American citizen, born in La Havana-Cuba, Galvez trained with the best ballet masters of his time such as Ceferino Barrios, Adolfo Robal, Jose Pares and Aurora Bosch. His professional debut was in 1968 with the Ballet of Teatro Lirico of La Havana, I.C.R Ballet, and then became the principal dancer of the worldwide famous show "Tropicana". Frank is celebrating over 40 years in the life of Dance. He left his country in 1975, and began international guest appearances performing around the world, visiting over 40 countries in 3 continents. Frank Galvez's performing repertory includes roles in classical ballets Coppelia, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Vivandiere, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Diane and Acteon, The Flame of Paris, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Raymonda, and La Bayadere, as well as contemporary pieces from choreographers Tomas Morales, Santiago Alfonso, Gerardo Lastra, Victor Cuellar, Vicente Nebrada, Maurice Bejart, Roland Petit, and Alberto Alonso. In 1979 Frank Galvez became the Ballet Master and Principal Character Dancer of the Ballet Teresa Carreno in Venezuela under the direction of Rodolfo Rodriguez and Salvador Itriago. Galvez accepted an invitation from the legendary Rudolf Nureyev to perform the role of "Von Rothbart" in Nureyev's Swan Lake touring 6 countries in 30 appearances. In 1986 Venezuela, Galvez founded "The New Company", a performing ballet company of 20 professional dancers, traveling the country and gaining much success. Frank Galvez has been Ballet Master for the Danzas Tipicas de Maracaibo, Chamber Ballet of Zulia, Dance Theater West, Nevada Dance Theater, Ballet Concerto Company of Miami, and Ballet du Montpelier. He was Guest Ballet Master at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Company summer program. Galvez has created an extensive choreographic repertory. Among other Frank Galvez's original choreographic pieces are Three Loves, Forbidden Dreams, Coppelius Fantasy, Carmen, Rite of Springs, Encounter, Its What We Feel, Symphonetta in Black & White, and the re-staging of original works such as The Good-humored Ladies, Cappriccio Espagnol, and The Polovtsian Dances, as well as choreography for operas Semiramis and La Traviatta, and television musicals and commercials. He has been Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer for Dance Theater West in Nevada, Ballet Nova in Florida, and Lexington Ballet Company in Kentucky. Since 2003 Galvez has created an extensive line of choreographic works for the Galmont Ballet Centre for Dance Education and Youth Professional Company including his renowned original version of The American Nutcracker. Frank Galvez has been privileged to work with the finest.
"He is known for his commitment to excellence developed during years of experience, and for his emphasis on technique and energetic teaching style".
Galvez is married to co-founder~director Lucia Montero.
Ballet Mistress & Coach
Originally from Venezuela, Mrs. Montero began her ballet studies under the direction of Matilde Romo de Pierrefeu, at the school of ballet of Bellas Artes Theater, and graduated at the age of 15. Her repertory includes principal roles in classical ballets Don Quixote, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Giselle, as well as roles in neo-classical and contemporary pieces. Lucia has performed in Venezuela with Ballet of Zulia, Maracaibo Ballet, The New Company, and in United States of America with Ballet Concerto of Miami, Momemtum Dance Company, Dance Theater West, and Ballet Nova. Her versatility has allowed her to perform for two consecutive years in Las Vegas Review show Spellbound, and in musical productions A Chorus Line, and West Side Story. She has also participated in numerous festivals, and was recognized with the ACCA Award 1990 as Soloist Dancer of the Year for her performance of Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba. Lucia has been Ballet Mistress for Dance Theater West, Ballet Nova, and Resident Choreographer-Director for Jean Ann Ryan productions in Florida. From 1998 to 2003, she was School Director and Assistant Artistic Director for the Lexington Ballet. Her students have been accepted and awarded scholarships to major ballet summer programs, and to Dance colleges upon graduation. She is regularly invited to teach at summer programs throughout the country. Lucia Montero is known as teacher and coach with an extensive knowledge of the classical ballet and contemporary techniques.
"Lucia brings her energy and expertise to every aspect of her involvement with the dancers".
Lucia is married to co-founder~director Frank Galvez.