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Judge Patricia Aulestia

Judge Patricia Aulestia

A Mexican citizen today born in Quito, Ecuador, Ms. Aulestia started her professional studies as a dancer in Chile, Argentina and the United States. In New York she obtained a scholarship to study in the Martha Graham School of  Contemporary Dance and at the School of American Ballet. She also studied with the Ballet Russe of  Monte Carlo and at the American Ballet Center. Patricia Aulestia has been principal dancer in the National Ballet of Chile, in the Modern Art Ballet of Santiago de Chile (today’s Ballet de Santiago) as well as at ballet Clásico 70 of  Mexico. Ms. Aulestia as is also the founder and director of the National Ballet of Ecuador (Ballet Nacional Ecuatoriano). She has worked as dance teacher, researcher and choreographer, creating “Daquilema”, “Niño Agua” and the “Chola María” among other choreographic works.

She was founder-director of the National Dance Research, Documentation and Information Center “José Limón”, Director of the National Dance Company and National Coordinator of Dance for the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. Ms. Aulestia has been honored recipiente of many prestigious awards, among them: the “Laurel de Oro”, a prize given by the ‘specialist journalist’ in Chile in 1961. In 1966 and again in 1998 she was the recipiente of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ministry of Education of Ecuador. In 1990 she was awarded the Diploma and Medal for Artistic Merit in Dance by the Brazilian Council of Dance for services to dance throughout her life. A similar award was given in Tampico in 2004. In both 1998 and 2002 she was honored with A Life in Theatre Award from the Mexican Center of the ITI/UNESCO. In 2009 she was honored with the “Xochipilli” Prize, from the New Dance Festival. In 2010 the INBA gave her A Life in Dance honor, and in Mérida, Yucatán, the Maya Prize Ahua 13 was granted to her.. In 2011 Ecuador-USA gave her an Award for Artistic Excellence in New York and in 2012 she recieved an award for the Best CIAD Distinctness, in Buenos Aires.

She has been included in a panel of international judges in festivals and competitions in Varna, Helsinki, Paris, Jackson, Seoul and in Mexico. Since 1991 she became the Honorary President of the International Dance Committee (ITI/UNESCO), and in 2004 was the Honorary President of the Mexican Society of Choreographers (SOMEC), President of the Mexican Federation of Dance Professionals and Vice President in Mexico if the Inter-American and World Confederation of Dance Professionals (CIAD).  

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