Next Generation Ballet

Additional Dance Faculty

Julio Montano

JULIO MONTANO (Ballet Faculty) Ballet Instructor, coach and choreographer. Julio is a native of Pinar del Rio-Cuba. He began his studies at the Provincial Arts School in Pinar del Rio-Cuba and continued his ballet training at the National School of Ballet in La Habana where he was trained by Lazaro Carreno, Ramona de Saa, Mirtha Pla, Joaquin Banegas among others. His career started at the age of 17 at Ballet of Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1993, Julio was chosen by the director of the cuban ballet company to perform in Lima-Peru at the official ballet company of the country, National Ballet of Peru, under the direction of Olga Shimazaki as principal dancer. In 1995 Julio won the Circe Prize top award for artists in Peru. In 2002 after 9 years of performing in South America, he moved to the United States to perform with Tulsa Ballet under the direction of Marcello Angellini as a soloist dancer for two seasons. Julio participated in festivals and tours throughout the world performing in Chile, Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, Mexico, USA, Portugal, etc. He has danced and performed a number of important leading roles in such classical productions as Cinderella, Paquita, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Sherezade, Majissimo and others. His neoclassical and contemporary repertoire include Duende, The Leaves are Fading, Lady of the Camelias, Nine Lives, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Revoltango, Romeo & Juliet, El Alma de las Cosas, among others. During 2005-2006 season, Julio was working at The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Patel Conservatory as Interin Co-Director of the Classical Ballet Training Program together with Sandra Robinson. He participated as judge for the National Society of Arts and Letters 2006 Dance Competition. In 2010, 2012 and 2015 he was awarded the "Outstanding Coach Award" at the American Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, FL. As a ballet master, Julio has given ballet instruction at the University of South Florida, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Ballet School, School Of Classical Ballet and Dance in Iowa, etc. and has been invited to join the faculty for summer programs in different ballet schools in the USA and South America. Julio has trained and continues training students for The American Dance Competition, The American Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition on a regional and national level, his students win top awards and receive scholarships to prestigious ballet schools and universities in the country. Julio is part of the faculty of Next Generation Ballet at the Patel Conservatory and he has been the Artistic Director of All American Classical Ballet School since 2006.

Giselle Guillen

GISELLE GUILLEN (Ballet Faculty) is a native of the Republic of Panama, and began her studies at a young age at the Escuela Nacional de Danzas. Her professional career began at age 13 at the Ballet Nacional de Panamá, under the artistic direction of Dame Margot Fonteyn and Nitza de Martin, immersed in the Vaganova and Cuban methods. She remained with the Ballet Nacional for more than 20 years. She studied under the distinguished masters Fernando Alonso, Jelko Yuresha, Ramona de Saa, Belinda Wright, Laura Alonsa, Marek Cholewa, Alberto Mendez, Rosanna Ruffo, Jose Pares, John White, Margartis de Saa, and others. As a dancer, she participated in many seminars and festivals both national and international, in Habana, Cuba, South America and Central America. She danced in such masterpiece works as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Raymonda, Paquita, Don Quixote, Giselle, Serenade Majissimo, and many others. In 1995, together with her sister Graciela Guillen, she opened G & G Estudio de Danzas in Panama City, Panamá, where she served as Artistic Director and Ballet Teacher until moving to the USA in 2005. She traveled with her students to seminars, festivals, and competitions in Habana, Cuba (Cuballet), Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Orlando, and Las Vegas, where her students won many of the highest awards. Since 2005, she has continued her work as a Classical Ballet teacher at several top schools in South Florida. In 2009 and 2011 she completed extensive seminars for Vaganova instructors led by the esteemed couple of John White and Margarita de Saa, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society.
 

Svetlana Datseva

Photo of Svetlana DatsevaSVETLANA DATSEVA (Ballet Faculty) Svetlana Datseva graduated from the Cherepovets College of Arts in Russia majoring in classical (Vaganova method) and character dance. She later joined the State Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia as a solo and corps de ballet performer in classical, modern and character dance. While performing with the company and teaching dance at local studios, Datseva received her bachelor's degree with honors in Stage Management at the St. Petersburg University of Culture & Arts. Upon her graduation, Datseva worked for several years as a lead dancer and choreographer in the cruise industry. After moving to the U.S. and working for a number of local dance schools, she is currently teaching levels 4A and 4B for Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet and Ballet 1: Beginning, Sec. II for the Open Dance program. Datseva is also currently teaching classical ballet at the Paulette Johnson Performing Arts Center and ballet and character dance at the Academy of Ballet Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida.
 

Megan Weathers

MEGAN WEATHERS (Stretch Instructor) Megan Weathers started with the Patel Conservatory in the summer of 2012, teaching restorative stretch and relaxation as a comprehensive approach to the curriculum offered in the dance department. She brings a deep understanding and passion for yoga and it's restorative quality to rest the body from physical and mental stress. Her goal is to maintain the health and wellness of each dancer's body allowing for longevity, creativity, strength, endurance and less injury within a dancer's career. Weathers is a certified yoga instructor, practicing and teaching since 1996. She received her 200 hour certification locally from Balance Point Yoga, and has since worked and trained with many master teachers throughout the country. She currently can be found teaching all ages in Vinyasa Flow, Gentle and Mommy and Me classes at Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation. To work among the talent of the faculty and students at the Patel Conservatory is an honor and has been the highlight and thrill of Weathers' career!
 

Sherrice Rose

Photo of Sherrice RoseSHERRICE BROUSSARD ROSE (Instructor) (Instructor) DPT PT CGFI is the director of Therapydia Tampa, a physical therapist directed practice based on orthopaedic, spine and sports assessment, treatment and wellness in Tampa Bay, FL. Sherrice practices evidence based physical therapy, emphasizing movement assessment, manual therapy, wellness, optimal performance and injury prevention. Sports training specialties includes but is not limited to Dance Medicine, Golf and Pilates. A Louisiana native, Sherrice worked for University of Texas Medical School-Houston Texas prior to graduate work, researching genetic data pertaining to orthopaedics, contributing to published articles in Clinical Genetics, Journal of Medical Genetics and Genomics. In 2012, Sherrice joined the Patel Conservatory as a Mat Pilates instructor in Tampa, FL. With her background in treating sports and ballet injury and utilizing her physical therapy and pilates training, she enhances the conditioning and performance of the dancer through therapeutic movement instruction and currently lectures in body awareness and injury prevention workshops. Sherrice commits to continued education to maintain competency in orthopaedics, spine, sports, wellness and injury prevention. She has trained nationally in a multitude of areas including pilates, dance medicine, golf assessment, kinesiotaping and attends orthopaedic and sports seminars to expand her knowledge base so the patient may be treated with an evidence based approach. Sherrice is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Orthopaedic Section, APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group, President of the EMORY UNIVERSITY Alumni Chapter of Tampa Bay and is involved with The First Tee of Tampa Bay as a Champions Member.
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