International Ballet Masters
An exceptional dance professional with over 30 years of international experience. From Havana, Cuba, she graduated with honors, as Dancer & Teacher from the Cuban National Ballet School in 1980. Discovering her passion for teaching very early in her life. Throughout her outstanding career, she taught for 19 years at the Cuban National Ballet School & abroad having produced & worked with excellent dancers, many currently holding principal & soloist positions in the finest US, European, & Latin American companies.
Ms. Suárez developed her own teaching methodology, based on the Cuban Ballet. A very successful coach & an expert in classical ballet technique & all classical repertoire &other dance styles. Ms. Suárez has trained & coached many dancers for international ballet competitions. Currently, the owner & Director of The Art of Classical Ballet School & the Artistic Director of Florida Classical Ballet. She is committed to train & inspire her students & the new generation of dancers.
CHINA & USA
Born in Shanghai, China. At the age of 11, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the famed Shanghai School of Dance. Graduating with honors in 1989, moving to the USA to begin his performing career with The Washington Ballet. During his nearly 20 year tenure with TWB, he performed various leading roles in classical and neoclassical ballets. Also dancing leading roles choreographed by some of today’s most influential choreographers. In 2000, while maintaining his position with The Washington Ballet, he accepted an invitation, to join her company The Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a principle dancer.
In 2008, he accepted a lecturer position from the Dance Department of the Towson University where he teaches Ballet Technique to the top level BFA Majors. Also teaching Ballet Repertory, Men’s Ballet Technique, Partnering, and was the Artistic Director of the Towson Dance Company. Mr. Du plays a major role in creating a curriculum structure of male dancers. Creating a brand new course DANC 343 Ballet for Men to train ballet technique in college. Mr. Du joined the American Dance Institute faculty in 2009 and was the Artistic Director of the ADI Ballet School from 2010 to the spring of 2015. Forming the company of American Dance Institute in 2010. In 2016, along with his wife Erin Du, Mr. Du successfully launched ADI’s Future Artists Initiative to promote and support diversity in dance.
From LNO Ballet Company, then having achieved numerous awards in Yalta, Budapest, Vienna, NY IBC, SAIBC, Seoul IBC, Latvia from 1998 – 2017 Recently Ballet Artist of the Year.
She has performed in Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea, USA and other countries.
She has also performed in International Gala concerts in Europe, the United States, South Africa and South Korea, also having performed as a visiting performer with the European Youth Ballet company & Ulyana Lopatinka's star troupes, & as Giselle with the Ballet Russes in London. As a visiting performer in the Cairo Opera House, she played the role of Kitri in their production of Don Quixote.
With her degree in choreography at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, & her one-act Images of Presence was included in the repertoire of Latvian National Ballet.
In 2016 Elza taught as assistant to Sports Scientist Patrick Rump in William Forsythe Ballet Summer Course in Madrid. In 2017 Elza made a theatre debut in Dailes theatre production of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray.
Guest ballet master. Teacher for ballet, pas de deux and repertoire at Berlin State Ballet Academy and Youth Ballet Berlin. Staging of “Le Corsair” for Youth Ballet Berlin.
Visiting lecturer at High school of performing Arts, Berlin. Former principal dancer at Oper Leipzig conducted by Uwe Scholz.
Main and leading roles in pieces of Uwe Scholz, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Yuri Vamos, Glenn Tetley and others.
Staging of Scholz' pieces to several national and international theatres.
Competition coach of various international ballet competitions so as Moscow, Varna, Perm, Vienna, Berlin, Riga and Cape Town.
USA & CUBA - GUEST STAR PERFORMER FOR THE GALAS
Born in Matanzas Cuba. Former Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet Principal Dancer and First Soloist with Boston Ballet. She also danced for The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso.
With many gold medals under her belt as an international principal guest artist Ms. Almeida have performed with several renowned companies at some of the most important stages around the world.
Just 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 and many more...
USA & CUBA - GUEST STAR PERFORMER FOR THE GALAS