NDC Owner/Artistic Director
Received his training at the Professional School of the Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. After graduating in 1992, he has danced as a professionally with companies including: Ballet de Camaguey; Ballet Pro Danza in Havana, Cuba; Miami City Ballet; Miami Hispanic Ballet; Southern Ballet Theatre (Currently Known as “Orlando Ballet”); Ballet Theatre of Chicago-Lexington Ballet; The Washington Ballet; Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico; Chicago Festival Ballet; Chicago Lyric opera, Alma Dance Company among others. Mr. Roque has performed principal roles in ballets such as Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Pas de Deux Classique, La Bayadere, Flower Festival of Gensano, Carmen (Don Jose), The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Diana and Acteon, Flame of Paris, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle (Albrecht), as well as a variety of contemporary and modern work. In 2004, in addition to his work as a guest principal dancer Mr. Roque was named Artistic Director and Head Ballet Master of the Ballet Institute of Southwest Florida and the Southwest Florida Ballet, Inc. His students have receive numerous awards in regional competitions, scholarships and acceptance into important programs all over the country and thanks to Mr. Roque's hard work, strict discipline and attention to detail the Ballet Institute of SW Florida, also received the “Outstanding School Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix in Orlando, FL 2008, bringing significant recognition to the program. In April 2010 Mr. Roque founded the Naples Dance Conservatory a dance school that mainly employs the Cuban School of Ballet method with the purpose of continuing to bring the best quality ballet training to Southwest Florida.
Ballet Mistress/Pilates Instructor
Trained at the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba and the ProDanza School of Ballet under the direction of Laura Alonzo. As a member of the San Francisco Ballet she performed a varied of classical and contemporary repertoire that included Sleeping Beauty (Helgui Tomasson), Don Quixote (Helgui Tomasson/Possokhov), Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Lady of the Camelias (Val Caniparoli), The Four Temperaments, The Fifth Season, On a Theme, The Dance House, Rodeo, Artifact Suite, Firebird, West Side Story (Suite) and more. Ms Patricia Perez has been a member of other prestigious ballet companies including Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Cleveland Ballet both under the direction of Dennis Nahat, Company C (Contemporary Ballet), Blankenship Ballet of Venice, Allegro Dance Company, Jefferson Ballet Theater, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Pointe of Departure, Ashland Regional Ballet, The Canton Ballet, Alameda Civic Ballet, Bayer Ballet among others.
She has held various teaching positions with Dance Connection (2002-2008), Blankenship Ballet Company of Venice (2001-2008), The Westlake School of the Arts (2005-2007), Jefferson Ballet Theater (2001-2006), Ballet San Jose School (2003-2005), Santa Clara Ballet School (2002-2005), Contra Costa Ballet (2009-2011), Alameda civic Ballet (2009-2010). Staged full ballets productions like The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, etc.
Ms Patricia received a full certification in Power Pilates and worked for Yoga Works, Walnut Creek CA, PT innovations, (Physical therapy clinic in El Cerrito,CA) and Beyond Motion in Naples, FL. Currently works at Naples Dance Conservatory in Naples, FL as a ballet teacher, choreographer and Pilates instructor.
Mr. Gio-R (Yovannis Roque)
Born in Camaguey, Cuba, started studying Double bass at the early age of 10 years old at the Vocational school of the Arts “Luis Casas Romero” in his natal city,in 1989 Mr Roque moves to Havana to continue his studies at the World renown National School of the Arts (ENA) under the direction of Master professor Román Alvarez and legendary Bassist and Master Professor Orestes Urfé on classical Double bass and legendary and virtuoso bass player Carlos Del Pino on electric bass and upright. in 1992 Mr Roque joints the revolutionary band “Contratiempo” leaded by chilean pianist Carlos Maza, featuring virtuoso drummer Dafnis Prieto, Leandro Saint-Hill on sax and Daniel Peñalver on flute. With this group Mr. Roque traveled to Europe performing in many jazz festivals throughout the continent including The Scene Nationale de Foix, Jazz Scene de Perigeaux, Label Jazz, Jazz du Limousin, Bordeaux Jazz Festival, Festival di u Ventu in Calvi. Concerts at the Centre Culturel de Terrasson and the Conservatory Gabriel Faure in Paris.
In 1994, Roque arrived to Miami and immediately started performing with the Miami Symphonic orchestra and the Florida international University (FIU) Philharmonic under the direction of Master professor and conductor Dr. Carlos Piantini. In 1995 received a full scholarship at the University of Miami (UM) and continued his studies with Master Professor Dr. Lucas Drew, at that same year Mr. Roque is chosen to participate in a series of master classes with legendary Master Professor Dr. Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival. From 1997 to 2002 worked as music director for Royal Caribbean International. After leaving RCL in 2003 started working as producer for Casas Music Productions with legendary cuban pianist and producer Rey Casas and bass player for international cuban super star and Grammy winner artist Albita Rodriguez.
In 2006 released his first solo album “Tales from Camaguey” featuring long time friend and legendary cuban bassist Israel Lopez “Cachao”.
Mr. Roque has been featured in well over 100 albums including Grammy nominated album "Amistad 404" by Paquito D'Rivera and has toured and record with many of the most important names in the industry, in 2010 composed and produced the music for Alma Dance Company of Chicago's production of Frankenstein. After his daughter's birth in 2016 Mr.Roque quit touring and today works as a solo artist in the Naples, FL area. and as music director for the Naples Dance Conservatory
Ernesto B Morales