Franklin Gamero & Iliana Lopez, Artistic Directors
Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez began their career at home in Venezuela and continued through the San Francisco Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet and as soloists with the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf, then in 1987 they became Principal Dancers with the Miami City Ballet where they remained for eighteen successful years.
As guest principal dancers they have performed for different Ballet companies internationally as well as the most important Dance Festivals and Galas of Stars in the World.
They performed all of the leading roles in the classical repertoire as well as in the works by Balanchine, Bejart, van Manen, MacMillan, Petit, Nebrada and Kylian, among others.
During their years with the Miami City Ballet they originated many of the principal roles of the company repertoire such as Carmen, Prokofiev Piano Concerto, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, D Symphony, Aria, Purple Bend, Concerto for la Donna and Tobiniana.
They were recognized among the world’s leading dancers and Mrs. Lopez was featured on the cover of many important Dance magazines including, Dance Magazine (1997), Pointe Magazine (2000) and Dancer Magazine (2004).
Their dedication and passion for their career earned them special awards such as the Orden Arturo Michelena in Venezuela, the Key of the City of Baton Rouge in Louisiana where they were declared “Honorable Mayors”, the Proclamation of Miami-Dade County by Mayor Alex Penelas, the Proclamation of Hialeah by Mayor Raul Martinez, who declared “March 12th” the Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero’s Day, a special award by the “Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts” for their contribution to the Arts, and a special award from the “Jackie Gleason Theatre” for their outstanding contribution to the Arts in the city of Miami Beach.
Recently Mrs. Lopez was selected by the National Museum of Dance in the United States to put her Pointe Shoes in their permanent exhibition.
They performed for President Gerald Ford, President Bill Clinton and Ex-First Lady Hillary Clinton being invited afterwards to the White House, the Ex-Prime Minister of Israel Isaac Shamir, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Since their retirement in 2004, Mrs. Lopez has worked as Ballet Mistress and répétiteur for the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Gamonet, Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, Ballet de Santiago in Chile, Ballet de la Opera de Bordeaux in France and as guest touring Ballet Mistress with Les Ballet Trockadero.
Mr. Gamero has served as Artistic Advisor with the Teresa Carreño in Venezuela, Ballet Master with the Ballet Nacional Dominicano and Western Ballet Theatre in Puerto Rico, he has choreographed for the National Ballet School in Santo Domingo, the Alina Abreu Ballet school as well as for the America’s Ballet School in Tampa, Florida.