Monica Isla Arbolaez
Joining us from Summer 2019 from the Faculty of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy!
Monica Isla is a native of Havana, Cuba. She received her training at the Professional National School of the Arts in Havana. While in Cuba, Ms. Isla danced with Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1993, Ms. Isla danced with the Pro-Danza Company as a principal dancer under the direction of Laura Alonso. In 1996, she was awarded a silver medal in The International Ballet Competition Alicia Alonso. She was invited to participate in the International Dance competition in Nagoya, Japan and Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Isla repertoire includes; Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Kitry and Mercedes in Don Quijote. Swanilda in Coppelia. Nikiya and Gamzatti and first variation of shades in la Baydere. Diana and Acteon. Le corsaire. Flames of Paris.Paquita Pas de Deux. Esmeralda pas de Deux. Sugar Plum and Snow Queen. Giselle Pas de Deux. Lillac Fairy. Who cares. Le Jazz Hot.
Ms. Isla has performed with the Neoclassic Company of the University of Mexico and Soloist of Ballet Concerto in Puerto Rico and on international tours to Argentina, Panama, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil. Ms. Isla has been part of Milwaukee Ballet School Faculty since 2008 and help choreographing with all productions for the school .In 2016 started work with Rockford Dance Company in Illinois and choreographed Nutcracker for the company and school. Also Ms. Isla is a volunteer teaching ballet classes for the Cancer Center in Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin.
Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba, Julio’s professional training includes The Vocational Arts School in Matanzas Cuba, and the National Ballet School in Cuba, where he graduated in 2008 as a professional dancer and Ballet teacher. Julio joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 2008. His repertoire with National Ballet of Cuba included Espada (Principal Toreador) in Don Quixote, Encuentros pas de deux by Lazaro Martinez, Principal in Adagio de las Espigas production of Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. He joined Cincinnati Ballet as corp de ballet in 2013. He danced with Cincinnati Ballet in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Camelot choreographed by Victoria Morgan, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland choreographed by Septime Webre, Symphony in C, Sit choreographed by Jennifer Archibald and Mozart’s Requiem choreographed by Adam Hoagland. Julio joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2015. With Oklahoma City Ballet, Julio has danced the Principal roles in Sleeping Beauty, Midsummer night’s dreams, Giselle, Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade 1001 Arabian Nights, Serenade and Rodeo Mr. Concepcion has been invited to dance at Ballet Galas and Festivals such as Miami International Ballet Festival and the Carreno Festival ,Guest artist with ballet palm beach in the production of The Great Gatsby. He has worked as a teacher at Cincinnati Ballet Academy and Ballet Tech of Ohio for two years, also taught at Oklahoma Ballet Academy. He has been invited to teach master class and Pas deux at The Art of Classical ballet, Naples ballet academy, Gulfshore ballet.
Orlando Molina began his training at the age of ten in Cuba. In 1996, he directed and performed with Trujillo Ballet in Peru. In 1998, Molina was a competitor in Jackson International Ballet Competition, Mississippi, and the same year he was offered a contract for Cleveland Ballet. In 2000, Molina joined Orlando Ballet under the direction of Fernando Bujones. For the 2002-2003 season, he was appointed ballet master. In 2003, Molina coached Joseph Gatti, gold medal winner at the Youth American Grand Prix and recent gold medal winner at the New York International Ballet Competition. He has been a guest teacher with Spartanburg Ballet, Texas Christian University, Alabama Dance Theatre, Jackson Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, and most recently at Kowa Ballet in Okayama, Japan, and Ohio Dance Theatre. Orlando Molina is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Jessie Gutierrez Ramis
Jessie Gutierrez Ramis is native of Havana, Cuba. She studied at the “National School of Art” in Havana during which time she participated in The International Theater School Festival (ITS) in Holland, and graduated as a Professional Dancer and Teacher. In 2002 she continued her professional training with the National Company, “Danza Contemporanea de Cuba”, where she toured to England, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Hong Kong, Mexico, Austria and Hungary as a company member. She became a Principal Dancer in 2006 and worked with Internationally recognized choreographers, Jan Linkens, Cathy Marston, Rafael Bonachela, Carlos Junior Acosta, Samir Akika, Luca Bruni, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Mats Ek, and Andrea Miller. She moved to Chicago in 2008 and started working with professional dance companies “Hedwig Dances” and “Concert Dance Inc”. She was also part of the 2010 Lyric Opera Season, “Damnation of Faust”. Along these years she's been teaching at different Dance Academies and Dance Companies around Chicago and Suburb areas, like Ruth Page School of Dance, A&A Ballet, School of Performing Arts (SPA), Faubourg Ballet, State Street, Alma Dance School, and Xtreme Dance Center.
Margit Peguero Rodriguez
Margit Peguero Rodriguez is a principal dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She was born in Cuba where she studied ballet at the National Ballet School of Cuba under the direction of teachers Ramona de Saa, Laura Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Havana Fernando Alonso, Jorge Vede, Alberto Alonso and Clara Diaz. Margit’s career began with Cuba’s Ballet de Camaguey, where she danced the principal roles of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. In 1998, she joined the Teatro centro de Arte-Leon Febres Cordero in Ecuador where she danced with Daet Rodriguez and Arionel Vargas in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet. She was also in the company Danza Jazz in Ecuador. Her career has taken her to Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, the United States and Ecuador. In 2010, she won the Gold and Medal of Excellence for Best Dance at Danzamerica in Argentina. Margit co-owns and runs Cuballet-Ecuador with her husband, Daet Rodriguez.
Daet Rodriguez is a principal dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He was born in Cuba and first studied ballet at Vocational School of Art and later at the National Ballet School of Cuba. He began his dancing career with Cuba’s Ballet de Camaguey where he danced the principal roles in La Fille Mal Gardee, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote In 1998, he joined Ecuador’s Teatro centro de Arte-Leon Febres Cordero. He has danced in many countries including Cuba, Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, United States, Martinique, and Ecuador. He co-owns and runs Cuballet-Ecuador with his wife, Margit Peguero Rodriguez. He and his students have gone on to win medals and awards at CIAD Ecuador, Latinoamerica Danza in Chile, Danzamerica in Argentina, All International in Ecuador, and American Ballet Competition in Boston.