Africa Guzmán, International ballet teacher, Choreographer, Africa Guzman Dance Project artistic director, Africa Guzmán Ballet School artistic director, teacher of the Classical Ballet Workshop at the Professional Conservatory of Dance Carmen Amaya in Madrid, Assistant Ballet Master of Nacho Duato´s ballets.

Africa Guzman was born in Madrid, Spain. She studies with her mother at Africa Guzmán Ballet School and the National Ballet School of Spain under Lola de Ávila´s direction.

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, at the Edge of 16, she joined 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, highlighting the roll of Lisa in “La fille mal gardée” with 18 years old.

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

In 2003, she joined Netherland Dans Theater under the direction of Glenn Edgerton , until her returned to CND in 2005.

Africa has also worked with many internationally renowned choreographers and has in her repertoire a wide variety of works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and 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.

She has participated in the Master Classes of Maya Plisetskaya in 1992 and in the course of Pedagogy of Dance with Aurora Bosch in 1996.

In 2000, Africa presented her first choreography in Madrid titled Reflejos de un

Lied, for the Choreographic Workshop of Compañía Nacional de Danza. Her choreographic works have led her to create pieces for Ballet West for the National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City, the Alvin Ailey School in New York,  Joffrey Ballet School in New York and San Francisco, and Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya and Africa Guzman Dance Project in Madrid.

Her ballet Sweet and Bitter, commissioned by Ballet West for their National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City, premiered in May 2018, had a preview at the Joyce Theater in New York in October 2017, having a great success with the public and critics.

Ms. Guzman is a ballet master and assistant of Nacho Duato´s Works restaging them around the world. 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, the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Chicago, the Mijhailovski Theater in Saint Petersburg, the Staninslavsky Ballet Theater in Mocow.

Since Africa stops dancing in 2010, she continues her career as a ballet and contemporary teacher at the Africa Guzmán Ballet School and the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya in Madrid.

As an International Guest Teacher Africa has been invited to teach to the Netherland Dance Theater, to Ballet Nacional del  SODRE in Montevideo first under Julio Bocca´s direction and then Igor Yebra´s direction. to The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the School of Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, the Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio Center in NY and San Francisco, to Sydney with New York Dance Project, and to Area Jeune Ballet in Geneva.

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 televisión (NPS) “Kerst met het NDT”; and in 2010, she filmed the documentary “Nacho Danse la Danse” by Alain Deymier.

Africa has been invited in the 2018 and 2019 edition to be part of the reality show FAME TO DANCE as the ballet teacher and choreographer, broadcast live on the television network #Cero of MoviStar and the YouTube channel that the program has.

In 2020, she created the company Africa Guzmán Dance Project, a formation that offers a wide repertoire of different styles with which highlights the versatility that characterizes this company.

2000 Reflejos de un Lied
2010 From the inside
2010 Without mask
2011 Baroque
2011 Doll’s serenade
2011 Scarlet Symphony
2011 Romance
2012 Divertimento in three
2012 Here and Beyond
2013 Transgressing limits
2013 In silence
2014 The Stolen Path
2014 Morgen
2015 On The Strings
2015 Hidden Soul
2015 Calm Tide
2016 Fire of Passion
2016 Mambo Shake
2017 Sweet and Bitter
2018 The Way of 1000 and One Commet
2019 Meeting Along the Edge
2020 Death and the Maiden
2021 Clarity

La Fille mal Gardeé (Lisa) by Petipá,
Raymonda (great paso a dos), by Petipá,
Paquita by Petipá,
Swan Lake (step to three of the first act), by Petipá,
Swan Lake (second act), by Petipá,
Four Temperaments, by George Balanchine,
Theme and Variations, by George Balanchine,
Agon, by George Balanchine,
Serenade, by George Balanchine,
The Sylphides, by Mikhail Fokine,
Muñecos (paso a dos), by Alberto Mendez,
Carmen, by Alberto Mendez,
Hoja de Album, by Ray Barra,
Walpurgist night, by Gounod,
La Willi
Arenal, by Nacho Duato,
Remansos, by Nacho Duato,
Without words, by Nacho Duato,
Multiplicity. Formas de silencio and Vacío, by Nacho Duato,
Por vos muero, by Nacho Duato,
Cero sobre cero, by Nacho Duato,
Duende, by Nacho Duato,
Self, by Nacho Duato,
Rassemblement, by Nacho Duato,
Cautiva, by Nacho Duato,
Na Floresta, by Nacho Duato,
Mediterránea, by Nacho Duato,
Coming Together, by Nacho Duato,
Empty, by Nacho Duato,
Concierto Madrigal, by Nacho Duato,
Sinfonía India, by Nacho Duato,
Tabuláe, by Nacho Duato,
Romeo and Juliet, by Nacho Duato,
Arcángelo, by Nacho Duato,
Ofrenda de Sombras, by Nacho Duato,
Txalaparta, by Nacho Duato,
White Darkness, by Nacho Duato;
Gavines i Dragons, by Nacho Duato,
Sueños de Éter, by Nacho Duato,
L’homme, by Nacho Duato,
Gilded Goldbers, by Nacho Duato,
Herrumbre, by Nacho Duato,
Alas, by Nacho Duato,
Cor Perdut, by Nacho Duato,
Gnawa, by Nacho Duato,
Kol Nidre, by Nacho Duato,
In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, by William Forsithe,
Artifact II, by William Forsithe,
Enemy in the Figure, by William Forsithe,
Work within work, by William Forsithe,
Stamping Ground, by Jiri Kylian,
Petite Mort, by Jiri Kylian,
Forgotten Land, by Jiri Kylian,
No more play, by Jiri Kylian,
Wings of wax, by Jiri Kylian,
Where about unknown, Jiri Kylian,
Symphony of Psalms, by Jiri Kylian,
Sinfonieta, by Jiri Kylian,
One of a kind, by Jiri Kylian,
Old Children, by Mats Ek,
Arbos, by Ohad Naharin,
Perpetuum, by Ohad Naharin,
Excerpts from Kir, by Ohad Naharin,
Queens of Golub, by Ohad Naharin,
SH-Boom, by Paul Lightfoot, Sol León,
Walking Mad, by Johan Inger,
1st flash, by Jorma Elo,
Noces, by Angelin Prejolcaj,
Thirteen gestures for a body, by Olga Roriz,
In the hidden seconds, by Nicolo Fonte,
Told in Red, by Nicolo Fonte,
Fugitives Pieces, by Paul Norton,
Arches of Frost, by Örjan Anderson,
Chapter 10, by Gustavo Ramirez,
Excesive seconde body smile, by André Gingras,
Petrushka, by Meryl Tankard.

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