Master Ballet Instructor
Damien Diaz studied classical ballet on scholarship at the Miami Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Houston Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. He danced corps de ballet with the Zürich Ballet of Switzerland and soloist and principal roles with the Leipzig Ballet in Germany, Dance Theatre of Vienna, Austria and the Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo in New York City. As a guest artist, Damien has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Atlanta Ballet II, Warsaw Ballet in Poland, Stuttgart Ballet of Germany, Tokyo Ballet in Japan, Clair Obscur Dance Company in Los Angeles and the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles. Some of his favorite roles that he has danced are the Cavalier and Snow King in the” Nutcracker”, Price Deriré in the full length “Sleeping Beauty”, Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake”, Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, Prince Charming in “Cinderella”, the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast’ and the lead male dancer in Balanchine’s “ Serenade”. He has created works for the California Riverside Ballet, Vicktorion-Eckstein Productions in Berlin, Germany, “ The Silence is Broken “ at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, the Lumoinario Ballet of Los Angeles and North Coast Dance in Eureka, California. He has been a ballet instructor for the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angles, The Burbank Dance Academy in Burbank, California, Riverside Ballet Arts in Riverside, California and open adult ballet classes at the Hollywood Dance Center. Damien appreciates and enjoys teaching the best of American (Balanchine), English (RAD), Russian (Vaganova), Danish (Bourneville) and French techniques to help dancers at all levels achieve a well-rounded ability which is so essential in the ballet world today.