PRINCIPAL FACULTY / DIRECTOR OF MEN'S PROGRAMS
Olivier Muñoz began his studies at the National Conservatory of Dance of Lyon, France, then attended the School of Rosella Hightower in Cannes. A laureate of Prix De Lausanne, Muñoz has performed and taught internationally.
After competing and medaling at Prix De Lausanne, he was offered his first contract with the English National Ballet, where he danced all the leading roles of the classical repertoire. During his performing career, Muñoz had many opportunities to dance as a principal guest artist in ballet companies all over the world. He joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet as a principal dancer in 1986 where he remained until he retired from the stage in 2000.
Since then, Muñoz has taught widely as a principal teacher, guest master teacher, and coach at many schools, workshops, and competitions. He is a certified professor of dance from the French Ministry of Culture as well as an ABT affiliate teacher certified in all levels of the ABT curriculum. He has been a recognized coach for YAGP since 2011, was awarded Best YAGP Teacher several times, and has served on the panel of judges for YAGP and other major competitions for many years.
After teaching at the Maryland Youth Ballet for four years, Muñoz joined the Orlando Ballet School as their principal teacher in 2005 and fulfilled that role for 14 years. In 2018, he returned to the Maryland Youth Ballet, this time in the role of Artistic Director. Muñoz joined the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School in August 2022.