Edward Franklin, more simply known as "E," took his first dance class in high school as a means to avoid PE. Under the watchful eye of dedicated teacher Cindy Herman, the dance studio became his second home and his talents blossomed. Upon graduation he traveled to Spain as a performer in the Barcelona Olympics' Opening Ceremonies. Moving to New York City, he received full tuition and board scholarships to the Ailey School and the Joffrey Ballet, and was also the recipient of the Donna Woods Award. "E" has danced professionally on almost every major stage in the world, memorably including the final performance of the "old" Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. He is grateful to have danced with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, PhilaDanco, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, the Oakland Ballet and many other notable companies.
As an instructor, national and international master class teacher, visiting artist, and guest choreographer, "E" is proud of his multi-faceted approach for pushing students to the highest level of artistry and technique, ensuring their connection with the rhythms and phrasing of the music, enhancing their knowledge of theater dynamics, and helping them impact an audience on a deeper level. Edward draws from over 20 years of top level training and performance experience, and is grateful to have been guided by many of the today's finest choreographers and dance instructors. He heavily combines this immense experience with his deep love of movement to give all dancers, whether professional, aspiring or passionate hobbyists, a rich growth experience.
Aaron Jackson received his formal training in New York City at the School of American Ballet. He attended a number of summer intensives on full scholarship including Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Pennsylvania Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and The School of American Ballet where he trained year round. He joined The Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 where his repertory included performances in China at the Shanghai Dance Festival. In 2001 Jackson joined The Washington Ballet where he danced for eight seasons. While a full time Company member, he began his teaching career at The Washington School of Ballet Summer Intensive and the Jones/Haywood School of Dance. In 2006 he joined the summer faculty of The Berrend Dance Centre/Olney Ballet Theatre where he is currently a teacher, choreographer in residence, and rehearsal assistant. His career also includes choreographic projects with The Washington Ballet Studio Company and The Washington Ballet Trainees. He has taught master classes at the Musical Theater Center in Rockville, Maryland and participated in a choreographic project with the Phillips Collection. Jackson has also established himself as a guest teacher in the U.S. and internationally. Recently he served as guest teacher and choreographer at City Youth Ballet in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has served as a guest instructor at Tanz Akademie and Tanzwerk 101 in Zurich Switzerland.
Alvaro Palau is from Cali, Colombia and received his training at the Colombian Ballet Institute as well as workshops in Cuba, in New York with David Howard, and at the Houston School of Ballet. Mr. Palau danced with The Washington Ballet for 10 years, National Ballet of Venezuela for two years and the Cali Ballet in his native Colombia for two years. Mr. Palau toured internationally with all three companies in addition to dancing in festivals such as the Havana Festival in Cuba; Festivals in Rome and Florence in Italy; the Umbrella Festival in South Africa; the International Festival in Miami, Florida; the AIDS Foundation in Austin, Texas; and performances at the White House and in the Memorial Day show in Washington, D.C. Awards include 1st prize Arts Competition in Colombia and BestClassical Dancer at Casa del Artista in Venezuela. His repertoire includes classical and contemporary ballets choreographed by numerous artistsincluding Balanchine,Forsythe, Duato, Tudor, Mark Morris and Tharp. More recently he has been featured in productions of the Washington National Opera, Colorado Opera, two short films by Jennifer Schwed, Carmen Tango with the Pan AmericanSymphony Orchestra, and Bowen McCauley Dance Company. He has performed and choreographed works for Gala Hispanic Theatre, Source Theater Idomeneo, and DanceLoft on 14th. Mr. Palau has taught numerous ballet outreach programs and summer workshops throughout the metropolitan area. He is currently dancing with Dana Tai Soon Burgess and teaching at Séber Method Academy as well as Catholic University of America. He is the founder and director of Washington Dance DC.
Luis Torres is currently the STUDIO COMPANY AND TRAINEE BALLET MASTER of the Washington Ballet.
LUIS R. TORRES (Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in his 14th season with The Washington Ballet and joined The Washington Ballet’s artistic team as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master. Prior to joining TWB, Torres was a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland (1995-1997) in Annapolis, Maryland, and performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Arizona from 1997-2003. Many dancing roles have been created for him by a number of world renowned choreographers such as Moses Pendleton, Ib Anderson, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the direction of Elizabeth Calero before accepting a Roberto Clemente scholarship transfer to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of Roberto Munoz. During his time at Point Park University, he received the outstanding sophomore of the year award adding to his scholarship aid. A few of his featured roles during his tenure at TWB include Snow King, Drosselmeyer and Anacostian Man (Arabian) in The Nutcracker, Tom Buchanan in the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the King of Hearts and Cheshire Cat in the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). Torres received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentration in dance and psychology from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2003 and completed his Master in Fine Arts from George Mason University (GMU) June 2014. Currently, Torres is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a guest teacher and choreographer in many locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.