|OPEN ADULT PROGRAM FACULTY 2014|
Richard Amaro (Jazz) - a multi-talented dancer, teacher and director/choreographer, began his career dancing with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. He appeared on Broadway in the original companies of Jerome Robbins Broadway, Dangerous Games, and as Chita Rivera's partner in The Dancer's Life. Mr. Amaro also appeared in the national tours of Kiss of The Spiderwoman, and in West Side Story where he played the role of Bernardo. He has performed with top artists including Michael Jackson, Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Bolton and Vanessa Williams. He appeared in the films The Mambo Kings and Jeffrey. Mr. Amaro conceived, directed, choreographed and performed in An Evening of Latin Rhythms for BC/EFA in NY. He was associate director/choreographer of a Dreamgirls national tour and of Lounge 2200 for Miami City Ballet. He recently choreographed videos by famed photographer Bruce Weber for A & F and Ralph Lauren. Currently Richard is the choreographer for Magic City the new STARZ TV series in which he also appears as a featured performer. Mr. Amaro, who has has taught master classes around the world, teaches jazz at Miami City Ballet School.
Roberto Dias (Jazz) - was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Dias has an extensive career in his native country and in the United States. Mr. Dias is a well known choreographer, director and dance instructor who has choreographed for television, motion picture, theater and various international productions including "Aida"and "Porgy and Bess". He is trained in Modern, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz modalities. He has taught in renowned ballet schools in Brazil such as Dalal Achcar, Maria Olenewa and Tatiana Leskova. In the field of modern and jazz, he has performed under the direction of prestigious Brazilian dance icons such as Marly Tavares, Regina Sauer, Carlota Portela and Regina Miranda. His credits also encompass a memorable performance in Maurice Bejart's Bolero de Ravel (1987,Brazil). His training in the United States has been equally impressive; he has studied at Luigi's Jazz Centre NYC, Alvin Ailey Dance School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center. He has taught master classes at the Miami Dade Community College, Florida International University,Miami Arts Charter School and University of Miami in Miami, FL. He has won two choreography awards at the "Rio de Janeiro Dance Festival" ( 1990/1991)) in Rio de Janeiro, BR; received "Best Choreography" and "Best Dancer" Miami awards by ACCA (1996/1997) and "Outstanding Achievement in Dance Instruction" from In Motion Performing Arts Center in Miami, FL. Mr. Dias also choreographed for celebrities such as Rick Martin, Nell Carter, Matt Dillon, Pery Ribeiro, Liza Minelli, Helio Castroneves in Dancing with Stars.
Colleen Farnum (Contemporary) - Upon graduating in dance from the Jefferson Performing Arts high school in Portland, Oregon, Colleen was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance, New York City. Colleen Farnum graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance performance and choreography. She has since danced in the choreographies of Amanda Miller, Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, David Dorfman and David Parsons. She danced in New York City professionally with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She also toured the United States with the H.O.R.D.E. Festival; choreographing and dancing for the bands Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors. In Miami, she was the principal dancer, choreographer and assistant director of Dance Now! Miami, for seven years. During the last nine years she was a dancer, the rehearsal director, and assistant artistic director of Miami Contemporary Dance Company. This preeminent performing arts organization has toured nationally and internationally. She is the director of Atma Dance: a yoga dance company, which is currently in residence at the Miami Life Center. Ms. Farnum is also on the faculty of the Miami City Ballet’s and Joffrey Ballet’s summer intensive programs. As a yogi for the last 25 years, Colleen travelled to Mysore, India and studied under the tutelage of Sri K Patthabi Jois, the creator of Ashtanga yoga. Ms. Farnum is dedicated to teaching students of all artistic disciplines the various aspects of yoga and dance.
Kris Kramer (Ballet) - was born in upstate New York, where she began her training at the Saugerties Ballet Center and later attended the Albany Dance Institute, under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer, David Otto. During the summers, she studied at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Chatauqua Dance Institute. Kris joined Miami City Ballet in 2001, after being a scholarship student at Miami City Ballet School and apprenticing for the Company for a year. During her six years with MCB, she was featured in ballets such as Giselle, Edward Villella's "THE QUICK-STEP: Unspeakable Jazz Must Go!", George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, among others.
Suzanne Limbrunner (BALLET) - joined Miami City Ballet in 2010 and is currently a member of the corps de ballet. She has been featured as Arabian/Coffee in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Jerome Robbins' In The Night, Alexei Ratmansky's Symphonic Dances, and as Prayer in Coppélia. Prior to joining MCB she spent six years abroad in France with the Ballet de l'Opera National de Bordeaux under the directorship of Charles Jude, where she was the first American dancer accepted into the company proceeding the Concours National. While there, she worked with ballet masters, including Charles Jude, Elizabeth Platel, Cyril Atanasoff, José Martinez, Patric Dupont, Thierry Malandain and among others. She performed in numerous tours with the ballet in Spain, France, Sicily, and Italy, including a two week residence in Venice at La Fenice. Suzanne aspires to share her unique combination of French-American ballet style with her students and encourages every dancer to seek, discover and challenge themselves in her class with a positive uplifting approach.
Jessica Matlin (YOGA) - was born and raised in London, England. Following a successful career as a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera House, she first discovered yoga when she moved to Miami. She quickly fell in love with the physical power it gave her, coupled with the calming effect on the mind and senses. After noticing how her whole life had been touched by yoga, she wanted to share this with others by becoming a yoga teacher.
DeAnn Petruschke (BALLET) - began training at the School of Cleveland Ballet under the tutelage of Daniel Job and Roni Mahler. She continued her training at the School of American Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Milwaukee Ballet Schools. During Ms. Petruschkes' ballet career she danced as a soloist and in the corps de ballet for Ballet Arizona, Cleveland Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Gamonet. While performing with the Grand Rapids Ballet, she joined the school faculty. Ms. Petruschke has continued her teaching career as faculty and guest instructor at schools in Michigan, Ohio and South Florida, where she has been a faculty member at the Miami City Ballet since June 2012.
Emily Tedesco (CONTEMPORARY) - Emily's passion for dance has evolved from a focus on ballet to contemporary and modern work. She was selected as one of eight to train with Ms. Suzanne Farrell and Paul Mejia as a part of the Cedar Islands Ballet Program. Her formal ballet education also includes a full merit scholarship at the prestigious School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School to study year round. Professionally, Emily has performed with contemporary companies; The TOC Project working with Lara Tinari and Tomas Mazuch, as well as Wideman/Davis Dance under the direction of Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman. She has also performed with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. In addition, her diverse professional experience includes performing in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and the Phantom of the Opera of Las Vegas, and participating in the National Choreographic Initiative.
Miami City Ballet School students. Photo © Bruce Hibbs.