Artistic Staff

Gladisa Guadalupe, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Gladisa Guadalupe


Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gladisa Guadalupe started her training with Ballet de San Juan, becoming one the company’s youngest members.  At Ballet de San Juan Ms. Guadalupe studied under Lois and Carlos Serrano, Ana Garcia, Maria Carrera, Vanessa Ortiz, Ana Maria Castañon, Ramon Molina, Victor Huertas, Jose Pares, Miguel Campaneria.

A Scholarship Alumna of the School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, Ms. Guadalupe studied under the celebrated George Balanchine, father of American ballet and of the modern ballet movement.  She also studied under the School of American Ballet’s famed faculty members Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Alexandra Danilova, Irena Kosmovska, Antonia Tumkovsky, Kay Mazzo, Muriel Stuart, Elise Reiman, Suki Shorer, Robert Denvers, Richard Rapp, Madame Dubrovska, Madame Darvash, Robert Denvers and William Bergman.

After her studies Ms. Guadalupe forwarded to a career in professional ballet.  She has performed under legendary choreographers George Ballanchine, Dennis Nahat, Ian Horvath, Margot Sappington,  Ana Garcia, John Butler, Choo San Goh and Louis Falco.

Ms. Guadalupe’s career as a Principal Dancer has included work with Ballet De San Juan (Puerto Rico), Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela), The Cleveland – San Jose Ballet (San Jose, California and Cleveland, Ohio USA) and The Cleveland Ballet (Cleveland, Ohio USA).  She has toured North and South America, Asia and Europe.

The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Carmina Burana, Giselle, Don Quixote, Rodeo, Celebrations and Ode, Le Corsaire, Theme and Variations, Slavonic and Hungarian, Four Temperaments, Quicksilver, Cannonade, Escargot, Gaite Parisianne, Momentum, The Gift, US, Birds of Paradise, Serenade are all included in her Performance Repetoire.

After retiring from the stage, Ms. Guadalupe served as Director and Principle Teacher at The Cleveland Ballet School, the School of Cleveland Ballet.  There she was credited for maintaining the school’s high quality of training and artistic standards.  Concurrently, she acted as an Artistic and Company Teacher for Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company.  She has also been a Adjunct Instructor for the Cecchetti Council of America, American Ballet Theater, Ballet De San Juan, Ballet San Jose, Ohio Ballet, Rochester School of Ballet and The University of Akron.

Ms. Guadalupe has been recognized as a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts and for Promotion of Excellence in the Arts by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Ms. Guadalupe has also served as a consultant for The Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Center, American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet San Jose, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The University of Akron, Jack and Jill of America, Danskin, The Cleveland Metropolitan School District and many other community organizations.

Ms. Guadalupe has demonstrated success operating dance rehearsals and obtaining choreography objectives, excellentclassical dance movement coaching skills and student relationship experience.  With a dynamic and practical approach to instruction she has assistedstudents in effective training and application of their objectives.  Her success is attributed to her extensive arts experience and supplemented by her studies at Cleveland State University where she graduated in Psychology.

In addition to her the above mentioned accomplishments, in July of 2015 Guadalupe was invited by Peter Martins, the artistic director and chairman of faculty at School of American Ballet, official school of New York City Ballet, to serve on the Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.