Artistic Director, Ballet Master
Mr. Campaneria was born in Cuba and was trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba under the guidance of Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Azari Plisetski. He joined the National Ballet of Cuba and was promoted to soloist at the age of 17. He won the Bronze Medal in the Junior category at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He also partnered with Alicia Alonso in Marguerite, Armand and other ballets.
Upon leaving Cuba, Mr. Campaneria danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Harkness Ballet, America Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballets de San Juan.
Mr. Campaneria has over 45 years of dance experience as a Principal Dancer, guest artist, choreographer and artistic director in various well established ballet companies all over the world. In 2007 President Georg W. Bush appointed Mr. Campaneria to serve on the National Endowment of the Arts Council (NEA).
In August 2008, Mr. Campaneria was appointed the chair of dance at The Hartt School Community Division.
For over 20 years, Mr. Campaneria has been invited to Japan, serving four schools as Artistic Advisor, coach, choreographer and selective liaison bringing professional artists from the U.S. to perform in his ballet productions in Japan. Additionally, Mr. Campaneria has been strategic in training talented international students from abroad in his programs here in the United States. Since 2010, Mr. Campaneria has been Artistic Director and Ballet Master coaching pre-professional students and professional dancers in the state of North Carolina. He currently has over twenty former students who are working in professional companies all around the world.
Under his professional coaching, numerous students have competed in many world competitions and won top places in both Classical and Contemporary Ballet categories. In addition, he has been awarded “The Outstanding Teacher Award” by the Youth America Grand Prix in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Mr. Campaneria provided the opportunity and selected top students to perform abroad, dancing leading roles which provided not only invaluable dance experience and exposure to the students but tremendous personal cultural enrichment.
In September 2015, Mr. Campaneria established a permanent home in his own school in Cary, North Carolina - Campaneria Ballet School.