Servy Gallardo

 

Servy-GallardoServy, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, began his dancing at the age of 15. Mr. Gallardo received his training under the tutelage of his mother, Glenda Lucena, (now a guest teacher for the Royal Ballet School) and his father at the Ballet Opera of Maracay, the conservatory of music of the state of Aragua, Venezuela. He received his Cuban training from Maestro Jose Perez, Karemia Moreno, Elena M Vera, and Julio Lamas. After only four years of training, he received his first contract at the National Ballet of Caracas. Within two years he was invited to join the National Ballet of Venezuela as a principal dancer. Mr. Gallardo danced as a principal dancer with many ballet companies including Cleveland San Jose, Sacramento Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Chautauqua Ballet. His career highlights include being featured in numerous principal roles such as Franz and Dr. Coppelius in “Coppelia”, Romeo and Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Basilio in “Don Quixote”, Albrecht in “Giselle”, and Puck and Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Mr. Gallardo has worked extensively on creating new works with renowned choreographers such as Dwight Roden, Mark Godden, Nicolo Fonte, and Alonzo King. He has performed many pieces by Paul Taylor, David Parson, and Donald MaKayle. Mr. Gallardo served as an instructor for Dance Place while directing the Boy’s program at the North Carolina Dance Theatre as well as the Company Teacher for NCDT. He taught at Davidson College in Charlotte, NC and the Piedmont Dance Conservatory. For the last four years he was the Ballet Master for The Rock School for Dance Education, choreographing many works. In 2007 he was awarded the outstanding choreographer Award at the Youth America Grand Prix Philadelphia Regional Competition. In 2010 he coached students at the Rock School for the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. His students have gone on to join companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Arizona, and the Houston Ballet.