Ballet Hispanic of the Arts
Maestro Alvaro “Al” Rosales
The first few years of my life I was raised in Mexico. I began dancing at the age of 5, learning dances from Mexico as I also began school there. After my second year of school in Mexico, my grandparents decided I should go back to the U.S. I resumed folklorico dancing again at the age of 10 but soon grew tired with it. I decided to join the dance class offered at my school, Lakewood Elementary, and during that time I was one of the only 3-4 Hispanics. It was there that I was introduced to modern, ballet, and tap. During that same year, I participated in a summer workshop at Southern Methodist University. That is when I decided to be a dancer – dance made me feel like a bird free of everything in life!
Since then I have studied under Nathalie Krassovska, Tanju Tuzer, Ann Etgen, Bill Atkinson, Anna Donovan, Vickie Squires, Kyle Richards, Amalia Hernandez, Olga Gutierrez, Jose Greco, Jose Limon, David Hopkins, Diane Korptiz, Jesse Verdon, and Kent White. I attended Southern Methodist University for two years, and then transferred to UT Arlington. I have a Bachelors of Science in Universities Studies from UT Arlington, and am working on my Masters of Science from UT Arlington in Education. I have been a teacher for over 25 years with Dallas ISD and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, teaching dance to over 700 students and then their children too. I have worked with Junior Players, Big Thought, Young Audience, Collage Ballroom Studio, Ballroom at Preston Center, Shakespeare of Dallas, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Dallas Summer Musicals – School of the Arts, Cherrilane School of Dance, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez, Texas Ballet Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre Three, Dallas Ballet, Tuzer Ballet, and now as Founder/CEO/Director/Choreographer for Ballet Hispanic of the Arts.
My passion is the children, without them, I am nobody. They bring something out in me that I can’t replace – and that is YOUTH! I believe that A YOUTHFUL HEART is A FRIENDLY THING. Youthfulness has an irresistible power of attraction. Those who have taught children before will undoubtedly understand it. We can all recognize it and identify it, but we have probably never thought of defining it – but it may be salutary to make the attempt.