The Nutcracker


Collaboration with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 2pm & 7pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall


13350 FSW Parkway | Fort Myers

Mary Carmen Catoya, Principal Guest Artist
Renato Penteado, Principal Guest Artist
Iliana Lopez & Franklin Gamero, Artistic Directors, Gulfshore Ballet
Andrew M. Kurtz, Conductor

Gulfshore Ballet performs with full symphony orchestra and former Miami City Ballet principal dancers Mary Carmen Catoya and Renato Penteado. This two-act ballet was composed by Tchaikovsky and is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann that centers on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. It is a great introduction to classical music and dance for children.

Sponsored in part by Retina Health Center.




Born in Venezuela, Mrs. Catoya began her training at the age of 6 in Caracas at Everest Mayora Studio and began her professional career at the age of 13. She danced with the Youth Ballet of Venezuela, the Contemporary Ballet of Caracas, the Cleveland Ballet and as a principal with the National Ballet of Caracas, where she was coached and trained by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev.

Ms. Catoya dance as a principal at the Miami City Ballet from 1999 to 2015. Her repertoire includes works of George Balanchine, Vicente Nebrada, Dennis Nahat and Vladimir Issaev.

Ms. Catoya has danced extensively abroad at many festivals and galas, including an international gala before the King and Queen of Spain, the inauguration of the Theater Simon Bolivar in Brazil, Dance Aspen, and the Gala of Stars at the Festival International de Santander.

Ms. Catoya received the award “Premio Casa del Artista” as Best Classical Dancer of the Year in 1999  and “Premio Municipal de Danza 2002 as best dancer.

In 2004, Ms. Catoya performed for the opening of “Queen Mary 2” Ship Gala. She dances principal roles in nineteenth and twentieth-century.

In August 2005 Ms. Catoya was invited to dance “Una noche con Tamara Rojo” in Madrid, Spain.

In October 2006 Ms. Catoya danced the full-length ballet Don Quixote, to open the Carnival Center Performance art Center now Arsht Center in the city of Miami.

In 2008 Ms. Catoya was invited by Dennis Matvienko to perform in his own Gala Night at the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

In 2009, Ms. Catoya was invited to dance at the Orlando Competition Gala of the Stars. In June of 2009, she performed with Taras Domitro in Queretaro, Mexico and with Rolando Sarabia at the Fire Island Festival in New York City repeating such honors in 2015 with Kleber Rebello.

In July 2011 Ms. Catoya opened and closed Les etes de la Danse at the theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Miami City Ballet dancing the principal role in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial.

Ms. Catoya have been coached and trained by remarkable artists such as Jose Pares, Vicente Nebrada, Vladimir Issaev, Rafael Portillo, Zane Wilson, Karemia Moreno, Elena Madan Vera at the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet, Ileana Lopez, Violette Verdy, Jean Pierre Frohlich, Maria Cagliari, Mary Ashley and Edward Villella at Miami City Ballet.

Ms. Catoya has been invited as a guest artist in Spain, Brazil, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Canada, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Mexico, Bosnia, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba and Argentina.

Most recently Ms. Catoya performed with Kleber Rebello and Paulo Arraiz at the Ballet Now The Latin Stars Gala in Los Angeles conducted by Hernan Cornejo and Roberto Bolle.

Ms. Catoya has been invited by Vladimir Issaev to join Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida as a principal dancer for the 2015-2016 Season. For the opening of the season she danced pricipal role of Laurencia, in Laurencia Grand Pas, Kitri in Don Quixote Grand Pas and guest choreographer Alberto Mendez staged for her a new version of his ballet Suite Generis and renamed Eros Game.


Principal Dancer

Mr. Penteado was born in São Paulo Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven. He began his training , with Ballet Twin’s Academy and Studium Marisa Ballet . In 1997 he participated in a program called “Special Group of Classical Dancers of São Paulo ”. Through a course with “Cuballet” under the direction of Laura Alonso, he danced as a soloist in Giselle. In 1998, he was invited to dance the lead role of “Siegfried” in Swan Lake. Later that year, he became a semifinalist at the International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and Varna, Bulgaria. He was then invited by Mr. Villella to join the Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. In 2007 He married the Principal Ballet Mistress Roma Sosenko. He has performed many leading roles in the Balanchine repertoire, including, Donizetti Variations, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Ballet Imperial and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, to name a few. In addition, he has performed in Jerome Robin’s Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room and the Golden Section. He has also performed the lead roles in Don Quixote, Giselle and Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom among many others. In 2011, together with the Miami City Ballet, Mr. Penteado performed at the “Les Etes De La Danse” in Paris, France, where the company danced for three weeks at Theatre du Chatelet, Mr. Penteado has also served as a faculty member of the Miami City Ballet during various summer programs. Mr. Penteado also performed ,Jerome Robin’s West Side Story Suite and Christopher’s Wheeldon Polyphonia in 2013 – 2014 Season under the new Artist Director , Lourdes Lopez. Penteado has danced many principal roles nationally and internationally with Miami City Ballet including in Torino, Italy, Paris, Venezuela and Canada. Also Mr. Penteado was voted the winner of Dance Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2016 for Best Male Performance. Currently Mr. Penteado is a Principal Dancer with the Miami City Ballet.