ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
JOSE ANGEL CARRET
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
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
o 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)**
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.
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 .