Artistic Staff

Victor  Trevino
Director

Victor Trevino
Artistic Director/Founder
Ballerina Assoluta Nina Minimaximova
 

Artistic Director/Founder
Mr. Trevino, the founder and artistic director of Les Ballets Grandiva and current director of Les Ballets Eloelle, Men in Tutus and Men in Pink Tights, has created various works for the company including Romeo and Juliet, Le Petite Nutcracker Suite, Spartacus, Swan Lake Act II, Bolero, Near the Middle Somewhat Below, Love Wrongs, Peridot, Minkus Gala, Pocahontas Pas, Dracula and The Changing Room, and he has staged numerous classical duets and solos. Beyond Les Ballets Grandiva his creations include The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mr. Trevino also was an original member of Ballet Florida under Marie Hale and danced with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo for ten years.  He is currently the artistic advisor for New England Ballet and is the Performance Coordinator and Liaison for Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Victor's extensive career as a Ballerina include most of the great female leads such as Odette, Odile, Giselle, Kitri, Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy, Juliet and Carmen. Mr. Trevino still enjoys the laughter of a live audience and is thrilled to be able to contribute to the dance community.

 


Dancers

Walter Battistini
Mariana Moroarlas
Walter was born in Argentina on National scholarships in dance  from the Foundation for the Arts.  He was a finalist for the Prix de Lausanne and has graduate and post graduate work in dance at the Superior Institue of Art of the Teatro Colon.  He continues his dance studies at the prestigious Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza of Argentina.He has danced with Akjun Ballet Theater of New York, Vendimia de Godoy Cruz Dance Company,  and is featured in Les Ballets Eloelle’s “Men in Pink Tights” video. 

George Callahan
Anita Pickmeyup
Mr. Callahan trained at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the Andre Eglevsky School of Ballet. and is a graduate of the Julliard School. As a Principal Dancer with The Eglevsky Ballet he danced leading roles in Coppelia, Don Quixote, Midsummer's Night Dream, Nutcracker, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Additionally he has performed works of Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Eliot Feld, Martha Graham and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Mr. Callahan also teaches ballet and has worked at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island, the American Theater Dance Workshop, 92nd Street YMCA and Studio Maestro NYC. He frequently performs as a principal guest artist with several companies internationally and is a volunteer firefighter.

Anita Pickmeyup
A former champion of the soviet women’s power lifting team, Anita has brought a certain strength and charm to the dance. A handsome woman, her muscular form has inspired the new full-length ballet “Amazon Dot Calm.” Anita’s upbeat personality is a boost to all that know her. She is best known for her portrayal of the Friendly bar girl in the ballet "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall", where she incorporates common bar gestures into a poignant portrayal of a thirst quenching wench.  Her long-range goals are to dance with the Bolshoi and to get the splits. 

Mauricio Canete
Mauricio Cañete is a native of Santiago, Chile where he began his dance training. In 1995 he was invited to join Houston Ballet by Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, and in 2000 he was promoted to soloist. Mr. Cañete’s title roles include Peter Pan, The Pied Piper, The Jester in Cinderella, Renfield in Dracula, Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and The Bugle Boy in Paul Taylor’s Company B. He has also been featured in Five Poems, Four Last Songs, and danced the title role of Ptolemy in the world premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra. His Contemporary repertoire includes Ghost Dances, Sergeants Early’s Dream, and Land by Christopher Bruce. He also danced in Second Before The Ground, Touched and Bound by Trey McIntyre.
While dancing with Houston Ballet, Mr. Cañete received notable acclaim from the international press when he performed in England, Russia, Hong Kong, Canada, Austria, Germany and China.
In 2003 Mr. Cañete join Ballet Florida by Artistic Director Marie Hale where he has danced in The Slave in Le Corsaire, The Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Smile with My Heart, Bakers Dozen, The Nutcracker, and the role of Puck in Midsummer Night Dream.  Most recently he appeared in America’s Got Talent with the Miami All-Stars.



