Dagmar Moradillos was born in Havana, Cuba where she began her ballet training at La Escuela Nacional de Arte. After graduating, she joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba where she was eventually named a principal dancer. During her time with Ballet Nacional de Cuba she performed the principal roles in all the major classical ballets like Giselle, Don Quijote, Swan Lake,Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia and toured the world extensively. At the 1984 International Ballet Festival in Brazil she was awarded a silver medal for her pas de deux and the Marcia Haydee award for best female dancer. She defected to the United States in 1991, where she danced with several companies such as Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Sarasota Ballet. She first danced with Ballet Etudes of South Florida in 1994 and since then has danced the most recognized principal roles in classical ballet as well as premiered a variety of original works choreographed specifically for her. She has been partnered by internationally renowned dancers like Wes Chapman, Charles Askegard, Marcelo Gomes, Gennadi Saveliev, Nikolai Hjubbe, and José Manuel Carreño. In 2010 she was named Ballet Mistress of Ballet Etudes of South Florida. In 2011 she was named an Honorary Graduate of Ballet Etudes. On October 15, 2011 a gala in her honor was performed at the Fillmore Miami Beach where she danced the title role of Giselle for the last time to much critical acclaim.
Peter La Fox began his training in Havana, Cuba under Alberto Alonso, Laura Alonso, Jorge Riveron, Jose Medina, Miguel Gomez and others at Ballet Nacional de Cuba. He performed with various groups throughout the island including Teatro Karl Marx, Teatro Lirico de la Habana, and Teatro Musical de la Habana. In 1980, he left Cuba and joined Ballet Etudes Company as a dancer soon after his arrival in Miami. In the past 29 years, he has distinguished himself as a performer in numerous ballets, esteemed member of Ballet Etudes School’s Faculty, Director of its Junior Ensemble Program, and Choreographer for both the Company and the School.
In addition to working with Ballet Etudes, Mr. La Fox has also choreographed and performed around the world, most notably for the famous illusionists, Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte, in The Frankie Kein Show in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela as well as Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and all over South Florida in the USA. He also choreographed and performed in Frankie Kein’s eight-year run at the Persian Room at the Marco Polo Hotel (now known as the Radisson) in Miami Beach, the city’s longest-running show in its history. Mr. La Fox has also choreographed such operettas and zarzuelas as El Cafetal, El Conde de Luxembourg, La Duquesa del Baltabarin, La Viuda Alegre, Las Leandras, Lola Cruz, and Luisa Fernanda for Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli in Miami. In 2005 he staged with Ballet Etudes’ own Principal Dancer, Dagmar Moradillos, an original choreography to Man of La Mancha for a special performance in Miami. Many of his original works can be seen in Ballet Etudes Company’s repertoire including, most recently, his original work such as Puss In Boots, Anne of a Thousand Days, and others.
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