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Artistic Dance Center (ADC), was established in Doral, FL under the direction and vision of Elizabeth Acuña Nuevo. Since its establishment in May of 2003, it has trained it’s students for professional careers in ballet and other dance forms. In 2006, Lissette Salgado Lucas joined the staff at ADC, later to become the Assistant Director of the school.

Elizabeth Alcuña-Nuevo

Director and Ballet Instructor

Elizabeth Acuña-Nuevo began her ballet training at the young age of three. At fifteen, she continued her training with Susana Prieto.

In her years as a dancer, Mrs. Nuevo performed many classical, as well as contemporary works, such as the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, Bluebird Pas de Deux and variations from Sleeping Beauty, Grisi and Cerito from Pas DeQuatre, Maria in West Side Story, Clara and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and many others.

Ms. Nuevo has been teaching since the young age of fifteen. At age eighteen, she became Assistant Director of a prominent ballet school in Miami and held this position for ten years. In 2002, she opened the doors to Artistic Dance Center where she has had many triumphs. She has dedicated herself to training students in classical ballet and has coached students for many national competitions such as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, American Dance Competition, Youth America Grand Prix and a few others, where many of her students have won the highest honors. In addition, Mrs.Nuevo has also been invited as a guest instructor for various local and touring companies.

Many of Mrs.Nuevo’s former students have successfully pursued careers in dance. She is currently Director of Artistic Dance Center and Artistic Dance Theater, a nonprofit dance company. She has staged the full-length Nutcracker for Artistic Dance Theater as well as other classical and contemporary works for the company and school performances.

Lissette Salgado

Associate Director & Ballet Instructor

Miami, Florida native, Lissette Salgado, studied with Judith Reece Newman and Marianna Alvarez. In 1985, Ms. Salgado was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne Competition where she received utmost recognition, which led her to her joining the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She had the privilege of working with Edward Villella and Allegra Kent in Concerto Barocco. As a result, Ms. Salgado was one of the first dancers offered a contract to join his company the Miami City Ballet.

In 1987, Ms. Salgado joined the Joffrey Ballet and danced many roles with the company. She has had the privilege to Perform for President George W. Bush Sr. at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Ms. Salgado also had the honor of working with world-renowned choreographers: William Forsyth, Jiri Kylian, Rudi van Dantzig, and Alonso King amongst others.

In 1995, Ms. Salgado joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and she became a Principal dancer Ms. Salgado was recognized for her role as Odette/Odile in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Juliet in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and Butterfly in David Nixon’s Beauty and the Beast and Butterfly, Lucy in Mark Godden’s Dracula.

As a renowned international guest artist, Ms. Salgado has performed with the Daring Project .She has also brought her role of Juliet to Florence, Italy with Teatro de Maggio Dance Company. In addition, Ms. Salgado was a guest artist with the ‘Stars of Canadian Ballet’ Company, touring Canada and performing in the Pan Am Summer Games Closing Ceremonies.

Ms. Salgado retired as a dancer in Winnipeg, Canada and was asked to join Artistic Dance Center in Miami as the Assistant Director, a position that she currently holds. Ms. Salgado has guest taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts, Laguna Beach Dance Theater and Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. Furthermore, she has been invited to teach master classes and workshops as well as judge in statewide competitions.

Lissette and her husband David are the Founders/Directors of Shake the Ground, The Ultimate Dance Competition and the sister company Universal Ballet Competition.

Jackie Oria Clayton

Tumbling Instructor

Jacqueline Oria Clayton, a native Floridian, discovered her love for dance and cheer at the early age of five. Throughout her childhood and early adulthood, Mrs. Clayton trained vigorously in several forms of dance, including ballet, and competed on many athletic league and school cheer teams. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She immediately began teaching cheer and dance. Under Mrs. Clayton’s leadership, her elementary school and all star cheer squads won national titles for the past 20 years.

Many of her students have gone on to compete for all star, junior high, high school and collegiate squads. Mrs. Clayton started teaching Acro/tumbling at Artistic Dance Center, an independent institution located in Doral, FL which focuses intensely on its mission of excellence in dance education. She choreographs many dances for the school including both in-house and award winning, competitive performances. Incorporating Acro into her choreography has become Mrs. Clayton’s greatest professional passion.

Christopher Alvarez

Hip Hop Instructor

Christopher Alvarez, began his training at the age of 12 in Miami, at Dance Attack. He has been trained in various forms of dance including Ballet and Hip Hop among other styles. He learned from Teddy Brown, Philip Kendrick, Sisco Gomez and Kevin Maher to name a few. Chris has performed for Premios Juventud, as well as several music videos. He has also performed for Thalia. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S to train and perform and currently teaches at Artistic Dance Center, Tame and The Studio Dance.