Baris Ehran
Born in Turkey, Mr. Ehran has danced at the Istanbul State Ballet as a soloist  Gera Ballet,  Berlin Deutch Opera  Company of  Germany, Vienna State Opera, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet and Les Ballets Grandiva.  He has also performed as a guest artist in Japan and Europe. 
He has also competed in several ballet competitions including the Paris Ballet Competition where he was a Finalist and the Vienna Ballet Competition where he won  5th Place.

Carlos Garcia
Imelda Hardtoes
Born in Quezon City, Philipines, Carlos began his training at Chameleon Dance Theater. He continued his training on scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Carlos has many years of experience dancing as a male ballerina andhas danced lead female roles that include Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Paquita, Spring Waters and Odette in Swan Lake.
He has Danced for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Les Ballets Grandiva and now for Les Ballets Eloelle.

Imelda Hardtoes
The former first lady of Philippine dance, Imelda left her homeland under dubious circumstances. This "Thrilla from Manila" was granted Artistic asylum by Grandiva and brings with her a wealth of experience and 4532 pairs of designer point shoes.


Kevin Grant
Kevin Grant started his training at Fort Wayne Ballet, where he trained for 7 years on full scholarship.  He then furthered his training on scholarship at Butler University and at the New American Youth Ballet. He has received acceptances and scholarships to the Washington Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, The Rock School, and the Ailey School among others. He has been offered traineeships from both Ballet Austin and Georgia Ballet. His repertory has included soloist and principle roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares and Valse Fantasie, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris, Paquita,  Coppelia, and many contemporary works. He has been both a guest dancer and teacher in numerous schools in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Currently, Mr. Grant is on the primary ballet staff of New American Youth Ballet where he teaches all levels of ballet. His students have received numerous scholarships to the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet,  and San Francisco Ballet just to name a few.


Randy Herrera
Mr. Herrera began his studies at the Chicago academy for the arts in 1994-98 where he studied under the direction of Anna Paskevska, Claire Bataille and Randy Duncan. He was also trained at the School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet school. Mr. Herrera has been in several competitions and has received many awards including the prestigious Princess Grace award. He was a member of the Joffrey ballet from 1999-01 and danced with Houston ballet, one of America’s most distinguished dance companies, as a Principal dancer for nine years. Currently Mr. Herrera is a guest artist both nationally and internationally.

Ari Mayzick
Born of an American father and a Finnish mother, he is a Recipient of the Princess Grace Award of Excellence for 1999/2000, Mr. Mayzick recently danced with Scapino Ballet. He has also danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Sean Curran Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, the Pascal Rioutt Dance Theater Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Les Ballets Grandiva and now for Les Ballets Eloelle and with the Metropolitan Opera in their production of Aida. He has appeared in music videos, television series, Off-Broadway shows, movies and has also modeled. Ari thanks his mother for giving him all of her love and support.
Times. His work can be seen in magazine print ads as well as in television commercials. Muniz designed costumes for American figure skater Sarah Hughes and was featured on ABC television creating and executing the costume

Jhonatan Mendez  
Alina Coakvilduju

began dancing at the age of 9 in Cali, Colombia at the Colombian Institute for Classical Ballet. During his 8 years at the school his studies included extensive work in ballet, modern, folklore and character dance. He obtained dance degrees from ballet-centered, secondary and higher-level institutions where he was educated by ballet masters Gloria Castro, Helena Cala, Maria Helena Llorente, as well as teachers from the National Ballet of Cuba. Upon graduation, he joined Incolballet, Colombia’s premier dance company. After attending American Ballet Theatre's 2007 Summer Intensive in NYC, Jhonatan received a full scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, under the direction of Franco De Vita. Jhonatan performed as a guest artist with Dances Patrelle for their 2009 production ofThe Nutcracker and their 2010 Spring season. In May 2010, Jhonatan graduated from the JKO School at ABT and performed with Avi Scher and Dancers at the Kennedy Center.Jhonatan joined Les Ballet GranDiva in june 2010 and was a cguest artist with Alberta Ballet for their 2010 Nutcracker season.

