ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

 

 JOSE ANGEL CARRET 

 

 

 

 Born in Sagua La Grande,Villa Clara,Cuba,  Jose A  Carret graduated from The School of  Art for Instructors in 1991.  José was a principal dancer and choreographer for Danza Espiral from Matanzas, Cuba for ten years, and toured extensively throughout Cuba, Canada, Spain and the Caribbean Islands. He has won prestigious awards as a dancer and choreographer in Cuban Competitions such as: Grand Prix National Award: “Diana Alfonso” ,“ Segismundo “ ,  “Diana Alfonso “ “Danzan Dos “, “Solamente Solo” and worked as a principal dancer and choreographer.  Founder and Artistic Director of Danza Corpus from Matanzas, Cuba (2001)  Has extensive teaching and coaching experience with several Dance Schools in Cuba such as Escuela de Superacion Profesional de Matanzas. Has been commissioned to choreograph special solos for advanced students of the National Ballet School of Cuba, for International Ballet Competitions.  He has more than 38 works of choreography to his credit.  A number of his choreographies have been featured in festivals such as The International Festival of Ballet of La Havana. A particular honour was a choreography created to celebrate a Cuban National Gala in honor of the legendary Prima Ballerina, Mme. Alicia Alonso of the Cuban National Ballet.His choreographic works are in the repertoire of several companies in Cuba: such as Danza Fragmentada and Danza Libre from Guantanamo. He has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Narciso Medina and Ramiro Guerra.  As a principal dancer, José toured Canada with Decidedly Jazz Dance Works, from Calgary, AB, in their production of “Bulla" 2005.José’s first choreographic work in Canada was “Dimension Cubana “and premiered at Lula Lounge, Toronto, 2009.  In 2010 he danced and created :“ Cuban Collage”( Toronto)  Jose has taught dance workshops at Morning Star Middle School in Mississauga, during 2010-11-12. José was a guest dancer for:

o   The Newton Moraes Dance Company

o   Akawaba in Toronto, 2009-2010,

o   Erie Music Festival of Toronto, 2010 

o   Afro-Caribbean Dance Group ,2012

o   International Conference of Blacks in Dance, Toronto, 2012.

o   Jose has been the Artistic Director of the International Summer Dance Meeting:  Temporada Open Space in Cuba since 2011.

 

     Other guesting experience:

o   Guest teacher for Oakville School of Dance (2007)  

o   Guest teacher and choreographer for Ballet Creole since 2008. 

o   The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble (2008).

o   Guest choreographer for Ballet Jorgen’ Solos and Duets season 2011-12.

Presently José Carret is a free- lance dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Since 2014 he is the contemporary dance teacher at The Cuban Ballet School in Hamilton ON. Currently teaches Cuban contemporary dance fusion classes in Toronto.



 Since 2013 Jose is  the artistic director of DANZA CORPUS CANADA , a collective and  multicultural  dance ensemble , with  two annual productions.

Jose is proud to continue his career  as a free lance  dancer , teacher and choreographer ,representing his Cuban Heritage in Canada.

Guest Teacher 

Mercedes Bernardez

 

Argentinian born Mercedes Bernardez had an international performing career as a principal dance, assistant director, artistic director and as ballet mistress in several ballet companies from Argentina Chile and Venezuela. 

Throughout her career, she danced the leading roles of classical ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake , and many contemporary  ballet/ dance works .

Mercedes came to Canada in 1997 to act as Artistic Director for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada Later on she worked as Ballet Mistress for the Alberta Ballet. In Alberta Ballet she worked side by side with top Canadian choreographers   such as  Jean Grand Maitre( Alberta Ballet Artistic Director)  Margie Gillis , Sabrina Matthews , and also performed character roles  with the Alberta  Ballet ,  notable the Nurse in  Jean Grand Maitre's  "Romeo and Juliet".

 In 2006 she worked as Jean Grand Maitre’s Assistant for his creation with the National Ballet of Cuba for the International Ballet Festival of La Havana, Cuba . Mercedes worked as a guest teacher for Richmond Academy of Dance (Vancouver, 2008) , Oakville School of Dance (2000-2008)The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, Hamilton(08-09) Interplay,(Toronto 2010) and as Adjudicator for Dance Manitoba (2000).

Since 2005, she has been a guest teacher for Danza Corpus’s community workshops and company classes in Matanzas, Cuba. Mercedes was one of the three Canadian choreographers who participated in Danza Corpus 10th  Anniversary celebrations last June 2011 in Matanzas, Cuba and created a Tango Duet : “Compas Criollo”  .Mercedes is presently teaching company class for the National Ballet of Canada ,Ballet Jorgen (Toronto) and    for Starsonstage  Dance and Performing School (Caledonia) Dance Elite (Milton) and The  National Ballet of Canada  In Studio program(Toronto) . Mercedes is  the  Artistic Advisor for Les Pettit Ballet (Ottawa)and a free-lance ballet mistress and choreographer. 

 

Rehearsal Director 

 

Isis Edelys Alfonso Landa

 

Isis born in the city the Matanzas , and  began  taking Gymnastics  in the School Luis Augusto Turcios Lima ,and later on  she trained and  developed  her  vast experience in Popular Dance , Afro-Cuban , Ballet ,Modern and Contemporary Dance , beside her mentor Gerardo Orta.

Isis has performed in many shows and events for the Tourisms and Community Events  and worked with many well knows  cuban artists as Rosa Fornet .

Isis joined  Danza Corpus’s staff as rehearsal director in November , 2011 , and is sharing  her 16 years of professional experience  to  DC ‘s versatile dancers . 

