Artist in Residence, Artistic Director of Ballet
Marden Ramos was born in Santiago de Cuba and studied ballet at the Esceuela Profecional de Ballet under the direction of Fernando Alonzo. When he graduated in 1985 he joined the company, Ballet de Camaguey, performing the principal roles of all the classical ballets. In his early 20’s he left the company and moved to Havana where he danced with the National Ballet of Television. He was invited to Mexico where he danced for the National Ballet de Mexico City for 2 years. In 1992, Marden made his way to New York City and starred in the Off Broadway show Nostalgia Tropical. While in NYC, he was a guest artist with many different companies including Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s’ company Complexions. Marden also had the opportunity to work with many other talented dancers and choreographers including Donald Byrd, John Passafiume, Paul Sanasardo and Brett Raphael. He is most recognized for his time spent as the principal dancer of The Elisa Monte Dance Company. During his 10 years with EMDC, Marden expanded his ballet and contemporary training, taught master classes in various techniques, studied pilates under David Brown, and performed in hundreds of theatres and venues around the world. He was invited to dance in Barcelona, Spain and spent 2 years performing and teaching with various companies and schools. In 2008 Marden and his wife joined the Richland Academy team! Over the past 11 years he has enjoyed teaching and pushing the Richland Academy dancers reach their highest potential in class and on the stage and is so proud of what they’ve accomplished. In 2019 Marden was commissioned to choreograph a new work on the Connecticut Ballet Company. The 14 minute piece “In the Shadow of Women” premiered in May in Stamford, CT. Marden has taught master classes at various studios around Ohio and at the All Ohio Dance Festival. He has been a guest teacher at summer dance intensives at George Mason University and the artEmotion intensive in Cleveland and apart of Ballet in the City’s “Guys Dance Too” program. Marden often says “Dance is Possible… but it’s No Easy”.