New West Ballet School

Faculty

Directors

Coral Bruni began her ballet training with New West Ballet in 1987. Her dancing repertoire consists of many lead roles, with favorites including: “Aurora” in Sleeping Beauty, the leading role in Raymonda, and “Snow Queen” in the Nutcracker. She has performed as a guest artist for San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy, Palomar College, and Mira Costa College. As a ballet instructor, Coral has taught in North County since 1995. Her teaching experience includes positions with New West Ballet, Oceanside Dance Academy, Georgias School of Dance, Ramona-Julian Academy of Dance, and Palomar College. Recently Coral has staged ballets Paquita, La Bayadere, Coppélia and Les Sylphides. In her spare time, Coral is a mother of three and working on her Ph.D. in applied social psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
Christina Wurz is from New York City and classically trained in ballet and modern. She still performs with NWB and other local dance companies. Past roles with New West Ballet include Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Arabian Princess, French Marzipan, Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Miss Christina is originally from the Bronx, NY and started her training at the Bronx Dance Theater. From there she attended the famous New York City High school of Performing Arts and graduated with a Regents diploma. She was a student of John Magnus, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Dorothy Lister, among others, during years of intensive study at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. Furthermore, she completed her formal dance education with a B.F.A. in dance at the University of Hartford, Hartt School in Connecticut. There she was trained by the world famous ballerina Alla Osipenko and Martha Graham protégé Peggy Lyman. Some of her other accomplishments include Mojalet Core Group, Full Force Dance Theater, BalletNeo, San Diego Dance Theater, Terry Wilson and Dancers, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Dance Connecticut’s Touring Ensemble and West Coast Ballet Theater. Miss Christina is happy to be a part of this wonderful company and is excited to continue to grow with this studio and with you! Her goal is to impart great technique, passion and joy of the art form to all who walk through our doors. Miss Christina is tough but fair and absolutely loves teaching dance.

Faculty

Ludmil Boubbov has 40 years of Professional dancing experience and over 30 years of teaching experience in Europe. He is a USA Certified Classical Ballet Teacher and a former Principal dancer. Born in Sofia- Bulgaria, he earned his teaching certificate from the Vaganova Academic Choreographic School (LAHU) in St Petersburg( Leningrad) Russia, where he studied under Valentina Vasilievna Rumianceva, student of the famous A.J Vaganova. As a Ballet dancer, Ludmil graduated from the National Choreographic School in Sofia, and perfected his technique at the Kirov Ballet under the famous Ballet teacher, Mr. A.I Pushkin. He was a participant in the first Moscow International Ballet competition, along with M. Baryshnikov. Mr Ludmil Boubbov won a Bronze medal at the world renowned International Ballet competition in Varna. He was a soloist with the Deutsche Oper, West Berlin , as well as Rehearsal Director with Theater Des Westens , where he also danced in Musicals. (West Side Story, Oklahoma, Show Boat and more.) 12 years as Principal Dancer with the National Opera and Ballet House in Varna. 10 Years as a soloist with the National Opera House in Sofia. Ludmil Boubbov worked under such greats as George Balanchine, J Grigorovich, Oleg Vinogradov, Alicia Alonso, Leonard Bernstein, Oscar Hammerstein, Maia Pliseckaja, Natalia Makarova, to name a few. Some of his students became internationally known professional dancers.
Candace Carbajal is a seasoned dance instructor and performer, who was recently seen as Anita in "West Side Story" (ITL Award Nominee). She is also an accomplished choreographer whose work has been performed by theater companies throughout Southern California and Arizona. Some of her credits include: "Little Mermaid Jr." (Patio Playhouse), "Sheila" (Grand Facade Theatre Prod.), "Willy Wonka" (Pickwick Players), and "The Secret Garden" (PaccoArts). She will next be seen performing with Emenay Productions in an original immersive theater dance project for the San Diego Fringe Festival.
Brook Gunn has been teaching at New West Ballet for more than 8 years. She loves being able to inspire and instill the love of dance that was instilled in her at a very young age. She began dancing at 2 years old and ballet soon became a passion for her. When she was 17 she attended the pre-professional summer program at Joffrey Ballet in New York City and was accepted to Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program. Ms. Brook continues to teach at New West and hopes to be able to continue for many years to come. Ms. Brook takes pride in seeing her students improve and succeed and loves watching them perform on stage.
Robin Satori has been teaching very young children for more than 20 years. Her own Ballet training began when her young daughter was first taking dance lessons. Robin created the "Me & Mommy Movement & Music " program in response to the wishes & aptitudes of so many little one that she observed. "it is such a pleasure to see how quickly & joyfully even the youngest dancers can learn new skills & socialization through directed play." 

Guest Faculty

Molly Faulkner, Ph.D. is a Professor of Dance at Palomar College. She has her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and her B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Highlights of her very diverse performance career include Ballet Arizona, Arizona Dance Theatre, Ballet Arts (Tucson, AZ), Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Empire State Ballet, various European Industrials, Tokyo Disneyland, and the Muppet Grover on Sesame St. Live (Let’s Play School). She has taught and choreographed at the University of Northern Colorado, Yaro Dance Theatre. Julian Dance Academy, Colorado Dance Theatre, Cecchetti Council Southwest Conference, Greeley Conservatory of Dance, Ballet Arizona, and is a master teacher and choreographer for Burklyn Ballet Theatre.
Eugenia Keefer took her first ballet lessons with Michael Davis and Tricia Kay in the San Francisco Bay area. Upon moving to Southern California, she studied with Dorothie Bleth in San Marcos and Madame Kaliskis in San Diego. When California Ballet School was formed, Eugenia received a scholarship and for six years commuted from Carlsbad to San Diego for lessons and performances with the Company. She performed solo roles in Coppélia, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quarter, Raymonda and The Nutcracker. In 1977 she was voted Soloist of the Year and in the same year received rave reviews from audiences and area dance critics for her portrayal of “Puck” in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and “Dewdrop” in The Nutcracker. In 1979, Ms. Keefer and her partner Robert Mahon established New West Ballet School, and in 1980, with partnership with Palomar Community College, produced the first full-length versions of The Nutcracker in North County. Ms. Keefer has presented hundreds of Lecture/Performances to local public and private schools, and served on the Arts Advisory Committee in Poway. 
Erin Rhoden has been dancing since she was four years old and came to New West Ballet School in 1999. Erin has performed several lead roles over the years, including Odette in Swan Lake as well as the Arabian Princess and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker. Erin enjoys teaching ballet and has been choreographing pieces for New West Ballet productions for several years. In addition to teaching ballet, she is also a first grade teacher at the Coastal Academy.