THE DIRECTORS

Lydia 
Oquendo Corrales
 
Co-Director of
St. Lucie Ballet
and 
Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher of Ballet & Jazz.


Lydia is a native of Miami Florida and was born to Puerto Rican parents.  She began her dance training at the age of five at Dancers Point Academy under the instruction of, Cuban dancer, Gerri Barreras Caruncho.  At the age of 19 she continued her education with modern dance, ballet and jazz at New World School of Arts in Miami, Florida. 

She then attended Miami International Ballet under the instruction of Maria Teresa Carriso, former principal dancer and choreographer from South America.  After training for 5 years Lydia joined her company, New Century Ballet. Here Lydia performed on latin television station “Univision”, numerous concerts, commercials and private productions all over Florida.  She has also traveled with performance troupe “Pirouettes”, on Cunard cruise ship lines, dancing in classical productions and jazz productions. She has performed and taught ballroom dance on Norwegian Cruise Lines.  Lydia has over 15 years of dance training and 14 years of professional experience.  

Lydia has been a guest teacher at MDA Dance studios for television, Hialeah Dance Center, Spring’s Dance Center, all in Florida, and Lexington Ballet in Kentucky.  In the north, Reif Center for the Arts in Grand Rapids M.N., Debbie’s Dance Studio in Biwabik M.N., Virginia High Schools Dance Team and Virginia College Dancers M.N.  In Duluth M.N. she was a guest teacher for The Duluth Skating Club, YMCA's Gymnastic Competition Team, both for four years and the Dance Department at University of Minnesota in Duluth. 

From 1998 to 2004, Lydia held a position at The School of Minnesota Ballet and Minnesota Ballet which included choreography, performing with the company, teaching company classes and teaching ballet and jazz at the school. Lydia was an asset to the school by keeping with the strong classical technique already being taught, bringing in new students to an energetic jazz program and opening up more Creative Movement classes for ages three to five. 

In 2002 she was appointed Outreach Program Coordinator for Minnesota Ballet where she shared dance and dance history with hundreds of public school children all over the north land. 

As choreographer, Lydia created Baila Mi Tango praised by the Duluth News Tribune for being “Edgy tantalizing and exotic”.  This was performed by the Minnesota Ballet company and was asked again for another tango, Caramelo the following year.  Other works of choreography were created for The Arrowhead Chorale’s The Merry Widow, South American Music Festival at University of Minnesota, the Reif Center for the Arts in Grand Rapids M.N., Stirling Dance Company in Grand Marais M.N., and for students and the Dance Department at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. 

As of August 2004 Lydia and her husband Rogelio Corrales are proud owners of their own dance studio called St. Lucie Ballet in Port St. Lucie Florida. Currently the studio puts on two performances a year, the Nutcracker and the Spring Performance. In spring Lydia and Rogelio introduce students to more classics by creating suites of Coppélia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and others. They are mindful of the original choreography but also sensitive to what young dancers are capable of doing and are able to strike a balance to help them improve and look their best. For the second part of the spring show students display their versatility with choreography in style of modern, jazz, neo-classical, tap, and hip hop. (St. Lucie Ballet always stresses the importance of technique gained in classical ballet and recommends ballet to all dancers.) 

In the winter The Nutcracker is a full-length production performed at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce. Large props, backdrops, costumes, and special effects add to the exciting choreography to make this one of the biggest events of the year.  

Lydia considers herself a specialist of teaching dance to children and well as being a magnet for little girls. She explains carefully and at the same time keeps the class moving and entertaining. Mrs. Lydia thoroughly enjoys her work.

 







 





Faculty | Guest Artists




Rogelio
Corrales


Dancer, Ballet Master 
and
Co-Director of
St. Lucie Ballet



A native of Cuba, Rogelio studied ballet with many of the best ballet masters of his country.  He graduated in 1991 at the age of 18 from The National School of Ballet in Havana. Here they studied ballet, modern, folklorico, methodology, history and anatomy. 

The following year he joined the Ballet Juvenil de Caracas for two years then The Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas for one year before coming to The United States.

His first company in the U.S. was Bay Ballet Theatre of Tampa. Then as a free-lance performer guest appearing with many dance academies and dance companies such as Ft. Lauderdale’s Ballet Classique, Columbus Youth Ballet, Palm Beach Ballet Center, Miami International Ballet, Lexington Ballet and Miami Hispanic Ballet. In 1996 he joined The Sarasota Ballet for two seasons.

From 1998 to 2004 Rogelio was principle at Minnesota Ballet in Duluth MN. He brought to life so many roles classical and others that were highly praised in the Duluth News Tribune. He was loved and admired by all his peers for his discipline at work, his virtuosity on stage, and his gentle personality off. 

In 2005 he became member of Ballet Florida in Palm Beach Florida. He very quickly moved through the ranks to portray many important and principle roles at this company. As guest performer for the Rockford Dance Company in Illinois he was reviewed by The Rock River Times. “Rogelio Corrales, whose polished technique, impressive leaps and charisma made him a scene-stealer.” 

Many of the roles Rogelio has portrayed are the leads in The Nutcracker, Coppélia, (was praised by the Duluth News Tribune for being “...amazingly expressive and funny”), La Fille Mal Gardee, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cinderella and many other classical and contemporary ballets. Rogelio has been featured in famous choreographer’s works such as Allegro Brillante and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux by George Balanchine and works by Anthony Tudor. 

Also, he presently is a resident artist for Ballet Palm Beach (formerly known as Florida Classical Ballet Theatre) in Palm Beach Gardens. There, he has danced many leading roles including The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Don Quixote. He has also toured with them to Russia and to Cuba.

Rogelio is an extraordinary teacher and coach. He is able to share his professional experiences with his students and give them that insight that can only by given by someone that has had a career in this profession. His attention to detail has transformed many young dancers. He’s taught with the School of Minnesota Ballet and is now a teacher at his own studio St. Lucie Ballet. Rogelio continues to guest appear in various ballet company performances throughout Florida and the U.S.


 

Lydia Oquendo Corrales and Rogelio Corrales