés Bello Catholic University. Master in Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Professor of Dance History and Choreographic Analysis at the Central University of Venezuela and the National Experimental University of the Arts. Honorary Teacher of UNEARTE. Dance critic for the newspaper El Nacional. Founder and President of the Young Choreographers Foundation of Venezuela. Recognized with the National Culture Award 2010-2012 Dance Mention. Winner of the Municipal Dance Award of the Mayor of Caracas 1991, 2007 and 2010.

CARMEN VERCELLI

At the age of 16, he began his career as a teacher in the discipline of Ballet. She obtained a scholarship at the Inter-American School of Ballet. She participates in different public presentations. In 1995 she obtained the title of Dancer and Teacher issued by the Municipal Education Office of the Federal District Government. In 1980 the Government of the Federal District granted him recognition for his collaboration in benefit of teaching in the Ballet area. Since 1991, she moved to the Anzoátegui State to dedicate herself to teaching ballet. Together with Martha Ildiko they create the Fundación Proyecto Caribe Danza and join the Centro Integral de Danza. In 1999 he graduated his first class of classical dancers. He is currently President of the Centro Integral de Danza Foundation, combining it with his activity as a Ballet de la Mar Teacher. He has received awards of different kinds in Anzoátegui, highlighting among them the Recognition of the Rainbow Dance Workshop by means of a plaque and a function in his honor. Anzoátegui State State School, plaque and function in his honor. Dances Anzoátegui, plaque and function in his honor.

Alexey Minkin

Alexey Minkin, born in the city of Kazan, Russia, completed his classical ballet studies at the prestigious Choreographic Academy in the city of Perm, Russia.

Shortly after graduation, he was invited to join the Moscow Kremlin Ballet Company as a soloist, where he participated in the entire classical and contemporary repertoire and performed in major theaters around the world such as the Kremlin Palace, the Bolshoi Theater, Covent Garden in London, Champ-Elysees in Paris, among others.

Later he moved to South America where he worked for the most prestigious companies in the area such as the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, and the Ballet of the Municipal Theater of Santiago in Santiago, Chile, performing as soloist and principal. In her artistic career she has had the privilege of participating in various world tours, international galas, and ballet festivals.

Today Alexey works as a dancer for the Dimensions Dance Theater company in Miami, and works as a guest dancer in several companies in the United States.

ELIAS GARCIA

Began his studies at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona with José María Escudero. He obtained a scholarship to the Rosella Hightower school in Cannes, where studied with R. Hightower herself, with A. Castagné and J. Ferrán. Returns to Spain where is admitted to the school of the National Ballet of Spain.

In 2000 he began a fruitful stage as a teacher in different companies and schools in Europe, such as Ballet de la Opera de Lyon (France), Balletto del Sud and EgriBianco Danza (Italy), Ballet du Nord, among others, to dedicate the last ten years at the Il Balletto center in Veneto (Italy) where he has trained solid professional dancers. Invited by the R.A.D. from London for their summer courses.

In 2010, Elias created IBStage, an international summer program, where promising young ballet dancers meet to hone their talent in intensive classes for three weeks concluding with two days of dance galas at the Gran Teatro del Liceo.

He danced in companies such as the Zaragoza Ballet, Monte Carlo Ballet, Ballet du Nord.

He is currently Artistic Director and Founder of the Ballet de Catalunya.

Ernie Prinz

Is a choreographer and dancer from Detroit, Michigan, trained in musical theater, ballet, jazz and specializing in Broadway jazz. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC on a scholarship and graduated in 2006, continuing his BFA at the New School in Manhattan.

He has performed regionally in numerous shows including 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, and GYPSY. Ernie had the pleasure of dancing and performing in an original pas de deux, “Echo,” by Tony Award-nominated choreographer Margo Sappington.

Ernie recently appeared as Mother Ginger representing Universal Studios in the 90th MACY Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC. His choreographies have been performed across the country and have reached the Youth American Grand Prix Finals in New York.

Ernie joined the staff of the Nunnbetter Dance Theater in 2009, and recently became the Artistic Director of this institution.

Guest professor of the Ballet de la Mar Vacation Courses since 2011

STELLA QUINTANA

Founding member of the Keyla Ermecheo School Youth Ballet and the Metropolitan Ballet.

In 1979 he obtained a scholarship for two years (80-82) to study at the Moscow Choreographic School, awarded by the Government of the former Soviet Union where he carried out studies to improve the Classical Technique, repertoire, pas de deux and dances of character.

He is part of the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas with whom he tours the great cities of the world.

In 1990 she was appointed Assistant to the Resident Choreographer and in 1991 she held the position of Assistant to the Venezuelan First Dancer Zhandra Rodríguez in the Artistic Direction as well as Dance Teacher of the Company.

Since its creation in 1993, she has been at the forefront as Director, Teacher and Choreographer of the Ballet de las Américas Foundation.