Luis Napoles is a guest choreographer for the Napa Regional Dance Company's appearance at Festival Napa Valley. He graduated from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba in 1983 with a Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance and Afro-Cuban Folklore. He is the artistic Director of the Napoles Ballet, which he founded in 2007. He was a principal dancer with Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Havana, and Contemporary Dance of Cuba.
In the classic repertory, Napoles has performed the roles of Spade in Don Quixote, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Thesious in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has danced principal roles in David Parson’s The Envelop and Instinct, Septime Weber’s Fluctuating Hemlines, Van Cannaparoli’s Devil Sonata, Dwight Rhoden’s Hellasweetplumrhapsody, Ron Cunigham’s Bolero, Carmina Burana, Rite of Spring, Firebird, Incident at Blackbrier, Etosha, Street Car Named Desire, The Tempest, and Hamlet, among others.
In his choreography, Napoles uses dance movements based on classical ballet techniques, accentuated by both Latin and Cuban cultural dances, with abstract modern dance styles. Throughout, he desires to represent the nuances of culture and to tell stories that emphasize human drama, evoking and exciting audiences.