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FACULTY AND STAFF

The CFB Academy is a universal dance school. Meaning that, we adore any child, young adult, or adult of any race, nationality, religion, or ethnicity that will step into our culture, and dance our many folkloric dances. That is why we offer a professionally experienced teaching staff and all our classes will also be supplemented by guest teachers, with many different dance backgrounds, offering lectures to our students in many rhythms.e backgrounds, offering lectures to our students in many rhythms.

JAIRO ALBERTO LASTRE (Guest Artistic Director)
One of the most prominent and talented dancers that has come from Colombia, began his dance training at age of nine at Incolballet in Cali. In 1986 he joined the Ballet de Cali as a Principal Dancer. With that company, Mr. Lastre danced leading roles in Don Quixote, Coppélia, The Nutcraker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Swank Lake, among others. In 1990, he was a scholarship recipient with the Houston Ballet Academy while being the Artistic Director of the USA’s Colombian Folkloric Ballet. On contemporary and folkloric dances, Mr. Lastre has danced as a soloist in Carmina Burana, Barrio Ballet, Enigma, Serenata Criolla, Alfonsina, and Intermezzi, to name a few. Since his arrival as Guest Artistic Director, Mr. Lastre has transformed The Colombian Folkloric Ballet by raising the artistic level and infusing the company with new energy and vision, and introducing new choreographies to the repertoire. Mr. Lastre is one of the most sought after choreographers of his generation in Colombia having created works for prestigious ballet companies and educational institutions as Incolballet, Ballet Santiago de Cali (Variations and Feelings, 1999; Don Quixote, 2000; Elegie, 2000; What It’s Left, 2002, Without Equilibrium, 2003; The Magic Castle, 2004), Ballet Ciudad de Bogota (Diverse and Ours, 2005; The Waltz, 2006; The System, 2006) and Universidad Javeriana (Tairo, 2000; Four Elements, 2002; Masquerade, 2003; Empire of Fire, 2004), and Instituto de Cultura y Turismo de Bogota (Swan Lake and Coppelia, 2003). He has also served as Artistic Director of Ballet Santiago de Cali and Ballet Ciudad de Bogota, and choreographer for a variety of musicals. He is the proud father of Miguel Angel, 2 1/2, and 6-month old Juliana.

PRISCILLA RIVAS (Assistant Artistic Director)
Born in Houston, Priscilla spent part of her childhood in Cali, Colombia and surrounded herself always with the music, dance and vibrant culture. As a young teenager, Priscilla took classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. At 17, she joined the Colombian Folkloric Ballet where she trained in authentic Colombian rhythms and other various Latin/African styles. In 2004, she was promoted to Assistant Artistic Director for which she takes pride in sharing a positive image of her beloved country, Colombia. Priscilla also broadened her dance horizons by learning belly dancing and creating a unique fusion of Arabic and Latin dance style which she incorporates into her shows. She is a member of Gypsy Dance Theatre where she performs every year at the Renaissance Festival with her pet snake, Khaleegy. Priscilla holds a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and teaches at the HISD’s John J. Herrera Elementary School.

JOSE ROBERTO CUBIAS (Assistant Artistic Director/Choreographer)
Born in El Salvador, he was introduced to dance at a young age participating in many local dance concerts and festivals. Eventually, he became instructor to the teachers who instructed him as a young child. Roberto joined the Colombian Folkloric Ballet in 1997 as a Soloist Dancer and promoted to Principal in 2000. He has extensive experience in folkloric dances from several Latin American countries having participated with many local Folkloric Groups including, among others, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Mexico, and El Salvador. In addition to working as a certified professional massager, Roberto is currently teaching salsa lessons to groups of diverse cultures. He also teaches in several Health Clubs, classes exceeding 60 members, very popular Latin Fusion class, which incorporates popular Latin rhythms in a single setting. He is happily married to Jenny Gimenez. They are the proud parents of a 5-year old boy, Nathan, and a 14-month old baby girl, Evangeline.



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