2022 SUMMER GUEST MASTER TEACHERS
Olivier Munoz is the Principal and Artistic Director of The Maryland Youth Ballet. Prior he was the Principal Teacher at Orlando Ballet School for 14 years.
Mr. Munoz began his studies at the National Conservatory of Dance of Lyon France and continued at the International Ballet School of Rosella Hightower in Cannes.
He has performed with Cleveland Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Tokyo Ballet, The Bolshoi, Ballet Philippines, and Neuvo Mundo. He is also a former Principal dancer of the English National Ballet.
Mr. Munoz has been a recognized coach for YAGP and served as a judge for YAGP regional and international competitions.
American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus and Former Artistic Director, ABT National Training Curriculum
Raymond Lukens was trained in New York City and had an international career as a ballet dancer; he co-authored the ABT National Training Curriculum and created the syllabi for the ABT/ NYU MA Program.
He was a faculty member of the ABT JKO School. Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens directed The Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy, was Ballet Master for Boston Ballet and Director of BB II. He has taught for ABT, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem.
Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and has received various awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Italian Cecchetti Society in Florence, Italy, and in 2019 he received from Carla Fracci a Lifetime Achievement Award in Cesena, Italy.
ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus
Former Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
As a performer, Franco De Vita danced principal roles in many European companies, including with Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie, in ballets choreographed by Van Dyk, Skibine, Garcia, Balanchine, Tudor, Tedley and Bournonville among others.
When he retired from the stage, Mr. De Vita earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education. Mr. De Vita has taught for ABT Studio Company, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ailey School and Hartford Ballet.
Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has also been an adjudicator for YAGP and The Prix de Lausanne. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School and has been guest teacher for The Basel Ballet School, Virginia School of the Arts, Peridance International, Dance Connecticut, Dance Educators of America, Youth America Grand Prix and for Alberta Ballet Company and School.
After training at the School of American Ballet, Myrna Kamara became a member of the New York City Ballet. Later she was a soloist with the Bonn Ballet in Germany, a principal dancer in Miami City Ballet and Béjart Ballet Lausanne.
Myrna is an international principal guest artist having performed choreographies including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Vladimir Vassiliev, Gheorghe Iancu, Yanis Pikieris, Paulo Manso de Sousa, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Susanna Egri, Renato Zanella, Luc Bouy , Paolo Mohovich and more.
Myrna is a guest teacher(Basel Ballet School, San Fransico Ballet School, School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet , Orsolina 28, Art Studio Danza etc.) and coaches regularly competition ice skaters to help improve their artistic performance quality.
In addition, Ms Kamara is the founder and performer of her own dance company, balletXtreme, a strong neoclassical- contemporary ballet company performing works from diverse internationally renowned choreographers.
Sean Dahlberg began his dance training in Albuquerque, NM during high school. After attending and graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance, he moved to Chicago where he trained and performed with Giordano Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and The Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Sean then relocated back to the southwest where he taught, danced, and choreographed for Moving People Dance Santa Fe. He continued his dance journey to Phoenix, AZ where he co-founded and artistically directed Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company.
After several years of success with the company, Sean accepted an adjunct faculty position at Grand Canyon University’s dance department. His path eventually took him to Seattle, WA and then back to Albuquerque, NM where he performed and choreographed for the New Mexico Ballet Company. Sean obtained his MFA in Choreography at JU in 2020