Catalina Garza

CATALINA GARZA was born in Monterrey, Mexico and started her ballet training at the age of eight. She trained professionally at the National Institute of the Arts in Mexico from 1982-1990. Ms. Garza joined Ballet of Monterrey under the direction of Anne Marie DeAngelo in 1990 and later performed under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 1995, she joined the National Company of Dance in Mexico City. Ms. Garza traveled to the United States in 1997 to dance with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago under the artistic direction of Gerald Arpino.

Ms. Garza has had teaching experience both in Mexico and the United States at schools such as Chicago Ballet Arts, Academy of Movement and Music, and School of Dance West Ballet. She was the Director of Ballet at State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, Illinois where she created a ballet training program that included five levels of instruction for more than 65 students. Ms. Garza has staged, directed, and choreographed such projects as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Beauty and the Beast, the Nutcracker, and Etudes.She has coached students who placed in and won the junior and senior divisions in the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition in Chicago, and some of her students placed in the top twelve at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York.

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