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LEADERSHIP


Cristóbal Márquez                                         
Founder & Artistic Director of
Ballet Conservatory of Salt Lake City
 



 Cristóbal Márquez is a native of Santiago, Chile.  His dance training began  at the Teatro de Municipal de Chile and the University of Chile.  
Cristóbal came to the United States at the invitation of Houston Ballet and later had professional dance contracts with Colorado Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, and as soloist for Nevada Ballet Theatre.  Marquez went on to guest for Roswell Ballet Theatre, Queen City Ballet, Ballet Fantastique and Denver Ballet.  Representing the Republic of Chile at the Lincoln Center in N.Y.C. in 2005, he danced the pas de deux from La Fille Mal Gardee.  He has worked with directors Ivan Nagy (retired from Ballet Santaigo), Ben Stevenson (Texas Ballet Theatre), Martin Friedman (Kirov Academy Washington D.C.), Ricardo Bustamante (San Francisco Ballet).  Marquez has danced under Hector Zaraspe (retired as Director of Julliard) and  choreographers Michael Pink (Milwaukee Ballet), Christopher Wheeldon (New York City Ballet), Peter Anastos (Idaho Ballet) and many others.  
Cristóbal still performs as a guest artist and has served as guest faculty for ballet intensives while also privately coaching students for international ballet competitions.  Cristóbal's passion for teaching began in Chile while working for Remolino Dance Theatre and the Ministry of Education for the Performing Arts.  In this capacity he performed at international festivals throughout South America and had the honor of performing for the President of Chile.  In 2009, Marquez was an advisor at the American Ballet Competition.
 
Cristóbal Márquez's venture in Salt Lake City began as co-founder of both the Salt Lake Ballet Conservatory and the Salt Lake City Ballet Conservatory in Utah.  In April 2010 he opened his own Ballet Conservatory of Salt Lake City and he is very excited to bring a vivaciousness to the dance community.
 

ARTISTIC STAFF

                                
Cora Lazalde 
 Ballet Teacher 


   Was born in Taipei City, Taiwan. She started her dance training at age 3 with Lan Yang Dance, and studied ballet, Chinese dance, and modern dance with Yang Su Zhen Dance Conservatory under Su Zhen Yang and Yu Ling Du (National Taiwan University of Arts, Dance department). Cora has received summer intensive programs and been coached in Classical Chinese Dance and Chinese Folk Dance under Yong Yao and Guan Shan Wang (Beijing Dance Academy). At age 17, Cora started teaching Chinese Dance, and her very first choreography received 1st prize in Chinese Dance category in High School Dance Competition inTaipei Taiwan in 1997; Cora and her students were also invited to performed on TV shows.   In the United States, Cora also had her ballet training with Carolyn Anderson Barnett, Kathy Mata, Alexi Zubiría, ReginaZarhina and Mikhail Tchoupakov. She also has attended many world well known master class workshops such as Vladimir Tsal from MikhailovskyBallet. Her teaching methodology is mainly based on Beijing Dance Academy syllabus and Vaganova Method.  Cora is currently the Artistic Director of Salt Lake Chinese Dance Arts.  She also co founded and is the former Artistic Director of Utah Chinese Dance Association.  Miss Cora is not only a dance teacher, she also has over 5 years language teaching experience. She has taught English in numerous schools in Taiwan. She is also a former ESL and Mandarin teacher in Whittier Elementary and Copper Hills High School.




Angel Nunez.
Guest Teacher 
 
Was born in Cordoba Argentina in the early 70’s & began his dance studies at the age of 5. At the age of 16, he graduated with honors from the national School of Art’s, in Buenos Aires.Argentina. And was also awarded a Dance Diploma from Colon Theatre’s the Advanced Art’s Institute, in Argentina. He has been taught by greats such as Jorge Tomin, Irupe Pereyra Parodi, Olga Ferri, Enrrique Lommi, Lydia Segnni, Liliana Belfiore, and Manolita Suarez Herrera.Angel won Danzamerica’s Cooper Award(1990) and Gold Award (1996), the Jose Neglia Award From the Cultural Foundation of Buenos Aires,Argentina (1993), and also received a Ballet Teaching Certificate From the National University of Córdoba, Argentina (1994).During the 1990’s he performed with different Company’s around the world in productions like, Swan Lake ,Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and la File Mal Gardee. He also soloed around the world in lead roles with the Cuban National Company in productions’ of Don Quixote, Chopiniana, Swan Lake, and Giselle, as well as performing in many other productions.He performed at the Julio Bocca Ballet company,(Ballet Argentino) under the direction of Lydia Segnni. On the production of Paquita, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Manuel de Falla‘s Songs, and Che Tango. Angel has lived in Utah since 2000,receiving a degree in accounting from BYU. And he is excited to share his talents with a new generation of dancers and make teaching ballet his full time career.