GSB Presents A Fall Mini-Series of Classes with German Dager and Rafi Maldonado-López

A fall mini-series of classes (Contemporary Workshop) with...

German Dager, Instructor at Ballet Elite and Rafi Maldonado-López, Instructor at the Miami City Ballet and New World School of the Arts.


Levels 4-5-6-7-8-Pre-Pro

$40.00 GSB Ensemble students and $100.00 GSB students and Non-GSB students

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German Dager

GERMAN DAGER's studies in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance were completed at L'Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec official school for Les Grands Ballet Canadiense in Montreal, Quebec. At York University in Toronto, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He had extensive training and coaching under the direction of Magda Aufion at The Magda Auiion School of Classical Ballet, home of the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classic, in Fort Lauderdale. FL. He also trained on full scholarship at Miami Conservatory with Thomas Armour, at the Pennsylvania School of Ballet (now The Rock School for Dance Education) and the Boston School of Ballet. German danced principal roles in Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Le Corsair, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. In 1985,  at the Southeastern  Regional Ballet Festival, he was honored with a Dance  Magazine  scholarship and sent  to  New  York to  train  with some  of the  most prestigious teachers in the United States.

German danced professionally with Boston Ballet, Ballet de Montreal under the artistic direction of Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida and was a guest dancer with Compaiiia Colombiana de Ballet. Mr. Dager has been teaching and coaching dancers since 1986. He has taught at Ballet Arts, International where he was the owner and Artistic Director for 15 years, at Magda Auiion School of Classical Ballet, and was the Assistant Director to The Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique Nutcracker Ballet Production. Mr. Dager has taught at many ballet studios in South Florida including Ballet Elite, Encore Dance Theatre, Meg Segreto’s Dancer Center, Stella’s Dancers Studio, Michael's Academy of Performing Arts and Distinction Dance and Talent.

Mr. Dager has been a guest teacher and judge for Dance Masters of America, and Florida Dance Masters. He is a certified classical ballet teacher by examination, an active member of Florida Dance Masters and in the U.S. he holds the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Teaching Dance. Recently Mr. Dager was featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine as Teacher in the Spotlight.

Mr. German's coaching has placed his students always in top placements in both classical and contemporary soloist divisions at the prestigious international Youth America Grand Prix competition, The American Dance Competition and the Universal Ballet Competition. His graduating students have been accepted into the best University's dance programs in the nation, and his students have been accepted into major ballet companies in America and received scholarships to prestigious summer intensives programs including now the Paris Opera Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the San Francisco Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Houston Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, the Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The Orlando Ballet, The Next Generation Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.

Mr. Dager is also an ABT ® Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Training Intensive in Pre-Primary though Level 5 of the ABT ® Training Curriculum.

Rafi Maldonado-López

Rafi Maldonado-López is a faculty member of New World School of the Arts, where he teaches ballet and advanced Jazz for Music Theatre, and Movement in the Drama track. He has worked as a guest teacher across the Midwest as well as St. Petersburg, Russia, for the resident dance company of the famed Music Hall. He began his dance training in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Ballet Concierto and Ballet de San Juan, and later continued his studies under scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School and the Boston Conservatory.

He performed contemporary works with Boston Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet of the Dolls, Ballet Arts of Minnesota, as well as various commercial video works. Most recently he has choreographed for Anything Goes, Carousel, and Guys and Dolls, and has just been awarded a choreography commission for a new original Broadway musical: Palladium. Mr. Maldonado-Lopez is head of the Jazz department of MCB School since 2004.