Started ballet at the age of seven in UTEP's Gifted and Talented Program. She has trained with Marta Katz, Ingeborg Heuser, German Zamuel and Valentina Moukhanova. After performing in several UTEP Ballet productions, she danced the role of Clara at age twelve in UTEP's final Nutcracker in 2006. She attended summer intensives at School of American Ballet in NYC, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and in Monterrey and Guadalajara. She has performed the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Cinderella, and Odette & Odile the El Paso Ballet Theatre (formerly the El Paso Conservatory of Dance and the El Paso Youth Ballet). Ariela spent one season dancing with Ballet de Jalisco, directed by Dariusz Blajer in Guadalajara. 

LESLEY LOPEZ  |  PRINCIPAL

SOPHIA

PIELET

LUCIANA

GALICIA (APPT.)

- AND CORP DE BALLET

Lauren Yoshiwirja is a Rehearsal Mistress and Guest Teacher at El Paso Ballet Theatre.  She teaches advanced levels for the El Paso Ballet Theatre.

MARTA KATZ

LAUREN YOSHIWIRJA

EL PASO BALLET THEATRE

THE COMPANY PRINCIPALS

ARIELA KATZ  |  PRINCIPAL

LESLEY LOPEZ

ARIELA KATZ

ILISSA

NUNEZ

FRANK

MELENDEZ

GISSELLE

GUTIERREZ

STEPHEN

AGUILAR

BELYCIA

RIVAS (APPT.)

VALERIA

CHAVEZ

Lesley Lopez began ballet training in her native El Paso at the age of six, studying under Andrée Harper and later Ingeborg Heuser. In 2008, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School granted her a full scholarship for their year-round High School Program,  which enabled her to perform and tour with the PBT Company. Lesley is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre- Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Lesley is currently the principal dancer in The Company.

REBECCA

TERRAZAS

ANA
SIQUIEROS

MARY
SPITZER

RENIEL BASAIL

ANDREA

HERNANDEZ

MONIQUE

DOMINGUEZ

SIMRAN

HARIBHAI (APPT.)

Yespari Miller graduated from National School of Art of Havana, superior level. He has studied under world renowned teachers from Cuba, Argentina, and Spain and has danced the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Sigfrid in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum Cavelier, and Birbanto in Le Corsaire. Yespari has taught in Chihuahua and Coahuila, Mexico and is currently a teacher and choreographer with the El Paso Ballet Theatre.

Ariela Katz has trained with Marta Katz, Ingeborg Heuser, German Zamuel and Valentina Moukhava.  Ariela spent one season dancing with Ballet de Jalisco, directed by Dariusz Blajer in Guadalajara.  Ariela is currently a  principal dancer in The Company and has recently started teaching in The School.

Began her training in her native El Paso at the age of six, studying under Andrée Harper and later Ingeborg Heuser. She performed in several UTEP Ballet Productions, including Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. She has attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet in NYC, American Ballet Theatre (New York) and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2008, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School granted her a full scholarship for their year-round High School Pre-Professional Program, and later the Graduate Program, which enabled her to perform and tour with the PBT Company. In 2010, she was later accepted into PBTS's graduate program. In 2014, she was invited to dance with Ballet Latino de San Antonio as a company member. Lesley has danced the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Giselle, Swanhilda, Kitri, and Odette/Odile for the El Paso Ballet Theatre.

Reniel Basail a graduate of Escuela Nacional de Cuba holds a dual teaching degree in Contemporary and classical ballet.  He has taught ballet in Guadalajara, Colima, and Mexico City and has presented his choreographic works in international festivals in Ecuador, Cuba, and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Reniel has is currently a resident choreographer for El Paso Ballet Theatre.

YESPARI MILLER

Marta Katz is the Executive and Artistic Director of the El Paso Ballet Theatre (formerly the El Paso Conservatory of Dance and the EL Paso Youth Ballet). She has danced at  the Compania Nacional de Danza  in Mexico City, and. She holds a degree in Ballet Performance from UTEP and has taught ballet in Mexico City, UTEP, and at EPCC. She is recognized as an exceptional instructor of dance.

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