José  A Carret was born in Sagua La Grande,Villa Clara,Cuba,  and graduated from The School of  Art for Instructors in 1991( Matanzas). He is  a member of the National Union of Artists of Cuba ( UNEAC) and  member of the International Dance Council from UNESCO (CID).  José was principal dancer and choreographer  with  Danza Espiral from Matanzas, Cuba for ten years, and toured extensively throughout Cuba, Canada, Spain and the Caribbean Islands. He has won prestigious awards as a dancer and choreographer in Cuban Competitions such as: Grand Prix National Award: “Diana Alfonso” “ Segismundo “ ,  “Diana Alfonso “ “Danzan Dos “, “Solamente Solo” and worked as a principal dancer and choreographer. .  He has an  extensive teaching and coaching experience with several Dance Schools in Cuba such as Escuela de Superacion Profesional de Matanzas. Has been commissioned to choreograph special solos for advanced students of the National Ballet School of Cuba, for International Ballet Competitions.  He has more than 40 works of choreography to his credit.  A number of his choreographic works  have been featured in festivals such as The International Festival of Ballet of La Havana. A particular honor was a choreography created to celebrate a Cuban National Gala in honor of the legendary Prima Ballerina, Mme. Alicia Alonso of the Cuban National Ballet.His choreographic works are in the repertoire of several companies in Cuba: such as Danza Espiral (Matanzas) Danza Fragmentada and Danza Libre (Guantanamo) He has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Narciso Medina and Ramiro Guerra from Cuba and Vicky Willis from  Canada.

As a principal dancer, José toured Canada with Decidedly Jazz Dance Works, from Calgary, AB, in their production of “Bulla" 2005.José’s first choreographic work in Canada was “Dimension Cubana “and premiered at Lula Lounge, Toronto, 2009.  In 2010 he danced and created :“ Cuban Collage”( Toronto)  Jose has taught dance workshops at Morning Star Middle School in Mississauga, during 2010-11-12. And was modern  dance instructor with  Children and Youth  Dance Theatre 2014  ( Toronto ) 

 José was a guest dancer  with :


o   The Newton Moraes Dance Company  Toronto ,2010

o   Akawaba ,Toronto, 2009

o   Erie Music Festival of Toronto, 2010 ( Dance Immersion )

o   Afro-Caribbean Dance Group ,2012

o   International Conference of Blacks in Dance, Toronto, 2012 (  Dance Immersion)

o   Jose has been the Artistic Director of the International Summer Dance Meeting: Open Space  Temporada (Cuba) since 2011. 

o  Guest dancer and choreographer - Alucine Film Festival Toronto 2013. 


     Other guesting experience:


o   Guest teacher - Oakville School of Dance (2007)  

o   Guest teacher and choreographer for Ballet Creole since 2008. 

o   Guest teacher -The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble (2008).

o   Guest choreographer -Ballet Jorgen’ Solos and Duets season 2011-12.

o  Guest choreographer -The Chimera Project 2013-14

   o Guest choreographer -Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014 Toronto 

     Jose was recently  invited as a guest teacher for the  University Of North Carolina School of the Arts , in Winston Salem , USA  ( September 2016

   o Modern Instructor at  The  Cuban School of Ballet in Hamilton ON 

     Presently José Carret is a free- lance dancer, teacher and choreographer and the Artistic Director of The Carret Dance Conservatory , a new pre-professional training in Toronto he founded last September 2016  .

 Currently teaches Cuban contemporary dance fusion classes in Toronto and is on the  faculty  of Stars On Stage Dance and Performing Arts ,  Caledonia ,ON ( 2014)


   **Founder  Artistic Director of TEADE ( International Summer Intensive in Matanzas Cuba since 2013)**

  • Jose was awarded by the Ontario Arts Council the Aboriginal and Culturally Diverse Training grant last December 2014, and  again in December 2015.
  • Guest Instructor for the University of North  Carolina School of the Arts , Winston Salem ,  USA , since 2016 .

DANZA CORPUS CANADA is a collective and  multicultural  dance ensemble which produces two annual productions ( May and December)


Jose is proud to continue his career  as a freelance  dancer,  teacher and choreographer, representing his Cuban Heritage in Canada.



