|Carnaval San Francisco 2002
KING NORBERTO MARTINEZ
|"Beautiful, we are
so proud." said Amanda Almonte after Norberto's performance.
The director of Ensambles where Norberto works as a dance instructor also
added "We knew he was going to win."
He is an enthusiastic, high energy dance professional trained in modern dance, classical ballet as well as Mexican folk dance. His interest is in learning and performing all typos of dance. He is actively involved in the program Young Audiences of the Bay Area where he spreads his love of dance to local school children.
|Norberto's talents are many. Besides
being a refined, graceful dancer capable of quickly
captivating an audience he is also dance instructor and choreographer for Ensambles
Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco. He recently choreographed
and directed the spectacular production of Un Mundo Maya y Su Majestad El
Danzon with Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco. (
ensambles.com ) The acclaimed dance company is best known for its many
accomplished teachers who seek to enhance the traditional elements
of the dance form without sacrificing the folkloric value. They will
be participating in their first Carnaval San Francisco in 2002 through the
efforts of Carnaval Queen 2001 and Carnaval Artistic Liaison Elizabeth
Norberto Martinez also made his own costume as part of the preparation to make sure no one else but he could be called San Francisco Carnaval King 2002
a clip (MPEG 900K) from the
Martinez was born in the Yucatan's great colonial City of Merida
where he graduated from the Instituto Mexicano de Artes and Instituto de
las Bellas Artes of Merida.
Merida has one of Mexicos best Carnavals which star their Queen(s) giving the King a minor role to
photo by Doug Barkey
Norberto has performed
professionally in Europe, South America, Mexico and the U.S.A. as a
principal dancer of Jorge Faz Dance Company and Ballet Folkloric Group of
University of Yucatan.
Since arriving to the Bay Area, he has established his local dance career performing in a number of high quality, diverse productions including the chamber opera Queer, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the Opera Carmen, People Like Me and many other productions. He is currently performing flamenco dance with the company Grupo Andanza.
In his extra time, Norberto enjoys modeling and has worked with many respected local photographers. He can be reached at [email protected]
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