Artistic Directors 

 

 

Vanessa Haidar

 


Vanessa graduated from the National Ballet School of Havana, Cuba as a ballet dancer and instructor.  Vanessa danced with the National Ballet of Cuba for 10 years, performing in classical ballets worldwide.  The ballets in which she has performed include Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Snow White and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Il Ballo de la Regina.  She moved to the United State in 2013.    Since then, she has taught at numerous ballet schools in Florida and Pennsylvania.    She has also coached students who participated in Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and World of Ballet competitions.  Several of the students she coached placed in the top 12 and top 24 in Pittsburgh’s 2018 YAGP and 2nd in the 2018 YAGP in Boston.  Vanessa resides in Bethel Park with her husband and their son, Diego.

David Martinez Coro


 Since moving to the United States in 2013, David has been teaching and performing in several ballet schools in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania.  He graduated from the National Ballet of Cuba as a professional ballet dancer and instructor in 2006.  David danced with the National Ballet Company of Cuba under the instruction of Alicia Alonso for more than 7 years where he performed a wide repertoire both nationally and internationally.  He has performed the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Carmen, Yarini, Corsario, Nutcracker, and many others.  David lives with his wife and son in Bethel Park.

Faculty

Hansel Correa Diaz


Hansel graduated from the prestigious Alejo Carpentier Ballet School in Havana in 2005. He then attended the National School of Arts to continue his career with a concentration in Spanish Dance (Flamenco).  Hansel graduated with high honors, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish Dance on July of 2011.  He began his professional career in the Corp of Ballet at the internationally renowned Ballet Espanol de Cuba Company. He moved quickly to soloist and principal dancer, having the opportunity to perform with international principal dancers such as Francisco Nunez (Spain), Jose Manuel Carreno, and others. His performance experience includes: Sevilla en el Tiempo, Homenaje a Martin Vargas, The Phantom of the Opera, Carmen, Romance Bacalice, Romance in B, Las Bodas de Luis Alonso, Asturias, Emigrante, Gitanillas y Toreros, Sombrero de los Tres Picos, Al Andaluz, among many others.  In 2013, Hansel made his debut as a choreographer, working with Victor Basilio in “Encontra2”.  Hansel was also an instructor at The Spanish Ballet School for 5 years teaching all ages (3 to 18).  Hansel now lives in Pittsburgh, where he has been teaching and performing with Laurel Ballet, West Point Ballet, Broadway Dance Studio, Laura Lynn’s School and Alba Flamenca Studio.

Adriana LaMantia


Adriana LaMantia is a recent graduate from Seton Hill University, where she earned a double major, B.A in Dance Performance and Choreography.  She has choreographed for numerous shows at Seton Hill University, the Fall Dance Concert, New Works in Progress, Westmoreland County Food Bank Dance Concert, and the musical ‘Nine’.  She also was an assistant choreographer for the College in High School Dance Festival. She’s performed at the Fall Dance Concert and Dance Spectrum at the university as well as the New Works in Progress.  She concentrated her studies in modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop and acrobatics.  Since graduating, she has performed in halftime shows at the Harlem Globetrotters game, RAWArtist Pittsburgh, and with the foundation called Reflections of Grace.  She is currently starting up a small dance company called ‘ContAct Dance Company’.  She cannot wait to start teaching at Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory.

 

Alexander Zankin


Alexander Zankin is a renowned character dance teacher.  He graduated from the Academy of Music and Dance with a Master in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with a Master of Arts in Choreography and from the University of Varna with a Bachelor of Arts in Choreography.    Most recently, he has been a teacher and choreographer with numerous dance schools across the Pittsburgh area including Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, Wexford Dance Company, West Point Ballet and Laurel Ballet.  Prior to this, he taught and choreographed dance throughout Bulgaria.  Zankin has won many awards for his work, including the Gold Lyre for Choreographic High Achievement (Union of Bulgaria), 1st Category Choreographer (State Commission of Performing Arts, Bulgaria), and Gold Pin for Performer High Achievement (State Dept. Of the Army, Bulgaria) and Extraordinary Category Performer (State Commission of Performing Arts, Bulgaria).

Assistant  Teacher

Abby Eslick


Abby began her dance training at the age of four at CMA in Denver, CO. She then studied classical ballet under Rinat Mouzafarov, Russian instructor, at Institute of Dance and Ballet Theatre in Minot, ND. She was at the top of her class earning multiple solo and duet roles such as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Storybook Ballet as well as a principal dancer in Handel’s Messiah.  In 2015, she moved to Jackson, MS to train at the School of Arts at Ballet Magnificat! where she performed in the production with the full-time professional touring troupes, Alpha & Omega Companies. Following her time in MS, she trained at Weehawkens Theatre in Montrose, CO with variations in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and aerial silks.  In 2017, she moved to Pittsburgh and began training with David Martinez and Vanessa Haidar. She is currently a student in Level 8 at Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory. She loves working with children and looks forward to assisting in the Children’s Division classes.