 

 

Osvaldo Mules Aldama ( Dancer)

 

Osvaldo  was born in  Matanzas in 1987 and began his  dance training in 2010  attending  Danza Corpus ‘s community workshops  with classes  taught by Artistic Director Jose  A. Carret  and other dance instructors such as Antonio Gonzalez Fajardo , Marisela Hernandez,Angel Servia from Cuba and guest artists from Canada :  Mercedes  Bernardez , Patrick Parson , Newton Moraes .

Osvaldo  performed for Danza Corpus ‘s 10 anniversary in the city of Matanzas  and joined Danza Corpus in 2013 , performed at Temporada Open Space having the chance to share the stage with national and international dancers .  

 

 

Lisandra Moran Castellon (Dancer)

 

Born in the city of Matanzas, Lisandra’s love and passion for dance started at the age of eight while taking workshops with “Nueva Esperanza” from Matanzas. She completed her formal training at the Alfonso Perez Isaac Vocational School of Art, in Matanzas, and is very excited to be working with Danza Corpus’s Artistic Director Jose Carret. Lisandra has participated in several events and festivals in Cuba, and she  has an energetic and joyful approach to her work .

 

                                    

 

 

Luanny  Pacheco Diaz(Dancer)

 

Luanny  began her interest in dance at the age of 9 y.o after trained in gymnastic, she  began  her dance  training in  Casa de la Cultura in Villa Clara , where she trained in Afro Cuban , Modern Dance , and participated in communities events such as Carnivals and  popular acts .

After moving to the city of Matanzas she attended dance workshops with the company Danza Espiral under the Artistic Directionship of Lillian  Padron .

Luanny was part of the amateur groups from the  University of  Medical Science and the Pedagagic “  Juan Marinello” and proudely joined Danza Corpus in 2013.

 

 Rodelay Garcia Gimenez(Dancer)

 

 Rodelay began dancing in 2000 in his home town  Matanzas ,received his dance training at School of Tropicana in  Varadero , and continue his professional training with Artistic Director Jose Carret . Rodelay had participated in several events in the city of Matanzas  such as , Carnavals,Rumba Festivals with the group of Gerardo Orta : " A mil maneras". Participated in  the International Film Festivals opening shows since 2009. In 2011 Rodelay was a guest dancer for Ballet Creole in Canada as part as a cultural exchange in between Cuba and Canada.Rodelay is a proud member of Danza Corpus  since 2008 . 

Chabelys Zambrana Gonzalez (Dancer)

 

 

Chabelys love for dance began when she was 5 years old attending ballet workshops at Casa de  la Cultura Bonifacio  Byrne , where she trained for six years .Later trained in Cuban popular and afrocuban  dance classes , and participated in several community events .

Chabelys continued her training  with Danza Espiral ‘s dance workshops . Her first work experience was with  the company Somos Cuba under the  Artistic Directionship of  Carlos Diaz .Since June 2013 Chabelys is  working with Danza Corpus and participated in International  Summer event Temporada Open Space in Matanzas . 

Greysis Yaniris Dominguez Lopez (Dancer)

 

Greysis   was born in  Matanzas is 1992 and  began  her dancing  exposure dancing for   festivities parades . she  trained  as a gymnastic  .   Greysis   created   works with popular Cuban music and dance to be performed in communities events in  the ciry of Matanzas .

 

 

 Greysis trained  with Danza Corpus Artistic Director Jose Carret in the community dance workshops and  Danza Corpus workshops   and International Instructors  :  Patrick Parson ,  Newton Moraes and Mercedes Bernardez from Canada  in 2011 . Greysis  collaborated for  Danza Corpus X Anniversary ( 2011) .   Greysis worked with Conjunto Artistico Comunitario of Corimacao in the Cienaga de Zapata , danced with the company Sol del  Caribe and joined Danza Corpus  in 2013 .

Yerandy Munoz Garcia( Dancer)

 

Yerandy began his dance training at the  Vocacional School of Art:  Alfonso Pere Isaac in Matanzas ,  graduating in 2011.He participated in several dance competitions and festivals  during his training  ,  danced for  popular events in the city of Matanzas such as the 50th Anniversary of the Militar Force .

 

 

Yerandy joined Danza Corpus in June 2013 and participated in Danza Corpus  ‘s International  event Temporada Open Space where he had the opportunity to dance with  guest national and international dancers .

Yosiel  Robledo Sosa (Dancer)

  

 

 Yosiel was born in the province or Villa Clara in the city of Sagua La Grande in 1991. He began his dance training in La Habana with  dance instructor   Luis Roblejo that gave him the chance to  participate in Cubadanza .  Since  2008 he continued his   dance training  with Danza Corpus ‘s community workshops  under the Direction of Jose Carret . Later  on he worked at the project Corimacao in Cienaga de Zapata .  In July 27 , 2013 Yosiel successful  accomplished the provincial evaluation as a professional dancer and joined Danza Corpus  in June 2013. 

                           MUSICIANS

 

Ricardo Almendariz Bergolla

 

Ricardo a native of Matanzas, is a trained musician who began playing for Festivals in La Havana,  and  with the group Afro Yumurino in the late 1970s.  Later on, Ricardo worked for: Afro Caribe,,OBBA- TOLA,  Roche Tropical  in Varadero,  Vinet and his Hot Rumba in La Havana Cafe, and with OBBA ILE. He has been a proud member of Danza Corpus since 2008.

 

 

                                       

 

 Reinol E. Ferran Borron 

 

 

 Reinol from   Matanzas , began his artistic career in 1993 with the Folk Group  as a dancer and percussionist, and later on he worked with several  groups such as “ Los Milagrosos” until 1999

Reinol was a choreographer and percussionist with the group Rumba Son .  Also he is a founder  percussionist of the production “Alturas de Simpson’   

Reinol joined  Danza Corpus  as a percussionist  for  in June 2013 .