Mr. Alexis Mercado  
Tamara Chilirojo

is a native from Puerto Rico.  He began his training at the age of twelve at Harlem School of Arts in New York City. 1997 he returned to his native country and continued his training with Roberto Rodriguez at the performing art high school Julian E. Blanco. He joined Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico where he became a soloist.  In 1998 he was invited and joined the National ballet of the Dominican Republic. In 1999 he won second place at the JamNation dance competition winning a scholarship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  In addition, he was selected to be part of the television show Star Search America. In 2000 he joined and toured with Les Juene Ballet du France working with Nicholas Musin and Christian Bakalov and studied at the Paris Opera Ballet.  He received a proclamation from the Puerto Rico senate where he was awarded most promising dancer of his native country.  In 2001 he became a member of Les Ballet GranDiva where he danced a variety of featured roles for five years and had the chance to travel all around the world. He also was a  guest artist and teacher to the Rochester Dance Company and joined the Minnesota Dance Theater where he got the chance to dance works from choreographers Loyce Holton, Elisa Montes and Hope Boyken.

Tamara Chilirojo
Young of spirit and fresh like fish, Tamara radiates a sense of naivete with her "who, me?" countenance and her "why her?" competitiveness. Though detractors have criticized her as still being "green", she wants to once and for all to white-out that claim. The condition was long ago cleared up with antibiotics supplied by her Aunt Violet. Tamara is definitely on a new rosy red path and  audiences will soon be able to appreciate this newcomer's virginal virtues in any role she can scratch and crawl her way into. Oh Tamara, Tamara...we love ya, Tamara.


Joel Morris
Margot Funtyme

Born in the UK and currently living in South Africa, Joel trained at the Royal Ballet School and The Central School of Ballet, and received scholarships at the Royal Danish Ballet and ABT. He has danced with Ballet de Zaragosa (Spain), The Atlanta Ballet, English National Ballet, City Ballet of London, K- Ballet of Japan, The South African Ballet, and Les Ballets Grandiva . Joel has also had several British television appearances including the role of the Prince of Wales in "The Life and Times of Queen Victoria".

Oswaldo Muñiz (Dancer, Costume Designer)  
Cookie Krum

Trained at the School of American Ballet on scholarship Mr. Muñiz has performed as a principal dancer with the Eglevsky Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Edward Villella and Dancers, Ballet Oklahoma, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Chicago, The Garden State Ballet, Les Grands Ballets de Loony, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has been a guest artist with many other companies including Berlin State Opera Ballet.  

As a costume designer Mr. Muniz has created costumes for soloists from the New York City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, The Garden State Ballet, Les Grands Ballets de Loony and for the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has received excellent notices in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times. His work can be seen in magazine print ads as well as in television commercials. Muniz designed costumes for American figure skater Sarah Hughes and was featured on ABC television creating and executing the costumes.  He has received excellent notices in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, which said of his work “After Mr. Muniz retires from dance; he will not have to worry about a second career”.  His designs can be seen in magazines such as Vogue and Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine where a wedding gown he created was shown.   

Suffering from split personality disorder, Ms. Cookie Krum is one of the alter egos  to  Ms. Ginger "Cookie" Snapps.  Ms. Krum is of Romanian royal ancestry and was trained by the Colonel de Keebler  in whose company  she became popular dancing the full complement of Ballet Suites. Her metabolic rise to stardom resulted in her becoming too big for the company. Alas, she crumbled into three seperate personas, The truimphant Ginger Snapps, the shy Cookie Krum and a male seamstress Chip that specializes in women's undergarments.  After a 12 step residency she triumphantly returned to Keebler to dance the Sugar Plump Fairy. A failed coup attempt created a sticky situation landing her on her bun, destroying her self esteem into tiny pieces. It was at this point that we picked her up (no small feat) and are proud to include her as a major ingredient in our recipe for success.  We are hoping to scoop up all that is Ms. Krum and assemble her back to her full crunchy glory . 

