Luis Abella

Owner and Artistic Director

Luis was born in Cuba and began studying ballet in 1983 with many of the best ballet Masters of the country. There he studied methodology and history of classical ballet. He graduated from the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba in 1991. Luis has performed all over the world as a Principal Dancer and soloist with many renowned ballet companies including the National Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Bellas Artes Nacional of Mexico, the Minnesota Ballet, and the University of Miami Ballet, under director Rosario Suarez. Luis is also the artistic director of the St. Augustine Ballet. Luis is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Dianan Catalina

School Director and Instructor

Diana was born in Cali, Colombia, and trained at Incolballet. After her graduation, she joined the Colombian Company as a principal dancer for three years under the direction of Gloria Castro. She joined Ballet Gamonet  in Miami Florida for 4 years, under the direction of Jimmy Gamonet. After leaving Miami, Diana joined Tulsa Ballet under the direction of Marcello Angelini and was with the company 9 years, and performed Ballets by choreographers such as McGregor, Tharp, William Forsythe, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Ben Stevenson, McMillan, Edward Liang, Volpini, George Balanchine, Cranko, Paul Taylor, Fabre, Hynd, Possokhov, Kudelka and Nicolo Fonte.  Some of her Principal roles include Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Coppelia, Dracula, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others.
She represented Colombia in The Prix The Laussane in Switzerland, won the bronze medal at the Cuban International Ballet Competition, the Gold medal in World Ballet Competition in Orlando Fl, and was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition. She is currently the director of Ballet at South Tulsa Dance Co and a Principal Guest Artist and has been invited to perform around the world in Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, International Dance Academy In Florida, Ballet Festival in Peru, Gala of International Dance Stars Cincinnati, South Florida Ballet Theatre, Ballarte, Bogota Colombia, Gala Commemorative Cali Colombia, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Rochester City Ballet The 8th International Festival of Ballet Cali Colombia, International Ballet Festival of Miami, Baltimore Ballet Company, San Jose Youth Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony. 
Diana has been invited as a guest teacher with Kansas School of Classical Ballet, Academy of Ballet and Arts, Abellas School of Dances, among others. 
After nine years with Tulsa Ballet, Gomez started the Ballet direction of South Tulsa Dance Company, she has been teaching for 8 years, choreographing and coaching dancers for Ballet competition. Diana’s style is to teach her experience as a professional ballet dancer to her students, based in Vaganova style, expanding their talents in order to develop physical, social and intellectual skills in the art of dance and the passion for dance.

Brooke Shoultz

Instructor and Competition Director

Brooke originally hails from Houston, Texas where she grew up dancing at Call to Glory Dance School and then Excelsior School of Dance where she was trained in the ABT Syllabus. She has danced professionally with Owen Theater, Chara Dance Company, Refines Arts Houston, MSCD and Ballet Excelsior of Houston (2011-2015). During her time with Ballet Excelsior, Brooke traveled as a corps member and then a soloist with their international touring company, in addition to being a company member. Brooke has taught at Profusion Preforming Arts, Excelsior School of Dance and Mercy Steps School of Dance where she was also the Jr Company Director and School Assistant Director. She has taught ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, folk, tap and hip hop. Brooke has also written a ballet syllabus for Profusion Preforming that follows the ABT Syllabus and is still being used today. 

Zoica Garcia

Instructor

Zoica was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba where she began the study of dance that would become her liife's passion. She graduatied from the Superior Institue of Art in Havana, Cuba with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts and Ballet. She continued her studies as a teacher, dancer, and choreographer, receiving a post-graduated degree in Ballet and Character Dance Methodology, and a certificate in Musical Theater and Dance from Opera Lyrical of Cuba. In Havana, she taught at the National School of Dance.  Zoica has been a principal dancer with the National Opera in Cuba and other world renowned companies.  In 1996, she received 1st place at Havana’s Festival of Elsimor.  Zoica was a teacher, dancer, choreographer, and artistic director for Studio Capezio in La Paz, Bolivia.  She currently teaches ballet, character and  pre-ballet classes at Abella’s School of Dance in St. Augustine, FL.

Kira Hickman

Instructor

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Monday-Friday 3:00-7:30pm

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904-810-5670

info@abellaschoolofdance.com

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