Dance Department Chair
Mrs. Morales comes from an extended family of professional artists and educators. Early dance training was at San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, SDCYB with Maria Fielding. At age 11 she danced in the Bolsoi Ballet production, “Ballet School”, directed and rehearsed by legendary ballet master, Asaf Meserer. As a teen she danced in the corps for California Ballet with artistic director, Jean Paul Comelin, Fredrick Franklin and dancers from Australian, London Royal and Pennsylvania Ballet. Mrs. Morales studied modern dance with Jean Issacs at U.S.International University, School of Performing Arts.
At The Juilliard School, Mrs. Morales worked with and was featured in choreographies by Anna Sokolow, Hector Zaraspe, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Helen McGehee and Wendy Hilton. She was also a soloist in works by Jose Limon under the direction of Daniel Lewis. Her mentors/teachers also include: Martha Hill, Alfredo Corvino, Michael Maule, Genia Melikova, Janet Soares, Doris Rudko, Ethel Winter and Hanya Holm. Mrs. Morales danced with Ballet Hispanico where she worked with Talley Beatty, and director, Tina Ramirez in NYC and on tours. She also danced as a principal with Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas in Venezuela.
Mrs. Morales’ choreography includes performing “Dos Cantos”, a modern/flamenco fusion with her twin, Sylvia Morales for the 1984 Olympics’ Hispanic Choreographers’ Concert. Both choreographed and were featured flamenco dancers at the Colorado Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow in Kirokasu Kosaka’s “America Maru”. Mrs. Morales choreographed “El Cuento de Panco Diablo” at UCLA’s musical theater department and choreographed and performed with UCLAtino salsa band throughout Southern California and Mexico. In San Diego, she choreographed The Old Globe’s production of “La Pastorela” and SD Repertory Theatre productions of “The Clean House”, “Quinceanera: Sweet 15” and “Water and Power”. Mrs. Morales collaborates with her family in productions internationally and throughout the U.S. southwest featuring original live music, song and dance.
Mrs. Morales’ commercial work includes principal in English and Spanish language commercials and extra in feature movies. She appeared as a principal in the original “I Love New York” commercial with Beverly Sills. Mrs. Morales is a long-standing SAG/AFTRA member and works as a principal model through San Diego Model Management.
Mrs. Morales’ work as a teacher began at age 15 with SDCYB where she later taught over 200 children and adult students in ballet, modern and jazz. In New York City, she taught ballet at Ballet Hispanico, Corvino’s Dance Circle, The Chapin School, and Washington Heights Children’s Arts and Science Intensive. In Los Angeles, Mrs. Morales founded an outreach arts touring company and school – Music, Movement and Media Arts Project, MMMAP. From 1983-85, MMMAP interfaced support from UCLA, Santa Monica Malibu Unified Schools and private business to reach over 250 socio-economically disadvantaged children with an in-school arts program offering ballet, modern, jazz, world dance, music, drama, film animation, fieldtrips, performances and bilingual parent arts education forums. Mrs. Morales administered the dance component of UCLA’s 1st Mexican Arts Symposium where she brought guests to highlight Jose Limon’s and Anna Sokolow’s great contributions to dance. In public schools, she taught multiple subjects and dance in inner-city New York, Los Angeles and San Diego bilingual and Spanish immersion schools. Mrs. Morales developed dance programs for children of migrant farmworker families: UCLA’s Migrants Engaged in New Themes in Education, (MENTE) and Fallbrook’s Migrant Education.
Mrs. Morales taught dance at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts from 1989-2016 where she choreographed ballet, modern, flamenco and theater dance annually for dance concerts, tours to Mexico, Spain, and mainstage productions including: “Annie”, “The Wiz”, “Dreamgirls”, “Sophisticated Ladies”, “Once on this Island”, “42nd Street”, “West Side Story”, “Purlie”, “Zorro” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Mrs. Morales served as dance department chair, senior advisor and directed tours to National High School Dance Festivals in Philadelphia and Miami. She brought guest artists including living legend, Donald McKayle to set classic works over a period of six years. Mrs. Morales received the Prime Teacher Grant to represent San Diego City Schools in Japan where she taught dance and gave lecture demonstrations at public and private schools and universities in Tokyo. In 2015, Mrs. Morales was one of three dance educators to receive the National Arts Teacher Fellowship with work focused on The Power of Creative Collaborations in Dance Theater.
Mrs. Morales is honored to serve as the LACHSA Dance Dept. Chair. She is dedicated to building community and helping young dance artists deepen their understanding of the unique responsibility and power they can attain as artists. Mrs. Morales also advocates for the transformative experience of working with master choreographers to perform classic and new works. She strives to help artists develop inquisitive minds that are socially aware and seek to create innovative, collaborative art that is personal and profound.
BFA – The Juilliard School, Dance MFA – UCLA, Dance Education
CA Teaching Credential K-12 – CSULA