Roberto Rosario Pineiro

Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Started his ballet trainning at 11 at the performing arts
school Esc. Julian E. Blanco and joined the Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto, official school
of the company Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. At the age of 16 he received a scholarship to
enter the School of American Ballet, official school of New York City Ballet. He became a soloist
at 18 for Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Principal Male dancer at 24.  At the age of 28 he joined Ballet Hispanico in NYC and New York Theatre Ballet. He is a guest dancer with Bay City Ballet in Tampa Florida, directed by Mr.Mark Jelks. Roberto has performed in Spain , Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia , Singapore, Egypt, Aruba and the United States. In the year 2002 Mr.Rosario was awarded by the Ateneo of Puerto Rico Best Male dancer, and in 2005 he made his debut as choreographer presenting his piece "A-MEN".
Roberto has worked with many renowned teachers and choreographers such as: Christian Holder, Christopher Flemmings, Jimmy Gamionet de los Heros, Roberto Rodriguez, Denise Eliza, Rebeca Canchani, Robert la Fose, Nana Badrena, Miguel Campaneria, Ana Sanchez Colberg, Carlos Cabrera, Carlos Ivan Santos.



Philip Joseph Sicat
Born in Japan Philip started dancing at the Manila Dance Center, training under Tony Fabella, Luther Perez, and Eddie Elejar, and continued his studies at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He joined Ballet Philipinnesr in 2007 and in the same year won Third Prize at the NAMCYA Junior Ballet Division. He also served as the alma mater’s resident ballet teacher in 2009-2010.In 2010, I became a company member and essayed the title role in Edna Vida’s Peter Pan and the solo role Pedro in Don Quixote. I won Third Prize at the 2010 NAMCYA Senior Ballet Division and competed at the First Boston International Ballet Competition in 2011.

 

Malachi Squires (Alternate)
Mr. Squires trained at Marin Dance Theater, Lines in San Francisco and at the Houston
Ballet Academy. Professionally he has danced with Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet,
Laurence Pech Dance Company, and Les Ballets Grandiva.

 

Wataru Tokue (Alternate)  
Hana Kawaii

Born in Japan, Mr. Tokue has performed internationally and trained in Novosibirsk, Russia and in Sapporo, Japan.  He has been a member of Les Ballets Grandiva for five years and has performed most of the female leads in the classic repertoire.  He also has performed as an invited guest dancer throughout Japan.

Allen Dennis (Guest Artist)
Karina
Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Dennis' first major public appearance was at age 14 on the television game show "The Joker’s Wild". He studied acting at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, dance at Marin Ballet and holds a B.A. in dance theater from an insignificant college in California. He has toured the world as Karina for 26 years giving him the dubious distinction of being the "most senior" male ballerina absoluto in the world.

Long of leg, in the tooth and winded, Ms. cannot recall life before the dance or her last name. However, she is more than happy to talk about it. This philosopher ballerina's claims of being born a ballerina cannot be substantiated, but a pair of pointe booties at the Smithsonian do support this arcane lore. Self-credited with originating many classical ballet steps including the fascinating maximum minamalist pirouette, and eschewing them as they came into style, Karina can truly be called a woman ahead of her time... or out of it.  She was born to do ballet, we are still waiting for her to finish talking about it and doing it. 

 

 




Slyvie Gruyere|


This French/American hybrid has a distinct lactic flair. Her legs longer, prettier and always higher than required have become a trademark that her public has come to expect. Miss Gruyere takes offense at the attack by some of her colleagues that she is cheesy and tasteless. She graciously forgives these comments knowing they are rooted in understandable jealousy. Also she would like to forgive all her fellow ballerinas for not being French.



Pearl Lee Gates
There has been a great anticipation to see St. Petersburg's own Pearl Lee Gates. Her heavenly performances have created such a stir that audiences are dying to see her. Although she has been accused of being a bit judgmental, considering her lofty ideals she is deservedly the final arbiter of what is truly good. Pearl’s early career included appearances in fried chicken commercials where she sang, “look at this chicken, Honey.” Feeling she could rise above her poultry singing career Pearl took up toe dancing. The rest is history.



Felina Pordubravska

Armed with a great knowledge of classical ballet, Felina has elbowed her way to stand shoulder to shoulder with the great ballerinas of our time. But she would give her right arm to reach superstar status, which is well within her grasp.



