Edwin Navarro, Instructor
Born in Maracaibo - Venezuela, Mr. Navarro began his ballet training at the State of Zulia Ballet School under Artistic Director Guillermo Gonzalez. After graduating Mr. Navarro joined Ballet Danzarte de Maracaibo as a principal soloist, where he performed in many classical pieces such as Swan Lake, Chopiniana, The Nutcracker and many others.
Mr. Navarro received an invitation to join Ballet de Maracaibo as a principal dancer under the direction of Nedo Vojkic. Shortly after he became a part of The National Ballet of Caracas under the direction of Vicente Nebrada.
In his repertoire he has danced classical and neoclassical principal and leading roles in world famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, Raymonda, Chopiniana, Giselle, Walpurgis Night , Flower Festival, A Midsummer's Night Dream,Dracula, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Fiebre and Batucada Fantastica.
During his career Mr. Navarro received training and coaching from Sonja Stamberg, Rafael Portillo, Vicente Nebrada, Vladimir Loupujov, Ruta Butvilliene, Rumen Rachev, Sasha Vojkic and Vladimir Issaev.
After discovering his passion for teaching and ballet coaching Mr. Navarro trained with Irina Ivanova and graduated with a diploma and certification in pedagogy and classical repertoire in the Vaganova method from of The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2002.
Mr. Navarro performed multiple character roles such as Mother Comedia for the Miami City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee for the America's ballet School in Tampa, Gamache in Don Quixote and Stepsister in Cinderella for the South Florida Ballet Theater, Soldier in Carmen for the Gamonet Ballet, the evil Carabose in The Sleeping Beauty, and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night s Dream.
Mr. Navarro has performed as a guest artist with Gulfshore Ballet since (enter year here) as Mother Comedia, Mouse King and Dr. Stahlbaum for the Gulfshore Ballet's The Nutcracker.
Since his relocation to Fort Myers, FL, Mr. Navarro continues to pursue his passion for coaching, teaching and sharing his knowledge and experience in dance by instructing the students in specialty classes at Gulfshore Ballet. He is also certified in CPR.