Carolina Wood Castellanos began her ballet training at the age of seven with The Classical Ballet School of Miami. At the age of 12 she joined The South Miami Magnet Program for Dance as well as The Miami Dance Theater under the direction of Judith Newman and Marianna Alvarez. She attended numerous Summer Dance programs through-out the country including The Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. In her years as a dancer, Carolina performed leading roles such as Odette in Swan Lake, The Sugarplum Fairy inThe Nutcracker, Giselle in Giselle and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. Carolina attended New World School of the Arts for College. She joined Maria Verdeja School of the Arts in 1990 as a dancer in the company and teacher. Carolina has been asked to guest teach and choreograph through-out South Florida. She has also trained dancers for competitions and summer dance programs. She currently directs our Pinecrest Studio as well as all of our Teams and Performance Groups.