Michele Ceballos an accomplished artistic director, educator, choreographer, and dancer. Her dance performance history includes numerous international ballet companies and dance productions. Additionally, she has been a pivotal figure in the Phoenix arts advocacy for over 13 years.

Prior her 1987 arrival in Phoenix, Ceballos danced professionally in Colombia, England, Germany, Russia, and throughout South American and the United States. As a student, Ceballos toured with The Saddlers Wells Royal Ballet.

Born in New York, Ceballos began studying ballet at the age of six in Bogota, Colombia under exiled dancer Vladimir Volski of the Bolshoi Ballet. A recipient of several scholarships, Ceballos continued her studies in New York City at Thalia Mara’s, The National Academy of Ballet & Theatre Arts, and George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet/The American Ballet Theatre. She joined The Royal Ballet School in London at sixteen, where she spent two years studying under the sponsorship of Margot Fonteyn.

In 1990, Ceballos founded Opendance (OD), a multicultural dance company performing in established theatrical venues as well as in community settings. OD company members are listed on the Artist Roster of the Arizona Commission for the Arts; additionally, OD has an outreach division that conducts educational programs for children throughout Arizona.




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