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Ricardo Moyano, originally from Argentina, has studied dance with Carol Walker, Richard Arve, Larry Long, and Lou Conte. He began his professional career with Richard Arve Modern Dance Company and later danced principal and soloist roles with the Chicago Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Company. Ricardo was awarded an Illinois Arts Counsel Fellowship Grant for choreography that resulted in five original works that were created for Chicago dance companies. He choreographed and performed his critically acclaimed Getting Out in the United States and Europe. Ricardo's teaching experience includes Ruth Page Foundation, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Gus Giordano Dance Center and other studios across the United States. Ricardo and his wife, Regina, are the co-directors of Dance West Ballet Company and The School of Dance West Ballet.

 Regina Helmer Moyano received her early dance training at the School of San Diego Ballet and the Norfolk Civic Ballet. At 16, she was awarded a scholarship to the Professional Programme of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She performed as an apprentice with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for three years and went on to join the San Diego Ballet. There she danced with such luminaries as Alicia Alonso and John Butler. As a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for five seasons, she toured the eastern half of the United States. She was noted for vivacious performing style and strong technique in such roles as the cat in Aurora's Wedding, the turning variation in Pas de Dix and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle.

Dance West Ballet Company was founded in 1990 by professional dancers Ricardo Moyano, and Regina Helmer Moyano. Included in its repertoire are a wide variety of classical ballet, jazz, modem and contemporary works. The eclectic repertoire affords the Company members an opportunity to become proficient in more than one dance style.

Annually, Dance West Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker at Pfeiffer Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. These performances include Dance West Ballet Company members, guest artists and over 100 young dance students from throughout the Chicago western suburbs. In 2003, Dance West Ballet performances of The Nutcracker included guest artists Catalina Garza and Ernesto Quenedit, former principal dancers with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and former Ballet West principal dancer Raymond Van Mason. Reviews of Dance West Ballet's production of The Nutcracker read: "...DanceWest Ballet gives major-league performance", Tim West, Chief Editor, The Naperville Sun. Also, "Dance West Ballet sparkles with Nutcracker rendition", Lois Michel, Staff Writer, The Naperville Sun.

Each spring, the company performs several pieces from its extensive repertoire, showcasing original choreography and re-staging of the classics. The Naperville Sun acclaims "...exhibiting clean line and technique", and "Dramatic and sophisticated from the start, Moyano's dramatic roots are apparent... "

In 2003, Dance West Ballet received Honor Company status in the Regional Dance America association. Members of Dance West Ballet have been the recipients of full scholarships to professional companies including: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Eglevsky Ballet, Arizona Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Graduates of the company have joined professional companies including Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ruth Page's production of The Nutcracker, River North Dance Company and Melissa Thodos Dance Company.

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