Ilka Doubek - Artistic Director, Owner
& Tom Fox
Ilka Doubek has been a professional ballet and modern dancer since 1973. She has collaborated with various renowned choreographers, theater and opera directors around the world. Ilka has guested as a solo dancer and/or choreographer in many of the major European opera houses where most of her performing career was focused. She has choreographed ballets, modern dances, opera dances, and movement internationally. She studied in Omaha, San Diego, New York, Canada and France, where she also performed.
Ilka, who received numerous scholarships and grant awards, was a member of the Omaha Ballet, the San Diego Ballet, the Frankfurt Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet before touring many nations of the world with her solo dance concerts. Ilka is a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a ballet examiner with the Dance Masters of America. She formed Litchfield Dance Arts Academy in 1995 with husband and partner Tom Fox and teaches a variety of classes there. In addition, Ilka is a guest master teacher and choreographer for ballet and modern dance with professional companies, schools, universities and dance organizations in many countries.
Annie Ruiz Diaz was born in Matanzas, Cuba
Annie Ruiz Diaz began her studies at the Vocational School of Art Alfonso Peres Isaac. In 2003, she continued her studies at the National School of Ballet of Havana where she participated in several competitions, festivals also she acquired international experience performing in Mexico and demonstration classes in Canada. Annie has won the silver medal in the 9th International Competition of ballet in Havana. In 2006 Annie Ruiz graduated with the title of professional dancer and teacher with honors (Pedagogical Degree) and excellence in major roles such as pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Diana and Acteon, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and La Fille Mall Gardée, among other well-known ballets.
In 2006, she joined the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso and in 2009 was promoted to Soloist. After an 8-year career at the company she danced some of the greatest classical ballets including leading roles in Nutcracker, Four Swans, Paquita, Giselle’s Friend’s and ballets: Munecos and Rara Abis created by the world-renowned master choreographer Alberto Mendez. She participated in many international tours to Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada, Australia, Brazil, among others where she taught as well. In 2013, she danced as the principal guest artist with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. In 2014, she moved to the company Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico as principal dancer and has celebrated her second season with the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, dancing lead roles.
Christopher Rodriguez Miro was born in Havana, Cuba
Christopher Rodriguez Miro started dancing at the age of seven, training at the Elementary School of Ballet of Cuba under Alejo Carpentier, and he continued his training at the National School of Ballet of Cuba.
Christopher was awarded the Bronze Medal at the International Students of Ballet competition in Havana in 2006 and went on to win the Gold Medal in 2008. He has performed in ballets such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Suite Paquita and Coppelia, and has performed internationally in Mexico, Cuba, and South Africa.
Christopher first joined the Columbia City Ballet in 2010 and has danced such roles as Spanish Hot Chocolate from Nutcracker and Flames of Paris Pas de Deux. Returning this season, Christopher has performed as Snow King and Dew Drop in Nutcracker; and takes on the role of The Prince in Cinderella. Christopher was promoted to Principal in 2015.
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