Vilma Machin, was born in La Havana, Cuba. She started her training at age of nine at the National Ballet School where she had 8 years of training. She graduated in 2001 at the top of her class as both Dancer/ Teacher, and joined the National Ballet Company under Alicia Alonso direction. She danced professionally with the Cuban Company for over 6 years , some of the roles included Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Ballo de la Regina ( Balanchine), and many other, including Alicia Alonso's Choreographies which she had the opportunity to stage for the first time as Romeo and Juliet, the magic flute to name a few. Vilma toured Europe, Asia, and Latin America with the Cuban Company. Later she traveled to United State where she danced with Miami Classical Ballet Company as a soloist for a season and performed Le Vivandiere, Bayadere, Swan Lake, Coppelia and many other roles . Later she joined Alma Dance Company as a principal, some of the roles included Dying Swan, Majisimo, Classical Symphony, Frankenstein to name a few. Vilma is Co-Artistic Director of Alma Dance Theater.
Vilma has had teaching experiences both in Cuba and the United States at schools such as National ballet of Cuba, Chicago Academy for the Arts, School of Dance West, The Academy of Dance Art, Faubourg School of Ballet, State Street Dance Studio, Barrington Dance Academy where in addition of teaching she performed Nutcracker in a season. She has staged and choreographed projects as Suite of Bayadere, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Paquita, among other.
Since 2010 Vilma has coached many students for the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. In this competition her students have won in Chicago and New York finals. Vilma received Outstanding Teacher Award at the New York Youth America Grand Prix Finals in 2011. Not only has Vilma’s students been finalists in the Youth American Grand Prix but her students have received full scholarships to ABT, Houston Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet West, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet just to mention a few. Vilma plans to continue teaching her knowledge and experience gained through her many years of training.
Guillermo Leyva trained at the Professional school of Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. After graduated he began dancing professionally at the Ballet de Camaguey under Fernando Alonso direction. He joined this Company for 11 years as a principal dancer where he danced several classic roles. Later he danced for 3 years with the Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, under Ann Marie D’ Angelo, Fernando Alonso, and Fernando Bujones direction. He also danced as a principal dancer with Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Lexington Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Illinois Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet de Santiago, Chile, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, Belgium. Guillermo has also worked with renowned choreographers, Alberto Alonso, Frederick Franklin and while at Joffrey danced under the direction of Alonso King and Randy Duncan. He is Co- Artistic Director of Alma Dance Theater.
Guillermo has coached students for The Youth America Grand Prix Regionals and Finals resulting with his students placing and winning in both the junior and senior divisions, he was Awarded Outstanding Teacher in 2014 at the Youth America Grand Prix Indianapolis Regional.
Guillermo was born in a very poor and dangerous place and his parent decided to send him to the Art School in order to obtain a better education and future for him. Guillermo will be always grateful for what his parent did because it made him what he is today.
Guillermo’s dream as a child was directed his own classical ballet company and being a successfully choreographer. He also dreams with have his own Art Ballet School to help child with low income to get out of the streets and become Professional dancers. One of his goals it is to keep giving students all his knowledge and experience, which he has always done with deep love.