Luciana Rezende - Urbana Fine Arts Center
A former professional ballet dancer, Luciana Rezende studied under the tutelage of internationally respected teachers, as Sulamith Messerer, Elena Kunikova, Martin Putke, Giselle Santoro and Eugenia Feudorova. After finishing her degree at the University of Brasilia (Brazil), Ms. Rezende came to the US on a full scholarship granted by the Joffrey Ballet School (NY).As a dancer, she has performed principal roles for several ballet companies in Brazil and in the US.Ms. Rezende has been teaching classical ballet for over twenty years in the Champaign-Urbana area, and guesting with dance schools in the Midwest. As a ballet director, she has staged full-length ballets and conducted ballet classes for students age 2 to adult, levels beginner to professional.Ms. Rezende has privately coached students to successfully medal at international ballet competitions.Luciana Rezende also directs the ballet program for the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana.