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Kinesiology / Health / Dance

Adjunct Faculty

Mario Nugara

Mario Nugara

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dance, Ballet

Contact Info

Office: KINN

Courses Taught:

Ballet I

Biographical Statement:

Los Angeles City College instructor, Mario Nugara teaches Dance. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the City of Angels Ballet. Mario is regarded as a teacher of unparalleled talent in the Los Angeles area. He received his training at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and danced with some of the most prestigious companies including the New York City Ballet as a student, Boston Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet and appeared on Broadway with Rudolph Nureyev. Selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 1991, Nugara studied in Copenhagen, Denmark in conjunction with the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Danish Ballet. During that time he taught at the Royal Danish Ballet, Culberg Ballet, Ballet Academy of Stockholm, the New Danish Dance Theatre and Dansens Hus. His classes stress injury prevention. He was the Artistic Director of the California Riverside Ballet from 2010 to 2015.  He is also in faculty at the Westside Ballet Academy. He is featured in the book, “Unselfish, Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Selfie” and subject of the Documentary “Turning Point”, City of Angels Ballet, also on CBS Sunday Morning and numerous television news programs.

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