Summer Intensive Faculty and Staff
Michael Pink, Artistic Director
Rolando Yanes, Milwaukee Ballet II & School Director
Renee Griswold, General Manager
Kelly Knoke, Registrar
Summer program faculty will consist of Artistic Staff, Milwaukee Ballet Dancers, former Milwaukee Ballet Dancers, and guest artists.
Sponsored by Joan and Jack Stein
Michael Pink began his tenure as Artistic Director of Milwaukee Ballet Company in December of 2002. Since that time he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet is both exciting and challenging. Mr. Pink's dramatic production of Romeo & Juliet took narrative dance drama to a new level of interpretation. His new productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty have been hailed as 'Classical Ballet for the 21st Century'.
Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program & School Director
Sponsored by Suzanne and Michael Hupy
Rolando Yanes is native of Villa Clara, Cuba. He received training at the Professional School of the Arts and the Vocational School of Ballet in Santa Clara, Cuba. While in Cuba, Mr. Yanes was a principal dancer with Joven Guardias Centro ProDansa under the direction of Laura Alonso and Ballet de Camaguey. In 1995 he was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Yanes came to the United States in 1996 as a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet Company and has been the director of Milwaukee Ballet II, the official pre-professional program of Milwaukee Ballet, since 2001. Mr. Yanes has been directing Milwaukee Ballet School since 2004.
Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive Faculty, tentatively scheduled for the 2016 program. Check back often as we update the list for this summer of dance!
Denis Malinkine, Milwaukee Ballet's Ballet Master
Luz San Miguel, Milwaukee Ballet's Ballet Master and Milwaukee Ballet Company Leading Artist
Davit Hovhannisyan, Milwaukee Ballet Leading Artist
Mireille Favarel, Associate Director of Milwaukee Ballet II and current Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Faculty
Monica Isla, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Faculty
Tatiana Jouravel, Former Milwaukee Ballet Leading Artist and current Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Faculty
Kristin Herlache, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Faculty
Timothy O'Donnell, Milwaukee Ballet Leading Artist and Choreographer-in-Residence
Petr Zahradnicek, Milwaukee Ballet Choreographer-in-Residence
Joshua Yang, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Faculty
Roxy Kess, Guest Teacher
Thom Dancy, Guest Teacher: Thom Dancy, from Winston Salem, North Carolina, is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma's School of Dance and the North Carolina School of The Arts. As a professional dancer he has worked for Milwaukee Ballet II, Grand Rapids ballet, and is entering his fourth season with The Big Muddy Dance Company, A contemporary company in St. Louis directed by Brian Enos. Thom has danced leading roles in works by Robert Moses, Kate Skarpetowska, Penny Saunders, Olivier Wevers, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Gerald Arpino. Thom also works for The Muny, the largest regional equity theater in the country, as both a dancer and audition assistant.
As a choreographer, Thom has created work on Milwaukee Ballet II, Grand Rapids ballet, The Big Muddy, Ballet Nebraska, Convergence Ballet, Danceworks Chicago, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a prize winner at the McCallum Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition and has had work presented at the internationally-acclaimed Spring to Dance festival. The St Louis Post-Dispatch named Thom an "Artist to Watch" in 2015. Recently his choreography was presented as a part of "The Best of Movemedia" by Grand Rapids Ballet, alongside some of today's most respected contemporary choreographers.
Thom is the director of Nomadic Limbs, a pick-up contemporary troupe formerly based in Milwaukee, WI.
Yaya Kayambe, Guest Musician
Irmah Del Valle, Guest Teacher: Irmah is the Director of “Irmah School of Dance”. She is originally from Cuba and graduate from the “National School of the Art” in Havana, Cuba; she has expertise in the fields of Modern Dance, Ballet, Afro-Cuban Folklore, Latin Jazz and Popular Cuban Rhythm. In Cuba she performed with “Danza Contemporanea de Cuba” and “Narciso Medina’s Company”, with whom she received a gold medal at an international dance competition in Korea. She was also selected to participate in the “World’s Festival” and has toured in Europe and many other countries. One of her most successful professional experiences was with her partner Lesme Grenot when they founded the dance company “Out of Balance”. They received several prestigious trophies, medals and outstanding critiques in international publications, specially in Finland, where Irmah and her partner introduced a new style of dance.
