Iliana S. Babadjanova
Florida West Ballet, Instructor Classical Ballet
Iliana S. Babadjanova is a classical ballet instructor and choreographer for Florida West Ballet. She graduated cum Laude in 1988 the National Ballet Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Two years before graduation she was already selected and danced in the corps de ballet of the Sofia National Opera. Upon graduation she became a full time employee of the National Theater, where she worked eight years.
In 1990 Iliana was awarded the prestigious first prize in the National Bi-Annual Ballet Festival in Tolbuhin, Bulgaria. In 1991 she was invited to teach ballet in Italy for one year. She returned back to the National Opera as soloist in major classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutknacker, Giselle and Don Quixotte. She worked under the direction of Kolpakova and Gregorovitch, while touring extensively through Europe and Asia. She is a very knowledgeable and skilled pedagogue, specializing in the reputable Vaganova ballet technique. Her expertise ranges from ballet technique pointe, variations, partnering and classical repertoire.
In 1991 she went to Italy to teach ballet. In 1994 Iliana began working at a Private Art School as Head of the Dance Department, until she moved to the USA in 1997.
While in America, she started teaching kids in classical ballet at the Florida Dance Center and also at the BB’S Dance & Circus Art of Tampa Bay. She staged the well known productions of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Nutcracker”. She collaborated in presenting the original shows “Tin Soldier” and “The Four Seasons” of Vivaldi, Florida West Ballet's productions of "Sleeping Beauty", "La Fille Mal Gardee" , "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Raymonda".
Iliana is a very knowledgeable and skilled pedagogue, specializing in ballet technique. Her expertise ranges from ballet technique pointe, variations, partnering and classical repertoire. Florida West Ballet is pleased to have Ms. Iliana as an instructor and choreographer of classical ballet.
Iliana S. Babadjanova is currently an instructor for Florida West Ballet.
Nestor L. Garcia-Santos
Nestor L Garcia-Santos is a ballet instructor for Florida West Ballet. Originally from Cuba and now residing in the Tampa Bay area, Nestor is a graduate of the Superior Institute of Arts in Camaguey Cuba and a former member of the Camaguey Ballet and the Co-Danza Company.
Nestor’s experience as a professional ballet dancer and instructor has included dance tours through Italy, Columbia, Spain and Venezuela among other places. His dance rolls have included Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Friends in Giselle, Lovers in Imàges. He has also performed in many productions such as La Fille Mal Gardee, Don Quijote, Carmen, Tempo Justo to name a few.
Nestor has been recognized by critics in and out of Cuba for his characters like Hilarion and Dr. Coppelius. He was granted a prize for his interpretation of Dr. Coppelius awarded by the Club of Friends of the Great Theater of Havana.
Nestor will assist the Artistic Director as needed. This includes assisting with technique training, with instruction for partnering and with instruction for our male dancers.
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