Marcela Gomez Lugo
Artistic Staff

(She/Her)

Marcela Gomez Lugo, dancer, teacher, writer and translator, was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She began her pre-professional training as a ballet dancer at the age of fourteen under the direction of María Teresa Robles at Andanza School of Dance. Marcela continued to refine her dance training by attending summer intensives such as American Ballet Theatre, Bossov Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

In 2019, she graduated with the highest academic honors, from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance; dual minor in Dance Pedagogy, and Psychology. After moving to St. Louis, MO, Marcela danced professionally with The Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program (2019-2020) and obtained a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Currently, Marcela is a company member with Ballet314 where she performs classical and contemporary works such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Ragtime: The American Experience, among others.

She choreographs for local festivals, dance competitions as well as teaches and coaches for several dance studios/programs in the St. Louis area. Additionally, she is pursuing a certification in The Cuban Ballet Methodology.

Marcela’s passion for the performing arts, education and linguistics led her to design dance curriculum’s as well as translate various literary texts and entry websites. In 2021, she published her first poetry book “Leaves/Hojas” with Editorial Isla Negra. She is looking forward to teaching and choreographing at DPU Dance this season!

Classes

Seedlings

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on basic technique, rhythm and creative movement. Seedlings accommodates dancers 3-5 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Ballet (7-10)

A technique based class that focuses on body placement and alignment while in- tegrating grace, elegance and poise. Dancers will learn formal Ballet terminology, barre work and combinations in center. Designed for dancers age 7-10 who want to further their ballet knowledge and training. Dancers will require pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Open Ballet (7 & Up)

 A technique based class that focuses on body placement and alignment while integrating grace, elegance and poise. Dancers will learn formal Ballet terminology, barre work and combinations in center. Open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. Dancers will require ballet shoes for this class.

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