Estudio de Danza de Maria Avila
Joined in 2004
Promoted to soloist in 2012
Promoted to principal dancer in 2015
BALLETS—SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
7 for Eight
Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Kitri’s Friends, and Gypsies)
The Fifth Season
Giselle (Myrtha, Solo Wili, and Peasant pas de cinq)
Nutcracker (Maid, Ballerina Doll, Queen of the Snow, Snowflakes, Spanish, French, Flowers, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Grand Pas de Deux)
Romeo & Juliet (Juliet and Acrobats)
The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Serenity, White Cat, Little Lilacs, Nymphs, Pas de Six/Diamond Fairy, and The Enchanted Princess/Bluebird pas de deux)
Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trois, Aristocrats, Cygnets, Swan Maidens, Neapolitan, and Russian Princess)
Makarova after Petipa
AWARDS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Awarded 1st place at the Cuidad de Torrelavega competition, 1996.
- Danced at the Volver Gala in Zaragoza, Spain, in May 2018.
- Danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Harlots) in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet and why?
Giselle is, to me, the first modern ballet. It was no longer about men, power, and important people. Modern ballet was about women, dreams, and imagination. The character of Giselle is complex, romantic, idealistic, strong, and courageous. She’s the type of woman one hopes to become.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Cinderella's ball gown because it reminds me of Italian designer Valentino. It’s beautiful and the mask is made of glitter. It’s hard to be upset when glitter is involved!
If you weren't a dancer, what would you be?
I wanted to be an architect as a kid. Back then I designed a tomato home that would rotate with the change of the season.