Mariaelena Ruiz - PTP Director - Cary Ballet Conservatory Artistic Director - Cary Ballet Company
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Professional Training Program Director - Cary Ballet Conservatory, NC
Artistic Director - Cary Ballet Company, NC
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Mariaelena Ruiz was born in Caracas Venezuela where she received her training with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s Prima Ballerina Nina Novak. Mariaelena was a finalist at the Jackson USA IBC competition, earning a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the world, the School of American Ballet where she trained for 3 years. She was also awarded the 3rd place and Best Couple Award at Varna International Ballet Competition. Mariaelena danced professionally since age 14, dancing principal and soloist roles in classical and contemporary repertoire with Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Cleveland San Jose Ballet and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet directed by Balanchine's muse, Suzanne Farrell. Mariaelena was Ballet Master and coach at the Rock School for Dance Education from 2001- 2015 There, she trained some of the brightest stars in ballet today and was part of the award winning Documentary “ First Position” In 2015, Mariaelena and her husband became part owners of Cary Ballet Conservatory where she is Director of the Professional Training Program and Cary Ballet Company’s Artistic Director. She has been responsible for creating one of the best Professional Training Programs not only in the area but recognized nationally and internationally, earning the YAGP Outstanding School Award since 2017 as well as ADC IBC's Outstanding Coach in 2016 and ADC’s Outstanding School Award in 2017 and 18. For her incredible and fast transformation of the Professional Program of the Conservatory as well as all her work previously, she landed the Cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in 2017, and, in 2019, she was recognized with the Youth America Grand Prix NY Finals Outstanding Teacher Award.