Caridad Martinez

Graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba. She studied with, Fernando & Alicia Alonso, Joaquin Banegas, Azary Plisetski, Ramona de Saa, Karemia Moreno, and Jose Pares. As principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba she performed in the most important theaters in Europe, North and South Americas and Asia, with a repertory that included Coppelia, Las Fille Mal Gardeé, La Sylphide, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, Les Corsaires, Apollo, Papillon and Times Out of Mind. Works created specifically for her included Plasmasis, Muñecos, Dolores Santa Cruz en Cecilia Valdes and Cimarron, among others.

After leaving the National Ballet of Cuba, Martinez created and led The Havana Ballet Theater through a theater creative concept that transformed the performing arts in Cuba during the 80s. She also went on to choreograph for the Hispanic Heritage Awards, and for the acclaimed Julian Schnabel film Before Night Falls. She coached La Joven Guardia group, integrated by the most talented young Cuban dancers, under the direction of Laura Alonso. Martinez was also Director of the Cuban Ballet School in Veracruz, Mexico and was distinguished with the honorary membership of the Dance Educators of Mexico and Dance Educators of America. She has received numerous awards for her dance and theater choreographies, including an award from The Association of Writers and Artists in Cuba for two consecutive years.

In New York, Martinez has shared her expertise as Director of the Brooklyn Ballet School and Conservatory, Director of the Ballet & Curriculum Training Program at Ballet Hispanico, and faculty and Summer Program Director at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She has guest taught for the Alberta Ballet School in Canada, Annarella Conservatory in Leiria, Portugal and Goh Academie School in Vancouver, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and most recently as special guest of JKO School Director, Cynthia Harvey to share the Cuban Ballet Methodology with teachers and students at the Raising the Barre series at ABT, as well as been featured in Pointe Magazine.

Martinez currently serves as faculty member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ailey/Fordham and Certificate programs, coach of Classical works for Dance Theater of Harlem, serves on the board of Ballet Beyond Borders and is working on an oral history project about her life and career under the auspices of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU with Elizabeth Schwall. She is member of the International Dance Council de la UNESCO.

Roberta Ferrara

Artistic director of Equilibrio Dinamico Dance Company, Italy, and the international training program ENSEMBLE. Associate Artistic Director for Odyssey Dance Theatre, in Singapore, one of Asia’s leading professional dance organizations, founded by Dr Danny Tan.

Guest of several international realities such as Staatstheater Ballet Augsburg, Teatrul De Balet Sibiu, English National Ballet School, Korea Ballet House, Conservatorio Internacional de Ballet and Dança Annarella Sánchez, Morikawa Dance Academy, Elan Ballet, Balletto di Siena, Eko Dance Project. She is supported by various Italian Cultural Institutes including Cologne, New York, Mexico, Zagreb, San Francisco, Ankara, San Paolo of Brazil.

Her creations have been performed at various international dance festivals and programs in Italy, Mexico City, America, Albania, Kosovo, Vietnam, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Romania, Bulgaria.

Currently an independent artist, she creates for different companies and professional training centres in Italy and abroad, where she is hosted as a teacher, juror, and choreographer.


Carlos Valcárcel

Following an illustrious performing career where he danced principal roles with Victor Ullate BalletBalletto di Toscana and Stuttgart Ballet, Mr Valcárcel became Director and principal teacher of his own ballet school in Madrid before joining the Showa School for Performing Arts in Tokyo. At the Showa School, he was the Principal Tutor and Lecturer of the Ballet Department. He later joined The Washington School of Ballet, teaching, mentoring and choreographing students and dancers from the company as Ballet Master of the Trainee Program at The Washington School of Ballet.

Mr Valcárcel has also been credited with coaching principal ballerinas and has served as a judge of international ballet competitions. He has also choreographed pieces and coached participants for elite competitions. After his directorship at The School of Ballet Arizona in USA in 2017 joined as Director of Dance at the English National Ballet School.  Currently Mr Valcárcel is a freelance teacher and choreographer committed to prepare the next generation of young professional dancers for their careers.

Fernando Duarte

Natural de Lisboa, nasceu em 1979. Estudou na Academia de Dança Contemporânea de Setúbal sob orientação dos professores Maria Bessa e António Rodrigues. Em 1995/96 foi bailarino estagiário na CeDeCe – Companhia de Dança Contemporânea. Ingressou na Companhia Nacional de Bailado em 1996, onde foi Bailarino Principal. Em 2005/2007 foi Solista no Ballet Nacional da Noruega. De 2011 a 2017 foi Mestre de Bailado, Ensaiador e Coreógrafo na CNB. Lecciona Técnica de Dança Clássica desde 2008. Convidado a participar em conferências sobre Arte e Dança, Fernando Duarte é, também, doutorando em Estudos Artísticos na Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Em 2018 funda e assume a Direção Artística da Dança em Diálogos e ganha o Prémio da Dança Anna Mascolo da Mirpuri Foundation.

Lisa Bolte

Lisa Bolte was born in Sydney, Australia and studied dance at Caprice Dancing School, while growing up in Brisbane. A student at the Australian Ballet School 1983-1985, Lisa danced with The Australian Ballet Company, 1986-2002, 2005-2007; promoted to Principal Artist by then Artistic Director, Maina Gielgud in 1993. 