CarolinaCarolina was not always the beautiful swan you see today. When the term "’cubist’ was first attributed to her it was a physical description. A firm believer that ‘dysfunction follows deformity’, she decided to re-define and re-design herself. Meticulously selecting color texture and fabric, Carolina embarked on a never-landish journey (of Jacksonian proportions) in pursuit of physical perfection...i.e. plastic surgery. Beginning with instep augmentation, she worked her way from the ground up, and is now waiting for her Liz Taylor Irises, which are on back order. A step-by-step chronology of her numerous procedures can be found in The Silicone Valley of the Dolls, a tell-all expose of herself and various gal-pals. Here the Bionic Ballerina writes, "I am an artist...I am my canvas...I seem to have misplaced my left eye..." In addition to ballet and doctor’s appointments, Carolina is a full-time defendant in multiple lawsuits which make claim to her name.

Luscia Mascara 
Lasting beauty best describes this "new and improved" ballerina developed in Spain. Mascara's attributes are clearly evident in the diverse roles she has covered: In Ondine, she proves she could withstand water and not run; in Giselle her interpretation is fuller, darker and thicker than "the others"; in Dances at a Gathering she stands out, separating herself from the clump; and in the Balanchine repertory she appears long, longer, longest!! And throughout all of these tests, not one animal was harmed!!!


Maria Swarovski
is not just another ballet Barbie. Long legged and possessed of crystalline technique her brilliance has helped move this lovely beauty from small town to uptown. It is clear that her artistry is multi-faceted and also that she has realistic nontoxic moveable parts.


Staff

Marcus Galante
Choreographer
Mr. Galante has worked extensively as a choreographer and teacher in various countries. He trained at the American Ballet Theater School and the School of American Ballet, and was also a trainee at the Harkness School of Dance.

His career includes dancing with the Chicago Lyric Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and he was a soloist with both the National Ballet of South Africa and CAPAB Ballet Company.

His work on Broadway includes singing, dancing, and acting in A Chorus Line, Pippin and Carousel, and he has
created works for Ballet Chicago, Garden State Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, The Buffalo Opera and many more.

Mr. Galante has done film and television choreography, and in 1995 he was nominated for a Dance In Film Award by the Dance Film Association. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for
the Arts and five grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance He is also the founder and artistic director of Les Grands Ballets de Loony.

As a teacher, Mr. Galante has been on faculty of some of the most prestigious schools in the country including the Alvin Ailey School, Pennsylvania Ballet School and Company, The Pacific Northwest Ballet, Lines Contemporary Ballet Company, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Steps in New York, Broadway Dance Center and has also taught in Japan. As a musician he trained at the Manhattan School of Music in piano and has played for every major ballet school in New York.


Jose Coronado
Costume Designer
Mr. Coronado has extensive experience designing and constructing costumes for dance companies and solo artists, and he has also run his own dance company and been a member of Ballet Folklorico of Mexico.

For Les Ballets Grandiva he created costumes for Swan Lake, Coppelia, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, Corsaire, Vivandiere Pas de Six, Satanella, Coppelia, Dying Swan, Bayadere, Spectre de la Rose, Afternoon of a Faun,
Happy Birthday Variations, Spartacus, Romeo and Juliet and The Ice Skaters.

Philip Carroll
Musical Direction
Mr. Carroll attended Manhattan School of Music where he majored in voice.

In addition to running his own recording studio he has performed with the Aspen Opera Theater, John Brownley Theater and the Bard Music Festival.

He has done collaborative work with several dance companies including the Amy Pivar Dance Company and with several short films. He is certified in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and teaches music at Greenwich Music House.


Production Staff

Choreographers
Peter Anastos
Marcus Galante
Brian Reeder
Victor Trevino
Matt Williams

Music
Philip Carroll

Costume Designers
Jose Coronado
Tom Augustine
Kate Carroll
Steven Epstien
Christina Giannini
Oswaldo Muniz
Laurel Parrish
Christine Pascall
Clara Poteau
David Paulin
Thom J. Peterson
Katherine Shak

Set Designers
Cobalt Studios
Jorge Gallardo
Martin Izquierdo
Ambun Mori

Photography
Steven Caras
Kenn Hopkins
Eduardo Patino

Legal
Barry Gilman, Jennifer M. Cowan, Hayes Stover of Kirkpatrick Lockhart & Nickolson, Graham

Publicity
Kevin Mcanarney
Official Studios

Official Rehearsal Studios
The New 42nd Street Studios


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