Our Faculty


Paula Nunez

Founder & Artistic Director

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Paula Nuñez trained at the Gustavo Franklin School. Nuñez is a former company member of the International Ballet of Caracas, Ballet Nuevo Mundo, and the Cleveland – San Jose Ballet.

Nuñez performed throughout the world at prestigious theaters in Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Russia, Romania, Austria, Hungary, China, Japan, Taiwan, North, Central, and South America.

Her work includes classical and neo-classical styles of renowned choreographers such as, Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Terry Orr, Judith Jamison, Jhon Butler, Elisa Monte, Carlos Orta, Dennis Nahat, Ulysses Dove, Vicente Nebrada, Hans Van Mannen, Hector Zaraspe, Flemming Flindt, and Margo Sappington.


Osmany Montano

Ballet Master

Born in Cuba, Osmany Montano trained at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet in La Habana, Cuba, under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Ramona De Saá, and Magda Campo. Among his many achievements while being a student, he was awarded a Silver Medallion at the Cuban Ballet Festival.

In Cuba, Montano danced with the Cuban National Ballet and Ballet of Santiago de Cuba, under the direction of Alicia Alonso and Maria Elena Martinez respectively, as well as Ballet of Camagüey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. He also made a great career with the National Ballet of Caracas under the direction of Vicente Nebrada.


Luana Hidalgo

Ballet Mistress

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Luana Hidalgo started studying dance at the Institute of Art at an early age and graduated from Madame Irene Levandoski's Ballet School. She became a soloist with Ballet of Maracaibo before she became a principal dancer for Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas.

Hidalgo had the honor of learning from some of the world’s best choreographers: Vicente Nebrada, Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Margot Sappington, Hans van Manen, John Butler and Ulysses Dove, among others. Ulysses Dove created a work especially for Hidalgo called “Urban Songs of the Moon”. In 1995 she was awarded “Best Classical Dancer - Casa del Artista” in Venezuela. In 2001, Hidalgo received the honor of the “City of Avignon” in France.


Current Faculty for Modern and Lower Levels

Ana Valeria Leiva (ABS Alumni): Pre-Ballet through Level 2

Rebecca Larose (ABS Alumni) - Pre-Ballet through Level 1

Lily McCrossin (Tampa City Ballet Dancer) - Modern & Contemporary

Former Faculty

Barbara Valles - Ballet Teacher, Adult Ballet, Progressive Ballet Technique; Jeanne Travers (University of South Florida Faculty)- Modern & Contemporary; Elsa Valbuena - Modern & Contemporary; Gretel Batista (ABS Alumni), Gabriella Stilo (ABS Alumni), Sabrina Downing (ABS Alumni), Rachel Ridley, Kathryn Fontana (ABS Alumni), Adia Hollist (ABS Alumni), Sandra Robinson, Andrew Carroll (University of South Florida Faculty), Mary Carmen Catoya, Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero (Gulfshore Ballet), Graciela Acedo, Giselle Duran, Julio Montano, Reynieris Reyes, Duncan Cooper, Gina Bugatti, Sonia Melo.