Marife Gimenez

Classical BalletSummer Dance

Born in Venezuela, Marife started her ballet studies in 1982 at the Fanny Montiel School of Ballet in Caracas. Her repertoire includes the classics, Balanchine and contemporary works by today’s leading choreographers. Her professional career began at the age of fourteen with The National Ballet of Caracas under the Artistic Direction of Vicente Nebrada, where she was awarded by the Venezuelan Government with the "Jose Felix Rivas Medal" for her outstanding artistic achivements.

In 1995 she moved to Miami, Florida to join the Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer directed by Edward Villella. She has also worked for Maximum Dance Company under the direction of Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer and from 2006- 2009 she danced for Ballet Florida under the artistic direction Marie Hale. In 2001–2003 she was nominated the best female dancer in south Florida by the Sun Post. She has worked as a guest artist in different dance projects in Europe, China and various countries in South America as well as the United States.

In the past few years, Marife has given master classes around the nation—being invited by several ballet schools such as Gulfsore Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, School of Dulce Anaya, Cary Conservatory, Southwest Virginia Ballet and the UNCSA School of Dance. In 2010 and 2011 Ms Gimenez was invited to teach for the UNCSA School of Dance summer intensive, where she also choreographed two pieces for the workshop performances. Marife became a member of the School of Ballet Arts faculty in West Palm Beach in 2012, and also works as a teacher and guest choreographer for other schools in south Florida and teaches as a guest for summer intensives throughout the U.S.