Guest Teachers

Gabriela Becerra

Gabriela Becerra

Gabriela was born in Mcallen, Texas, and began dancing at the age of three. There she danced with South Texas Dance Theatre under the direction of Babil and Jill Gandara and later on began to train with Joan Manuel Reyes with Royal Dance Studio. She has been dancing for 15 years and in all types of dance such as: ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco, modern, and contemporary. Outside from the studio, she has attended various summer intensives which include Ballet Pensacola (Pensacola, Florida), Western Ballet Theatre (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico), Centro Prodanza (Havana, Cuba) and Ballet Austin (Austin, Texas). After high school, she moved to Boston to train with the Boston Ballet School and had the opportunity to work with their City Dance outreach program in which the elementary students explore all kinds of dance and movement. Aside from teaching, Gabriela is currently training to pursue her professional career in dance.

Gino Di Marco

Gianni Di Marco

Gianni Di Marco joined the Conservatory in 2006 as an instructor in partnering and advanced ballet technique. He also teaches somatic and advanced partnering repertoire. In 2016, he started Step by Step!, a dance program for children with autism.

Di Marco began his dance career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where he was promoted to first soloist. He has also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Opera Leipzig Ballet, Boston Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, and Tony Williams Dance Company. His roles include Romeo and Mercutio in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet and pas des deux in Petipa’s Don Quixote, as well as works by Balanchine, Nacho Duato, J. Kylián, Hans van Manen, Cranko, Danny Pelzig, and others.

Di Marco has choreographed more than 50 original works, including Muñecas (2009), On the Brink (2007), and In the Window (2012) for Boston Conservatory, La Rondine (2003) for the Boston Lyric Opera, and Orpheus (2012) for Boston Baroque. He has created works for Boston Ballet, including The Nutcracker (1996), Dance on the Top Floor (1998), Raw Dance(2002-2005), and various gala balls (1999-2016), as well as multiple works for Festival Ballet, including Lady of the Camellias(2016), Scheherazade (2005), and El Amor Brujo (2009). 

Di Marco has been teaching ballet and movement to children and adults since 2000. In addition to Boston Conservatory, he has taught at Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, Harvard University, University of South Carolina, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He was the principal of Citydance, a Boston Public Schools outreach program. In 2002, he founded Adaptive Dance with Michelina Cassella, a program for children with Down syndrome and autism, at Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education.

Di Marco is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. He has studied with the National Ballet of Cuba and the National Ballet of Canada. He has completed Cecchetti certification (intermediate level), certification for Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®, and certification for Burdenko water therapy.

Hee Seo

Hee Seo

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training in her hometown at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School. She was awarded a three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C. In 2003, Seo won a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart. She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.p>/P

Seo joined the ABT Studio Company in 2004 and the main Company as an apprentice in May 2005 and the corps de ballet in March 2006. Her repertoire with the Company includes Polyhymnia in Apollo, Nikiya, Gamzatti, the Lead D'Jampe and a Shade in La Bayadère, Cinderella in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Twig in James Kudelka's Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, Mercedes and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle and Zulma in Giselle, Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas, Olympia in Lady of the Camellias, The Moor's Wife in The Moor's Pavane, Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country, Clara, the Princess and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Natalia in On the Dnieper, Tatiana in Onegin, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, the Fairy of Sincerity and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile, the pas de trois, the Polish Princess and a big swan in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, the Prelude in Les Sylphides, Ceres in Sylvia, Thaïs Pas de Deux and roles in Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Dark Elegies, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, From Here On Out, The Leaves Are Fading, Monotones II, Overgrown Path, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas,Thirteen Diversions and Valse Fantaisie. She created a leading role in With a Chance of Rain.

Seo was appointed a Soloist in August 2010 and a Principal Dancer in July 2012.

Seo made Guest appearance at Mariinsky Ballet for her well known repertories Giselle and Sleeping Beauty and dance most prestigious stages In Italy, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Mexico,United Kingdom Russia and many more.

Seo also is a founder of non-profit foundation called "HeeSeo foundation" and a representer of YAGP Korea.

Ms. Seo's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Pamela and David B. Ford.

Herman Cornejo

Herman Cornejo

Argentine born Herman Cornejo is one of the most celebrated dancers of our present age.

