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    Max Luna

    Max Luna

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    Max Luna III's return to Ballet Philippines as artistic director brings his career full circle spanning nearly 35 years and 6 continents as an internationally acclaimed performer, teacher and choreographer.

    As a student, Mr. Luna began his training at the cultural center of the Philippines and continued in the United States at prestigious institutions such as the American Ballet Theater school, the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. From there he went on to dance with Ballet International de Caracas, Ballet Hispanico, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal and finally, six highly acclaimed years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Along with his stage career, he has also appeared on television in the " Bill Cosby show", the PBS series " Dance in America", the " Kennedy Center Honors" and on the Italian Network, RAI, in a documentary on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a teacher, Mr. Luna has been praised for a keen movement sense complimented by an in- depth knowledge of dance techniques. His extensive teaching credits include 20 years on faculty at the Alvin Ailey school along with Teato Nuovo di Torino (Torino Italy) Bartholin International Ballet Seminar ( Copenhagen, Denmark), Baardar Dance Academy ( Oslo, Norway) The Actors Studio ( New York, NY), Vignale Danza ( Vignale Italy), Sarah Lawrence College ( Bronxville NY), Peridance (NY) City College of New York, and Ballet Hispanico, (NY).

    Critically celebrated as a choreographer, Mr. Luna has been a resident choreographer at the Ailey School for 10 years, Teatro Nuovo di Torino (Torino Italy), Compania National di Canto y Danza (Maputo Mozambique), Howard University (Washington DC), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Roxbury Arts festival (Roxbury NY), Ballet East Dance Company (Austin, TX) Movements Dance Company, (Kingston, Jamaica) among many others. In 2000, Mr. Luna formed his own company, LUNA. The company has toured Nancy, Thoinville, Luneville in France. In 2007, LUNA opened at the Schimmel Center in New York City to brilliant reviews from the New York Times.

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