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On January 14, 2016

Africa Guzman

Africa Guzman was born in Madrid, Spain. She began her training with her mother at the “Escuela de Ballet y Danza Española Africa Guzmán” and continued at the “Escuela del Ballet Nacional de España” directed by Lola de Avila.

As a student, Africa was awarded honors by both the “Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid” and “The Royal Academy of Dancing”.

In 2007, Africa furthered her education with a “Diploma in Dance. Specialty: Choreography and Interpretation Techniques of Dance”.

At a young age, Africa was awarded first prize in classical dance at the County of Kent, 1985; at the County of Sussex, 1987; in the “Concurso Nacional de Danza Monteprincipe”, 1987.

In January 1988, she joined “Ballet del Teatro Lirico Nacional” (now “Compañía Nacional de Danza”) directed by Maya Plisetskaya where she danced principal roles in classical and neoclassical repertoire in ballets choreographed by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Michail Fokine, Alberto Mendez, Ray Barra, etc.

Under Nacho Duato´s artistic direction with CND, Africa was promoted to Principal Dancer. Africa had a long tenured career with CND and has played an integral role in a multitude of Duato’s work from 1990 to 2010. She has been a pivotal dancer in both the creative and performance processes.

In 2003, she joined “Netherland Dans Theater” until 2005 when she returned to CND.

Africa’s artistic career includes working with numerous choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot y Sol León, Hans Van Manen, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Angelin Prejolcaj, Olga Roriz, Paul Norton, Nicolo Fonte, Örjan Anderson, Gustavo Ramirez, Meryl Tankartd, André Gingras and many more.

As an acclaimed artist, Africa has danced in over 30 countries. Her artistic talents have led her to be a frequent guest at a multitude of international ballet galas throughout the world.

In 2000, Africa presented her first choreographed work in Madrid titled “Reflejos de un Lied”, for the “Taller Coreográfico of the Compañía Nacional de Danza”. Her choreographed works have led her to create pieces for the “Joffrey Ballet School”, the “Joffrey Concert Group” and the “Alvin Ailey School” in New York, and the “Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya” and “Ballet Joven Africa Guzmán” in Madrid.

Africa has continued to share her talents as a teacher at the “Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán”, where she started her career and the “Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya” in Madrid. She has worked as guest teacher for “Joffrey Ballet School” and “Peridance Capezio Center” in NY, the “School of Oregon Ballet Theater” in Portland and “The Academy of Performing Arts” in Prague.

Ms. Guzman is a ballet master and assistant of Nacho Duato´s works.

Africa was invited in 2013 and 2014 to work with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

Since 2012 she has been invited several times to judge the classical ballet exams for the private dance career ACADE.

Africa’s talents have led her to perform on stage as well as on film. In 1999 she filmed several episodes for Spanish television (TVE) series “Step to step with Nacho Duato”; in 2004, she filmed for Dutch television (NPS) “Kerst met het NDT”; and in 2010, she filmed the documentary “Nacho Danse la Danse” by Alain Deymier.

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