Guest Teacher 

Mercedes Bernardez


Argentinian born Mercedes Bernardez had an international performing career as a principal dance, assistant director, artistic director and as ballet mistress in several ballet companies from Argentina ,Chile and Venezuela. 

Throughout her career, she danced the leading roles of classical ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake , and many contemporary  ballet/ dance works .

Mercedes came to Canada in 1997 to act as Artistic Director for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada Later on she worked as Ballet Mistress for the Alberta Ballet. In Alberta Ballet she worked side by side with top Canadian choreographers   such as  Jean Grand Maitre( Alberta Ballet Artistic Director)  Margie Gillis , Sabrina Matthews , also performed character roles  with the Alberta  Ballet ,  notable the Nurse in  Jean Grand Maitre's  "Romeo and Juliet".   Mercedes also set and coached Mikko Nissenen 's Nutcraker , Christopher Wheeldon 's Midsummer night dream , and  George  Balanchine 's Divertimento .

 In 2006 she worked as Jean Grand Maitre’s Assistant for his creation with the National Ballet of Cuba for the International Ballet Festival of La Havana, Cuba . Mercedes worked as a guest teacher for Richmond Academy of Dance (Vancouver, 2008) , Oakville School of Dance (2000-2008)The Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, Hamilton(08-09) Interplay(Toronto 2010) and as Adjudicator for Dance Manitoba (2000).

Since 2005, she has been a guest teacher for Danza Corpus’s community workshops and company classes in Matanzas, Cuba. Mercedes was one of the three Canadian choreographers who participated in Danza Corpus 10th  Anniversary celebrations last June 2011 in Matanzas, Cuba and created a Tango Duet : “Compas Criollo”  .

Mercedes is presently teaching company class for the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgen (Toronto) faculty of  Ballet  Creole  , Stars on Stage  Dance and Performing  Arts School (Caledonia) Dance Elite (Milton) and The  National Ballet of Canada  In Studio program(Toronto) .  Since 2013 she teaches company class for the National Ballet of Canada as well as Ballet Jorgen  Canada (  since 2006)  and  is a staff member of   NBC 's Instudio . Mercedes is  also  the  Artistic Advisor for Les Pettit Ballet (Ottawa)and a free-lance ballet mistress and choreographer.  Since 2015 Mercedes is a  guest teacher   at the North Carolina School of The Arts , Winston -Salem.   Mercedes is the  Founder Artistic Director of the Classical  Division of   The Carret Dance Conservatory ( 2016)  and Associate Director of  Danza Corpus Canada (2013)


Osvaldo Mules Aldama ( Dancer)


Osvaldo  was born in  Matanzas in 1987 and began his  dance training in 2010  attending  Danza Corpus ‘s community workshops  with classes  taught by Artistic Director Jose  A. Carret  and other dance instructors such as Antonio Gonzalez Fajardo , Marisela Hernandez,Angel Servia from Cuba and guest artists from Canada :  Mercedes  Bernardez , Patrick Parson , Newton Moraes .

Osvaldo  performed for Danza Corpus ‘s 10 anniversary in the city of Matanzas  and joined Danza Corpus in 2013 , performed at Temporada Open Space having the chance to share the stage with national and international dancers .  



Lisandra Moran Castellon (Dancer)


Born in the city of Matanzas, Lisandra’s love and passion for dance started at the age of eight while taking workshops with “Nueva Esperanza” from Matanzas. She completed her formal training at the Alfonso Perez Isaac Vocational School of Art, in Matanzas, and is very excited to be working with Danza Corpus’s Artistic Director Jose Carret. Lisandra has participated in several events and festivals in Cuba, and she  has an energetic and joyful approach to her work .





Luanny  Pacheco Diaz(Dancer)


Luanny  began her interest in dance at the age of 9 y.o after trained in gymnastic, she  began  her dance  training in  Casa de la Cultura in Villa Clara , where she trained in Afro Cuban , Modern Dance , and participated in communities events such as Carnivals and  popular acts .

After moving to the city of Matanzas she attended dance workshops with the company Danza Espiral under the Artistic Directionship of Lillian  Padron .