Highlights with The Australian Ballet have included performing principal roles from the entire classical repertoire including Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Manon, Anna Karenina, Etudes, Copellia, The Merry Widow and Onegin, Theme and Variations. 

As a guest artist Lisa performed with Nureyev’s Farewell Australian Tour (1991); The National Ballet of Canada in Swan Lake and The Merry Widow (1994); with The Maryinsky Ballet as Giselle and as Kitri in Don Quixote (1996); with The Royal Danish Ballet as Odette/Odile, Swan Lake (1998); with Queensland Ballet, pas de deux from Edge of Night and Raymonda (2007).

Roles created for Lisa have included Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1988) Petal Miller; Edge of Night (1997) and 1914 (1998) by Stephen Baynes, Dark Lullaby by Natalie Weir (1998); The Book of Alleged Dances (1999) by James Kudelka.

In 1998 Lisa was awarded the ‘Mo’ award for Best Female Dancer after her performances in Romeo and Juliet. Scholarship winner of the Erik Bruhn Award 1987; the Lissa Black Award 1994; Nominated  for The Dancing Times’ ‘Young Dancer of the Year’ following The Australian Ballet’s performances of The Sleeping Beauty at Covent Garden in London 1988.

Assistant to Maina Gielgud, in staging and coaching Giselle for The Boston Ballet in 2009; La Sylphide for Teatre dell’Opera Roma 2013. 

In 2010 Lisa completed a Master of Arts at Deakin University. Working in Philanthropy as Patrons Manager (Victoria/Tasmania) at The Australian Ballet 2011-2016, the role has included leading tours for Renaissance Tours to Tasmania, New York and Houston. 

Currently Co-Chair with The Australian Ballet Ambassadors Board, Lisa enjoys opportunities performing as a Guest Artist with The Australian Ballet, including as the Mother is Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, and as the Queen in both Stephen Baynes’ Swan Lake and David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty. In continuing to share knowledge learnt through years of being coached by wonderful Artists herself, Lisa is grateful to have the opportunity to coach and mentor full-time ballet students at Jane Moore School of Ballet in Melbourne.

Dmitry Timofeev

Principal Dancer of the Hungarian State Opera 

Vaganova Ballet Academy (2000-2008).

Ballet School in Saratov, Russsia (1999-2000).

Professional work:

Hungarian State Opera –principal (2013-present)
Croatian National Theatre –principal (2009-2013)
Israel Ballet (2008-2009)  

Awards and recognitions:

Mia Čorak Slavenska International Ballet Competition, Zagreb Grand prize (2010).

Oskar Harmoš Award (2010).

Oskar Harmoš Award (2013). 

Solymosi Artistic Award (2016).

Best Dance Artist of the Season (2017).

Étoile of the Hungarian National Ballet (2018/19). 


Performed in numerous performances of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theater (2000-2008)

International tours with Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theater in Japan, Russia, Italy, Germany and others. (2000-2008)

Japan tour with Vaganova Ballet Academy (2001,2004,2008)

Italy tour with Vaganova Ballet Academy (2005)

International gala concert in Seoul, Korea. (2014)

Master classes in Korean National Ballet School. (2014)

Gala concert of the world ballet stars in Vienna, Austria “Weltstar-Gala” (2017).

 Took part in the film “Red Sparrow” as a dancer. (2017).

 Took part in the series “The Alienist” as a dancer (2017).

Took part in the film “Colette” as a dancer. (2017).

 Took part in the series “”Genius” Picasso” as a dancer (2017).

International gala concert in Tallinn, Estonia. (2018).

Principal roles:
Seregi/Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet –Romeo
Eagling/Solymosi/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker –Prince
Dantzig/Schayk/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake –Siegfried
Kylián/Mozart: Petite Mort
Inger/Ravel/Pärt: Walking Mad
Bournonville/Gielgud/Løvenskiold: La Sylphide –James
Deane/Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty –Prince, Bluebird
Deane/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake –Prince, Pas de trois

Petipa/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake –Prince, Pas de trois
Deane/Prokofiev: Cinderella –Prince

Sergeev/Prokofiev: Cinderella –Prince, Joker
Deane/Minkus: Paquita –Principal
Deane/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker –Nutcracker Prince
Orlikowsky/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker –Nutcracker Prince

Harangozo/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker –Nutcracker Prince
Armand/Minkus: Don Quixote –Basilio, Espada

Petipa/Minkus: Don Quixote –Basilio, Espada
Balanchine/Bach: Concerto Barocco –Solo
Hertel/Derevjanko/Hérold: La fille mal gardée –Colas

Petipa/Glazunov: Raymonda –Pas de quatre
Sečak/Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet –Romeo

William Forsythe/Thom Willems: Herman Schmerman

The Silence of my Murmur – choreographer Leo Mujic

Variations in f.ado minor – choreography Hugo Viera

An Evening of German Authors – choreography Marco Goecke – Uwe Scholz

Nacho Duato/Spanish music of XVI – XVII cc.: – POR VOS MUERO

Krzysztof Pastor/Chopin: Chopin
Vámos/Delibes: Coppélia at Montmartre –Franz
Hynd/Lehár: The Merry Widow –Camille
Lander/Czerny: Études –Male Solo