She came to Miami from Finland, at which point joined “Momentum Dance Company”, where for seven years Irmah was the Artistic Assistant Director, principal choreographer, professional dancer and teacher of the Company; in Miami she also performed with, Dance Now Company, Ife-Ile, Iroko Dance and Music Ensemble. She taught at Miami Dade College,Conchita Espinosa academy, The Arts of Classical Ballet (Pompano Beach), Community Education Village Center of Key Biscayne, among others. Currently Irmah is a guest artist at “Dealer School of Performing Arts (Fort Lauderdale) and Guest choreographer in educational program at South Miami Middle, Elementary and High School. Also she choreograph for Western “Kentucky University”, Art Generation (West Palm Beach) Milwaukee Ballet Summer Program. For five years Irmah was the Artistic Director of “Final Step Dance Academy” and currently she founded her own academy “Irmah School of Dance”
Dadier Aguileras, Guest Teacher: I started dancing when i was eleven years old at Escuela Provincial de Arte Camaguey in Cuba where I began to learn classical ballet and modern technique, as well as history of dance, folklore dance, popular dance, music appreciation, makeup for performance, and world languages. During this time I participated in many seminars, competitions and performances all over Cuba. After eight years, I joined Ballet de Camaguey, one of the most influential dance companies in Cuba, as a corp dancer and learned the biggest pieces of the classical ballet repertory, performing roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Giselle among many others.
To challenge myself, I accepted in invitation to dance with Centro ProDanza de Cuba in Havana where I was able to perform my classical repertoire as a soloist and took part in international courses of the Escuela Cubana de Ballet (CUBALLET). I was also invited by the director of Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro to dance in the Floresta Amazonica, in a piece called "The Concert for Life" which was conceived and directed by Dalal Achcar for the occasion of Rio Eco 92--an international ecology meeting and one of the most important artistic events that ever took place in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1994, I moved to Brazil and continued to dance in different classical companies until 1999. It was then that I moved from classical into the language of contemporary dance. I started studying composition, contact improvisation, and choreography and worked in collaboration with different artists with an array of backgrounds including theatre, music, literature, and performance art. This period marked a shift into my own artistic autonomy. I felt as if I had all the tools necessary to steer my vision as a creator.
I continued to tour internationally, working in diverse styles of dance with many choreographers. I have received a number of awards, among them Best Male Dancer by the Bonsucesso Bank in 2002 for my work in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by the acclaimed theater director Gabriel Vilela.
From the time of my arrival in the United States in 2014, I have dedicated myself to teaching classical ballet and contemporary dance technique. I have also worked as a choreographer in the performances Rapid Eyes and Deep Inside The Forest, Classical to Contemporary, and Sensualite.
Rebecca Maso, Guest Teacher: Rebeca is a former ballet dancer from Cuba. She received her training at the Professional School of Ballet Arts in Cuba under direction of Fernando Alonso. She also obtained her Diploma as Ballet Teacher in Cuba and has been teaching for more than 25 years for professional levels and elementary ballet schools. She was one of the founder ballet dancers of the Professional Ballet Company of Santiago of Cuba in 1990, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and Jorge Lefebvre choreographer and artistic director of Royal Ballet of Wallonie at that time. Ms. Rebeca performed for this company a diversity of leadings roles in classical and contemporary ballets as Coppelius Swan Lake Pas de trois, Grand Pas de Quatre, Majisimo, and many others. Ms. Maso was promoting to Coryphée after a year to join the company and was director assistant for rehearsal and company ballet classes.
In 1994, she traveled to Venezuela as guest ballet teacher to different ballet schools in the south area of this country, working in regional ballet festivals and teaching methodology of Cuban ballet school. In Venezuela she was a member of the Professional Ballet Company Nuevo Mundo of Caracas for five years under direction of Zhandra Rodriguez former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, where she performed neoclassic and contemporary works as CARMEN, Bolero of Ravel, and Khachaturian... By choreographer such as Jose Pares, Paulo Denubila, Dennis Nahant, Gabriel Castillo, Hector Montero, Maria Rovira among others, participating in European tour and International Ballet Festivals in Cuba. During her time in Venezuela she had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Metropolitan of Caracas by Artistic Director Keyla Ermecheo in different classical ballet productions like The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Rebeca also was invited from Ballet Metropolitan de Caracas to be part of the world premier “Dejando Rastro” modern dance created for four female ballet dancers by Carlos Orta who was the leading dancer and teacher with the José Limón Dance Company and director of Corearte Dance Company of Venezuela. Rebeca came to U.S in 1999 as a guest artist of Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas participating in the international Ballet in Philadelphia under artistic direction of Fernando Bujones. Rebeca Maso is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum ABT and is Faculty of Ballet Hispanico Dance School of NY for five years. Ms. Rebeca was a judge of NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for more than three years and still teaches throughout NY & NJ as guest teacher for summer intensive courses.