Charles Torres


Charles was born in Mesa, Arizona. He began his ballet training under Judy Churma and Florence Davich. Charles received full scholarships to San Francisco Ballet School, Cleveland Ballet School, Royal Danish Ballet School Workshops, School of American Ballet, Arizona State University, and has earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in 21at century Leadeship from St. Mary’s College.
His wide range as a performing artist encompasses the contemporary works of Balanchine and other 20th century choreographers as well as the full-length classics. Charles currently is a guest artist, teacher, and ballet master in demand throughout the country. Since 1998, Charles has been a principal guest artist with several bay area companies; Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Diablo Ballet, and with Company C under Charles Anderson. He has danced or created principal roles for Smuin Ballets/S. F. for internationally renowned choreographer and director Michael Smuin. These include “Cyrano”, “Q. a. V.”, “Carmina Burana”, “Starshadows”, “Bouquet Pas de Deux”, “Christmas Ballet” and the memorable “Pierrot” in “Hearts”. In December of 1996 Smuin Ballets/S.F. performed at Carnegie Hall for "Ira Gershwin at 100-A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" broadcast on PBS National Television. In addition to his work with Smuin Ballets/S.F. he danced as a principal with Ballet West Arizona, Ballet Austin, The Carlisle Project, Chautauqua Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and with the Sacramento Ballet (as Principal Dancer and Ballet Master). He also is a frequent guest artist with several companies in the Los Angeles and bay area, including appearing with the San Francisco Opera Ballet as a principal guest artist in " Tannhauser " and as a member in “Prince Igor ", " Ruslan ", “ Merry Widow “ (which was filmed for P.B.S. and B.B.C. telecast), and " Samson and Delilah “. He has danced principal roles in “Rubies”, “Allegro Brillante”, “Donizetti Variations”, “Scotch Symphony”, “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” and the son in “Prodigal Son”. Full length Classics include “Romeo and Juliet”, “Nutcracker”, “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella”, “Coppelia”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “La Fille Mal Gardee” and “Swan Lake”. He has worked with the following esteemed coaches: Malcolm Burn, Andre Prokovsky, Jorge Esquival, Violette Verdy, Henry Berg, John Clifford, Yvonne Mounsey, Stefan Wenta, and Bolshoi legend Mikhail Lavrosky.

Charles began his teaching career in 1989. He is currently ballet master (14 years) at Stapleton School of Performing Arts and at The Ballet Studio (7 years) under Henry Berg in San Francisco. He is also a guest teacher at San Francisco Dance Center (Home of Lines Contemporary Ballet) and the Santa Clara Ballet School under Joesfa Reyes. Charles is highly respected for stepping in at the last minute and saving the day, from teaching to choreographing to completing entire productions for both children and professionals. Charles choreographed the children’s dance for twenty-fifth anniversary production of “ Deck the halls “ a holiday family production presented every year by the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also guest taught for Joe Lanteri’s, New York City Dance Alliance Tour in which he was highly acclaimed for his coaching to the aspiring young artists. He spent six years as a faculty member and as rehearsal assistant at the Ballet San Jose/Silicon Valley School (formerly San Jose/Cleveland Ballet). Charles teaches classical ballet technique, pas de duex, pointe, floorebarre, men’s class and boy’s class. He also coaches professional, intermediate and beginning dancers alike and has choreographed for musicals such as Fame, Footloose, Oklahoma, Cinderella, and The Wedding Singer, restaged classical variations, sections of full-lengths ballets, and coached contemporary works for young artists and professionals. His students have gone on to all the major ballet schools, colleges, and universities around the globe. Charles has guest taught or resided at the Sacramento Ballet, Western Ballet School, Zohar School of Dance, San Jose Dance Theatre, Brady Street Dance Center, San Francisco Dance Center (home of Lines Contemporary Ballet), Jeannie Wright School of Dance, Brava Dance Eureka School (frequent guest teacher and coach), Westlake School of Performing Arts (guest artist and teacher), The Vacaville Ballet School, Marin Ballet, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, Santa Clara Ballet School, South Bay Dance Center, Loyola Marymount University, Stanford University, Glendale Community College [seasonal guest teacher, lecturer, and choreographer] and Westside Ballet under Yvonne Mounsey.

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