Our Faculty

 

Our Instructors

Christophe MARAVAL
Ballet Master

CMaravalAfter nine years as a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mr. Maraval retired at the end of the 2007 season to join the faculty at “Ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montreal” – the most prestigious school in Quebec. Mr. Maraval has been teaching Vaganova style with some French Flair, American musicality and energy to all levels of students. Christophe’s style is to teach his students method, rigor and the passion for dance. He believes Ballet is discipline and it will follow you all your life.

Mr. Maraval began his training at the Opera de Paris and the Superior Conservatory of Paris and at age 16, joined the Ballet National de NANCY (under Pierre Lacotte). He left after six seasons to work with Nanette Glushak at The Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse (France). It was in Toulouse that he discovered Balanchine and decided to move to America, first with Cincinnati Ballet under the direction of Victoria Morgan and finally PNB under Kent Stowell, Francia Russel and Peter Boal.

During his career, Mr. Maraval danced with various professional Ballets in the US and Canada as a Guest Artist including Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet and Gala Des Etoiles of Montreal.

With a vast repertory, some of his favorite ballets are from George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Val Caniparoly, Ben Stevenson, Richard Tanner, Glen Tetley, Jose Limon, Jerome Robins, Ulysses Dove, Kent Stowel and more. Numerous choreographers created ballets for Mr. Maraval such as Kirk Peterson (Amazing Burning dream, Carmen) Paul Gibson (Rush, Piano dance) Dominique Dumais (Scripted in the body, time and others matters).

 

Rosario LEYVA “Charin”

Ballet Mistress

Rosario Leyva-Charin

Rosario Leyva was born in Holguin, Cuba where she began her ballet training at the Vocational School of Art. She was selected to study at the Vocational School of Arts in Camaguey where she received her graduate degree. Ms. Leyva started dancing professionally in 1986 at the Opera Theatre Company Rodrigo Prats in Holguin. She participated in shows of national and international repertoire and ballet in addition to working as a teacher at the Academy of Ballet with children and adults. She was awarded the title of first level as a dancer in musical theater and ballet. Between 1995 and 1998, she joined the cast of the prestigious Camaguey Ballet under the direction of Jorge Rodriguez Vedes. In 1999, she graduated from the Art Institute of Camaguey, Cuba. In 2004, she had the opportunity for a contract of employment in Chihuahua, Mexico as Head teacher, Artistic Director, and Choreographer of the ballet school Sergio Franco.

Since 2009 she has lived in Naples and danced as a guest in Naples Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, “Aurora’s Wedding” and “Sleeping Beauty”. She currently teaches our pre-ballet and BIB classes at the Naples Academy of Ballet.

 

 

Vilania Gomez
Modern dance

Mrs. Vilania Gomez began her career in Havana, Cuba where she trained at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana, graduating in 1992 with a Dancer teacher degree in Modern and Cuban Folkloric dance. The same year , she won a honorable mention for dance in the 4th National Union of Writers and Artists in Havana.

Her Dancing journey began to really blossom when she had the opportunity to become a choreographer and the Artistic Director of the company Havana Salsa in Chile, where she designed all the costumes and got recognized for creating the most unique shows in Santiago of Chili. She taught modern dance, Afro and Latin Rhythms keeping her dancers trained for the performances.

As a two time winner of the season finale of the Chile TV program “Todo es Bale” she was also selected by the Mayumana Academy, the internationally acclaimed rhythm -dance performance company from Israel, for a shared performance in their presentations in Chile. Brazilian singer Joe Vasconcellos saw one of her presentations in Chili,Vilania was contacted to not only perform in his shows , but also help create multiple of his spectaculars.

Hired as the modern dance teacher at the Academy Rosario LLansol created by the the former Prima ballerina of the National Chilean Ballet.

Mrs. Vilania has been teaching children Modern-Contemporary dance, and choreography composition at the Salvation Army’s Fran Cohen Youth center for their School of Performing Arts creating their dance performances as well.