Luanny was part of the amateur groups from the  University of  Medical Science and the Pedagagic “  Juan Marinello” and proudely joined Danza Corpus in 2013.


 Rodelay Garcia Gimenez(Dancer)


 Rodelay began dancing in 2000 in his home town  Matanzas ,received his dance training at School of Tropicana in  Varadero , and continue his professional training with Artistic Director Jose Carret . Rodelay had participated in several events in the city of Matanzas  such as , Carnavals,Rumba Festivals with the group of Gerardo Orta : " A mil maneras". Participated in  the International Film Festivals opening shows since 2009. In 2011 Rodelay was a guest dancer for Ballet Creole in Canada as part as a cultural exchange in between Cuba and Canada.Rodelay is a proud member of Danza Corpus  since 2008 . 

Chabelys Zambrana Gonzalez (Dancer)



Chabelys love for dance began when she was 5 years old attending ballet workshops at Casa de  la Cultura Bonifacio  Byrne , where she trained for six years .Later trained in Cuban popular and afrocuban  dance classes , and participated in several community events .

Chabelys continued her training  with Danza Espiral ‘s dance workshops . Her first work experience was with  the company Somos Cuba under the  Artistic Directionship of  Carlos Diaz .Since June 2013 Chabelys is  working with Danza Corpus and participated in International  Summer event Temporada Open Space in Matanzas . 

Greysis Yaniris Dominguez Lopez (Dancer)


Greysis   was born in  Matanzas is 1992 and  began  her dancing  exposure dancing for   festivities parades . she  trained  as a gymnastic  .   Greysis   created   works with popular Cuban music and dance to be performed in communities events in  the ciry of Matanzas .



 Greysis trained  with Danza Corpus Artistic Director Jose Carret in the community dance workshops and  Danza Corpus workshops   and International Instructors  :  Patrick Parson ,  Newton Moraes and Mercedes Bernardez from Canada  in 2011 . Greysis  collaborated for  Danza Corpus X Anniversary ( 2011) .   Greysis worked with Conjunto Artistico Comunitario of Corimacao in the Cienaga de Zapata , danced with the company Sol del  Caribe and joined Danza Corpus  in 2013 .

Yerandy Munoz Garcia( Dancer)


Yerandy began his dance training at the  Vocacional School of Art:  Alfonso Pere Isaac in Matanzas ,  graduating in 2011.He participated in several dance competitions and festivals  during his training  ,  danced for  popular events in the city of Matanzas such as the 50th Anniversary of the Militar Force .



Yerandy joined Danza Corpus in June 2013 and participated in Danza Corpus  ‘s International  event Temporada Open Space where he had the opportunity to dance with  guest national and international dancers .

Yosiel  Robledo Sosa (Dancer)



 Yosiel was born in the province or Villa Clara in the city of Sagua La Grande in 1991. He began his dance training in La Habana with  dance instructor   Luis Roblejo that gave him the chance to  participate in Cubadanza .  Since  2008 he continued his   dance training  with Danza Corpus ‘s community workshops  under the Direction of Jose Carret . Later  on he worked at the project Corimacao in Cienaga de Zapata .  In July 27 , 2013 Yosiel successful  accomplished the provincial evaluation as a professional dancer and joined Danza Corpus  in June 2013. 



Ricardo Almendariz Bergolla


Ricardo a native of Matanzas, is a trained musician who began playing for Festivals in La Havana,  and  with the group Afro Yumurino in the late 1970s.  Later on, Ricardo worked for: Afro Caribe,,OBBA- TOLA,  Roche Tropical  in Varadero,  Vinet and his Hot Rumba in La Havana Cafe, and with OBBA ILE. He has been a proud member of Danza Corpus since 2008.





 Reinol E. Ferran Borron 



 Reinol from   Matanzas , began his artistic career in 1993 with the Folk Group  as a dancer and percussionist, and later on he worked with several  groups such as “ Los Milagrosos” until 1999

Reinol was a choreographer and percussionist with the group Rumba Son .  Also he is a founder  percussionist of the production “Alturas de Simpson’   

Reinol joined  Danza Corpus  as a percussionist  in June 2013 .