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Flavio Salazar is a native of Colombia, where he began his dance studies at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet).
He joined Ballet de Cali, and also joined the faculty of Incolballet, having been certified by the National Ballet of Cuba to teach its methodology and pedagogy in ballet technique.
He studied at the Houston Ballet Academy as a full scholarship student and later joined Ballet Arizona.
Mr. Salazar was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre. During his thirteen years career with ABT, Mr. Salazar dance nearly every ballet in ABT's repertoire before retiring from the company in July of 2006.
Mr. Salazar's teaching experience extends from his early professional dancing years in Colombia, through his time at ABT. Presently, Mr. Salazar is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National training Curriculum, and a Certified Teacher in Methodology and Pedagogy in Ballet advised by the National Ballet of Cuba. He has taught classes at ABT II, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, the ABT Summer Intensive, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Ailey School, Adelphi University, Marymount Collages, and The School at Steps.