Marieli Guardiola Pope – Artistic Director


Marieli Guardiola Pope is our Artistic Director, now in her third season at Ballet Conservaotry of South Texas. Born in Puerto Rico, Mrs. Guardiola Pope began her ballet training at the age of 8 with the Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and at a young age received intense summer training at Ballet National de Cuba. Later, she became a member of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and achieved a Principal Soloist position. She has performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppeliato to name a few.  Mrs. Guardiola Pope has performed in St. Thomas, Aruba, Egypt, Taiwan and throughout the United States. She has been a guest artist with Berks Ballet Theatre in Pennsylvania, and danced seven seasons with Ballet San Antonio.

Mrs. Guardiola Pope has also taught in numerous ballet schools throughout Puerto Rico and Texas and was the Rehearsal Assistant for Ballet San Antonio during her stint with the company. Mrs. Guardiola Pope attends Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for her continuing teacher education.

Most recently, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. This is Mrs. Guardiola Pope’s third season with the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.
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Marieli Guardiola Pope,
Artistic Director