Ivy Ledon

Jazz & Tap Instructor

“Miss Ivy” as her students lovingly call her has more than 10 years of experience as a Dancer, and over 8 years as a teacher. Miss Ivy is a Miami native, greatly influenced by the teachings of Danie Beck’s Dance Unlimited where she beautifully developed into a skilled dancer as part of the Ensemble cast in 2002, and was then selected as part of the 9 elite dancers in the beginnings of the Focal Pointe Dance Company. She was introduced to the various aspects of dance by the teachings of South Miami Middle Magnet Dance Program and her Alma Matter-New World School of the Arts High School, where she had the privilege to study with some of the most respected instructors in the Nation. She has performed in numerous competitions and has even been awarded top ten over-all at a few, Hollywood Connection’s Icon for 2004-2005, and her most prestigious award of “Highest Over-all score”. She was also part of the “2004 Disney’s Christmas Parade Tour”; featured on local T.V. shows including “Sabado Gigante” and “Dimelo Bailando”, “Mun2”, chosen as a background dancer in 2005 for “Juan Luis Guerra and Gilberto Santa Rosa’s Concert”, some selected appearances with Pitbull and Dj Laz in 2008, and this year with new upcoming Artist “Lady M”. In 2006, Miss Ivy was selected to participate at the National Dance Festival in Philadelphia, and was chosen by Daniel Lewis to participate in the “Choreographer’s Summer Dance Stages” internship in Concord, Massachusetts. She has also had the privilege of traveling the nation with “New Century Dance Company” and being an instructor at the Akoya Dance Intensive. In 2007, she was selected to audition for the National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship program and Julliard. In addition to Miss Ivy’s New World training, her outside regiment included rigorous training in, if not all, most dance techniques. Ivy is now a proud member of the “Tae Talent Agency” and a staff member at ADA (American Dance Alliance). She is also the proud assistant Coach to South Miami High’s Dance team, “The Charmers”. Her dream to establish her own Performing Arts empire, with a professional dance company and an enticing collaboration with entertainment agencies will become a reality as she currently pursues her studies at the University of Miami and broadens her experience teaching at the many dance studio’s and Public school’s located in Miami, FL.

Karol Gomez

Aerial Instructor

Karol Gomez is a contemporary circus artist specializing in aerial fabric based out of Miami, FL. She is 24 years old, born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Miss Gomez began her dance training in Ecuador in PAM Danza Teatro, since she was 3 years old, specializing in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Ever since she was little Karol has been around artists, dancers and sports. She was also in high school varsity soccer team, volleyball team and rhythmic gymnastics. She was introduced to Aerial Arts in 2012 in Ecuador, since then it has become her life.

Miss Gomez moved to Miami in January 2012, attended Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, with a mayor in Advertising and a Minor in E-Marketing and Social Media.

Karol’s aerial trainer is a Russian Veteran of the Moscow Circus – she has been training with him since she moved to Miami. He has instructed her on Aerial Silks Conditioning, Sequencing, Drops and Coreography. Additional apparatuses she trains on are: Aerial Hoop and Corde Lisse. His instruction plus her dancer background has guided her to be able to teach group/private classes plus intensive workshops.

Marialejandra Perez

Ballroom Teacher

Marialejandra Perez began dancing at the age of three when her pediatrician diagnosed her with a syndrome called “Pigeon Feet”. Pigeon Feet is a false recollection from your brain that allows the muscles of your feet and legs to stand inappropriately. Since she was so young the only cure was to dance because dancing initiated her feet and leg posture to constantly turn out, instead of turning in. This remedy was later forgotten and became her passion.

Marialejandra began dancing at small studios that with renowned ballet instructor Vivian Tobio. At the age of six, she moved to Roxy Performing Arts center to broaden her experience and learn styles such as jazz, tap, and lyrical. A few years later at the age of 9, Marialejandra began her professional training with the renowned studio called DanceTown. Here she learned Latin Ballroom, tango, contemporary, and point. At Dancetown she competed in competitions such as Starpower, Nextar, JUMP Dance convention, and the list goes on. She traveled the U.S in victory of these competitions. At Dancetown she was also featured on America’s Got Talent in 2012.

After a small injury during a Nutcracker performance in 2014, Marialejandra stopped dancing and began teaching what she loved to do. She has taught at various studios, middle schools, and high schools. She choreographs solos, duets, contemporary, jazz, and ballroom pieces. But she considers her dancing strength to be in Latin Ballroom.

Lynn Mantay

Ballet Teacher

Lynn Mantay began her dance training at the age of four and danced at various schools throughout Miami. At age 14 she continued her ballet training with Elizabeth Acuna Nuevo and Lissette Salgado Lucas at Artistic Dance Center. She had the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary works in competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition. In these competitions she acquired scholarships to several summer intensive programs, such as the Rock School and Lexington Ballet as well as getting the chance to compete in the New York City finals of Youth America Grand Prix. At age 15, she began assisting in ballet classes for pre-ballet through level 2 and soon continued to teach on her own at Artistic Dance Center. After graduating high school at age 17, she decided to continue her training at Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional division, where she had the opportunity to dance with the company as Chinese Tea in George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker. She entered FIU a year later to pursue a career in education while teaching classes at artistic dance center. She graduated on the Dean’s list and is now working as an elementary teacher while continuing to be involved in the dance community.

Maria Carolina Avedaño

Flamenco Instructor

Maria Carolina Avendaño began her training at the young age of 4 in Merida, Venezuela. She received her training from some of the most exceptional dancers and teachers from her country, as well as from Spain. She trained not only in Flamenco, but also in Ballet and Jazz for one year in order to improve her Flamenco skills. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to perform in many dance events and is happy to now be able to be teach at Artistic Dance Center, where she is looking forward to what the future holds.

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