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Ballet - Repertory


Itzkan Barbosa began classical ballet training at age 2 at the USC Dance Conservatory and the Center for Dance Education with Carolina Ballet, where she performed several roles including Odette in Swan Lake. Itzkan has studied Summer Intensive Trainings at CPYB, ABT, SFB, Barcelona Dance Center and she was awarded a full scholarship with the Paris Opera Ballet. Since 2014 she has trained in New York City at Ballet Academy East and she has performed the lead role in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet, amongst many other works. She came to Miami City Ballet School Summer Intensive in 2018, where she soon joined the corps de ballet from 2019-2022. Itzkan has been highlighted by the Adrienne Arsht Center mural project painted by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.

Maurizio Nardi

Artistic Director

Modern - Martha Graham's technique


Maurizio Nardi is a former Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

In his home country of Italy, Maurizio began his professional career dancing with Carla Fracci and with mentor, friend and choreographer Deanna Losi. He has danced in productions by Beppe Menegatti, Micha Van Hoecke, Roberto Guicciardini, Anne Bogart and danced in original creations by Deanna Losi, Dug Varone, Mary Anthony, Kun Yung Lin, Larry Keigwin, Martha Clark, Nacho Duato, Pearl Lang, Boulareyang Pagarlava and many others.  

Maurizio joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2002. He has danced in principal roles such as The Revivalist and the Husbandmen in Appalachian Spring, The Chief Celebrant in Acts Of Light, the leading role in Maple Leaf Rag, The Goat in Circe, the man in the Red and White Couple in Diversion Of Angels, The Stranger in Embattled Garden, The Blind Seer in Night Journey, the Crist Figure and the Penitent in El Penitente,  Aegisthus in Clytemnestra and Hippolitus in Phaedra. Maurizio has being teaching, demonstrating and leading lecture-demonstrations all over the world, he received the 2007 “Les Etoiles De Ballet2000” in Cannes, France and is currently the founder and Artistic Director of Key West Modern Dance summer study program.



Contemporary - Composition


As a graduate of Southern Methodist University, George holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Focus. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Smallwood joined the prestigious Parsons Dance Company where he performed the company's signature solo, Caught. As co-founder of Battleworks with choreographer Robert Battle, Mr. Smallwood performed with the company and has taught master classes and re-staged Mr. Battle’s works across the United States. Mr. Smallwood was Ballet Master for Tremaine Dance Conventions and has been seen in regional productions of Spamalot, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, Music Man, White Christmas, Seven Brides… and 42nd Street. He had the honor of performing with two legends, Carol Channing at Gypsy of the Year and Liza Minnelli at the TV Land Awards.  Mr. Smallwood danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the 2007-8 Season and in the 40th Anniversary Season of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.  He was most recently with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2011 to 2019. 

Our Past Faculty Included:


Daniel Fetecua

Modern Technique / Limon Dance Company


Blakeley White-McGuire

Choreographic Studies / Martha Graham Dance Company


George Smallwood

Contemporary Technique / Paul Taylor Dance Company


Whitney V. Hunter

Dance on Camera / HunterMedium


Melissa Toogood

Modern Technique / Merce Cunningham Dance Company


Tina Williams

Horton Technique / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 


Kate Skarpetowska

Contemporary/ David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch Dance Co. 


Elijiah Gibson

Jazz / Giordano Dance Chicago


Catherine Cabeen

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company


Ricardo Zaya

Shen Wei Dance Arts

Luis A. Cuevas

Freelance Dancer-Choreographer

Juan Rodriguez

Complexion Contemporary Ballet (former)

Nicole Corea

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Antony Bocconi


Sam Shapiro

North Carolina School Of The Arts

Jovani Furlan

Miami City Ballet - NYC Ballet

Daniel Gwirtzman

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

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