Mercedes Pablos (June 18-22)
Mercedes Pablos is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Dance Department at Hunter College, CUNY, faculty at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and The Ailey School in New York City.
She received her MFA from Purchase College, SUNY, earning the MFA award. She had the honor to participate in the first Dance Series at the White House and served as School Director for The Ballet Hispanico School in New York City. She was a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts from 2012 to 2014.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Pablos performed with Chicago City Ballet under the direction of Maria Tallchief, the National Ballet of Mexico, and Ohio Ballet, directed by Heinz Poll, with whom she toured in Central and South America. Ms. Pablos performed with Feld Ballet in Italy and was a guest artist with the Charleston Civic Ballet. In 1989 she joined Ballet Hispanico, touring both nationally and abroad.
She was on the faculty of the Ballet Hispanico School for twelve years and has been guest teacher at the Dance Department of Indiana University, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, where she taught and choreographed a piece to be performed at the graduation ceremony. She has served as a jury member for the International Dance Competition in Nyon, Switzerland.
Victoria Spangler (June 25 - 29)
In 2009, Ms. Spangler graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. While earning her degree, she performed in original works by Gabriel Masson, Onye Ozuzu, and Erika Randall, and studied under Patricia Renzetti, Robin Haig, Nada Diachenko, Larry Southall, and Nii Armah Sowah. Upon graduation, Victoria performed numerous featured roles as a member of Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, a professional Contemporary Modern and Jazz company based out of Denver, CO, under the direction of Chris Harris. In 2012, Victoria co-choreographed, and performed, in an original, evening-length work titled “Four Letter Words”, which premiered in on the main stage at the Parker Town Hall Arts Center. A Colorado native, Victoria received her early training at the David Taylor Dance Theatre, International Ballet School, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. During this time, she was fortunate enough to study under Nikoloz Makhateli, Milenko Banovich, Milton Meyers, James Clouser, and Debra Mercer, among others. She attended many intensive programs throughout this time, including the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA, where she spent a summer training directly under world-renowned dancer Fernando Bujones. While still in high school, Victoria was a member of the Apprentice Company with the David Taylor Dance Theatre for multiple seasons. Upon graduation, she spent two years, on scholarship, studying Ballet at Friends University, and dancing with The Wichita Ballet Theatre, both under the direction of Stan K. Rogers. Victoria has been teaching and choreographing in the Denver/Boulder area since 2007. Her pieces have won numerous awards at various competitions, including NUVO, KAR, StarQuest, Rainbow, and many others.