OXBRIDGE ACADEMY expands Arts Program with addition of new Dance Instructor CARLOS DE BARROS
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Taking the next “leap” in his career, Carlos de Barros has joined Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches as the full-time dance teacher. Prior to joining the troupe at the new, independent high school on Military Trail in West Palm Beach, the Jupiter resident spent the past 15 years at Bak Middle School of the Arts teaching dance and choreography classes. While at the celebrated middle school, he founded and served as artistic director of its award-winning dance company and was nominated by the faculty in 2004 as “Hispanic Teacher of the Year.” In 2011, he was named Dance Magazine of Florida’s “Teacher in the Spotlight.”
“Carlos de Barros has been a mainstay in the dance department at Bak Middle School of the Arts since the school’s inception, and is renowned for entertaining audiences with his creative and masterful routines and providing an unparalleled experience for his dancers,” said Sally Rozanski, principal of Bak Middle School of the Arts. “His departure is definitely bittersweet, but we wholeheartedly support him as he starts this new and exciting chapter in his life. He knows how to grow a dance program from the ground up, and Oxbridge Academy’s dancers are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from such a talented and caring professional.”
A highly experienced teacher at the beginner, intermediate and professional levels, Mr. de Barros has been a member of the dance faculties at The Palm Beach Ballet Center, Ballet Florida and Susan Lyle’s Studios. He has also taught intensive summer classes at the Grier School, Alabama Governor’s School for Arts and Technology, Harid Conservatory, and numerous other secondary schools and private dance studios around South Florida.
Mr. de Barros holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he performed in works by noted choreographers and dance legends like Jose Limon, Martha Graham and Gerri Houlihan. Prior to becoming a teacher, he danced professionally with the American Dance Theatre, Freddick Bratcher and Company and Demetrius Klein Dance Company.
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