He was admitted to study at Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires at the age of 9. At age 14 he received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, after which he was summoned by Julio Bocca to join the Ballet Argentino, alternating the major roles of the repertoire with him during the world tour of the company. At 16 he won the Gold Medal at the VIII International Moscow Competition, being the youngest dancer to get this award in the history of the competition until now. In 1998, at 17, he was invited to join ABT Studio Company. In 1999 he was selected to perform Bronze Idol in Makarova's La Bayadere with the American Ballet Theatre in Japan. He was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2003. Since then, he has been one of the greatest stars of the company.

Considered a prodigy by teachers and critics alike, he has received numerous awards and honors: he was appointed Messenger of Peace by UNESCO; "Dancer of the Year" by The New York Times; Star of the 21st Century in 2005; ”Mr. Expressivity" in the International Ballet Festival "Dance Open" in St. Petersburg in both 2010 and 2013; Bessies Award presented by the "NY Dance & Performance League" in New York; and the Positano Prize 2014 in Italy. In 2014, he was also awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize, which defined him as the best dancer of the year.

In 2012, he began an intense artistic collaboration with the great Italian ballerina Alessandra Ferri, beginning with the production of "Cheri", directed by Martha Clarke. This collaboration has given impulse to various other projects, such as "Trio ConcertDance" and "Evolution".

In 2015, he debuted as artistic director of the "Latin American Stars" Gala, as a part of "BalletNOW", organized by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Throughout his career, Herman has become one of the favorite artists of the most famous international galas. Major companies in the world, including the Ballet Estable of Teatro Colón, Ballet of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Barcelona Ballet, Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba, Martha Graham Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Dortmund Ballet, National Ballet of Japan, among others, also regularly invite him as Guest Artist.

He has also donated his time to perform in charity events for several organizations, such as The Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, where he performed with Sting and Alessandra Ferri, and in events raising funds for medical research to fight Cancer, Down Syndrome and Poliomyelitis.

His repertoire consists of more than ninety roles of classical, modern and contemporary ballets. Basilio (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Romeo (MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet), Solor (La Bayadere), Jean de Brienne and Abbederakhman (Raymonda), Prince Désiré (Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty), Aminta (Sylvia), Johann (Roland Petit’s La Chauve-souris), Ali and Conrad (Le Corsaire), Franz (Coppélia), Ivan (Ratmansky’s The Firebird), Henry (Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII,) 3rd Sailor (Robbin’s Fancy Free), Rose (Spectre de la Rose), workwithinwork by William Forsythe, Rubies (Balanchine’s Jewels) and Apollo (Balanchine.

He also works regularly with the today’s finest choreographers. Mauro Bigonzetti, Jorma Elo, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Ana Maria Stekelman, Oscar Aráiz, Margarita Fernández, Martha Clark, Natalie Weir, Russell Maliphant, Mark Morris, Demis Volpi and Fang-Yi Sheu, among others, have created leading roles especially for him.

Cornejo has also choreographed for himself: “Tango y Yo” for Dance Open Festival 2010 in Saint Petersburg, “Two sunsets” for the “Dance against Cancer” event in 2012, “Transcendence” in collaboration with bandoneonist JP Jofre for the Kings of the Dance Tour 2014 and “Dentro” with pianist Bruce Levingston for “Trio ConcertDance”.

Ruth Whitney

Ruth Whitney

Ruth Whitney is a Boston based dancer who received her early training and performance experience with Boston Ballet, studying under Tatiana Nikolaevna Legat and Laura Young. She has performed regionally and internationally with companies including Boston Ballet, Teatrul De Balet Sibiu, and most recently as a principal dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. Her classical repertoir includes Odette/Odile, Aurora, Juliet (in Pavel Rotaru's Romeo and Juliet), Marguerite (in Gianni Di Marco's Lady of the Camelias), Firebird, and principal roles in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine's Apollo and Agon, Etudes, Carnival in Venice, Grand Pas Classique, Paquita, Les Sylphides, as well as featured roles in contemporary works by Gianni Di Marco (including Orpheus and Euridice with the Boston Baroque), Mihailo Djuric, Lorraine Chapman, Viktor Plotnikov (most notably Orchis and Coma), and Andrew Kelley's 1:2 "An Intimate Abstraction", among others. In 2005, Ms. Whitney graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She now teaches privately and has taught classes regionally including Jeannette Neills Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Elite Feet Artists Company and Wilmington Dance Academy.