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On March 20, 2018

Africa Guzman


Africa Guzman was born in Madrid, Spain. She trained with her mother at the Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán and continued at the Escuela del Ballet Nacional of Spain. As a student, Africa was awarded honors by both careers the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid and The Royal Academy of Dance of London. In 2007, Africa furthered her education with a Superior degree in Dance. Specialty: Choreography and Dance Interpretation Techniques”.

In January 1988 she joined Compañía Nacional de Danza directed by Maya Plisetskaya where she danced principal roles in numerous classical and neoclassical ballets. Under Nacho Duato’s artistic direction with CND Africa was promoted to Principal Dancer. Africa had a long career with CND, as one of Duato ́s muses Africa has been a pivotal dancer in both the creative and performance processes.and has played an integral role in a multitude of Duato’s works from 1990 to 2010. Africa danced with Netherland Dans Theater under Glen Edgerton ́s direction from 2003 to 2005. Africa’s artistic career includes working with numerous choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Hans Van Manen, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Angelin Prejolcaj, and many more

Africa has danced in over 30 countries and 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 for the Choreographic Workshop of Compañía Nacional de Danza. Her choreographed works have led her to create pieces for Ballet West in Salt Lake City, the Alvin Ailey School and Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya and Ballet Joven Africa Guzmán in Madrid. Ballet West commisioned Africa a ballet for their National Choreographic Festival in SLC premiered in May 2018 which had a fantastic response from the audience and critics. A preview of this piece, Sweet and Bitter has been premiered in NYC at the Joyce Theater in October 2017.

Ms. Guzman is a ballet master and assistant of Nacho Duato ́s Works staging ballets all around the globe. Africa was invited to work with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo, the Oklahoma City Ballet in Oklahoma, the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Chicago.

Since Africa stop dancing in 2010, she continues her career as a ballet teacher at the Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán and the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya in Madrid. As a guest teacher she has been invited to The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo under the direction of Julio Bocca, the School of Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, and the Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio Center in NY and San Francisco.

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

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 2000 she filmed the DVD “Three by 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.

In March 2018, Africa is invited to be part of the reality show FAME TO DANCE as a ballet teacher and choreographer broadcast live on the television network #Cero of Movistar. Her classes ahd a great impact on the audience, being the most viewed both in the live broadcast of that channel and in the YouTube channel that the program has.

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