JOSE ANGEL CARRET
Born in Sagua La Grande,Villa Clara,Cuba, graduated from The School of Art for Instructors in 1991,worked as a principal dancer and choreographer for Danza Espiral from Matanzas (1991-2001) and in 2001 founded Danza Corpus ,with the mission to preserve Afro-Cuban Culture .Taught in several Dance Schools and Cultural Institutions in Cuba , and at Oakville School of Dance(2007),Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble(2009)Canada.
Had created works for the students of: The National Ballet School of Cuba for International Ballet Competitions and for the National School of Afro-Cuban Dance and Theatre and Musical School in La Havana .
Awarded choreographer with more than 30 works ,some of them had been featured in festivals and galas in Cuba and abroad , including a Cuban National Gala in
honor of the legendary Prima Ballerina :Mme Alicia Alonso of the Cuban National Ballet for the International Ballet Festival of La Havana .His choreographic works are in the repertoire
of several companies in Cuba such as Danza Fragmentada and Danza Libre of Guantanamo.Won prestigious awards as a dancer and choreographer and had been recognized for his work as
a dancer, choreographer and artistic director by the city of Matanzas :UNEAC( National Artists Union of Cuba)Film Asociation for his creations at the International Film Festival and the
Asociation Hermanos Saiz in the city of Matanzas and in Canada by Decidedly Jazz Dance Works , and the Cuban Consulate in Toronto .
Danced in Canada with Decidedly Jazz Dance Works from Calgary , AB, with DJDW production of " Bulla" and toured in Spain and the Caribeen Islands with Danza Espiral,and worked with many well known choreographers such as Narciso Medina and Ramiro Guerra ( Cuba) Vicky Willis, Hanna Stilwell (Canada) .Toured in Spain , Guadalupe
Nevis with Danza Espiral from Matanzas , Cuba .
In June 2008 premiered his work “ Dimension Cubana “ at Lula Lounge,Toronto and in 2010 performed and premiered his second work in Canada: " Cuban Collage" at Unity Church Toronto .
Performed as a guest dancer for Newton Moraes Dance Company and for Akawaba in Toronto, 2009-2010. Jose has been a guest teacher for Ballet Creole since 2008 and premiered his piece "Antagonisms" for the Ballet Creole Professional Program( 2010) and Ballet Creole Company( 2011) also created two works for Ballet Jorgen " Solos and Duets" seasons 2011-12 ( " Where is the exit" , " Last Encounter") Danced as a guest artist with Dance Immersion at the Erie Music Festival with his solo " I feel they are calling me " and represented Cuba and Danza Corpus at the 24th International Conference of Blacks in Dance ( Toronto) In 2012 was a guest dancer with Afro-Caribben Dance Group performing at the Fleck Theatre in Toronto and at Canada Day in Parliament Hill (Ottawa) with the production " Black Corps the war of 1812' and in 2013 was a the guest dancer who performed for Alucine International Film Festival opening ceremony in Toronto
Jose is proud to continue his artistic mission in Canada , as a free lance dancer , teacher and choreographer representing his Cuban Heritage in Canada and abroad.
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 in Toronto, as well as for Starsonstage (Caledonia) Dance Elite (Milton) and National Ballet of Canada In Studio programme(Toronto) . Mercedes is an Artistic Advisor for Les Petit Ballet (Ottawa)and a free-lance ballet mistress and choreographer.
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.
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 .