Mrs. Julia Carpena Mannucci JCS Ballet Academy

Our Intructors

Mrs. Julia Carpena Mannucci JCS BALLET ACADEMY

Lydia Curbelo Lopez 

Character Dance Teacher & Ballet Teacher

Ms. Lydia Curbelo was born in Cinfuegos, Cuba. She graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte - Escuela Nacional de Ballet in La Habana Cuba with a degree in Classical Ballet Teacher, also with studies in International Folklore - Character Dance. Ms. Lydia has over 30 years experience in Classical Ballet Training. She started her work experience at the Cuban National School of Gymnastics where she obtained numerous awards in National competitions. She also participated in multiple International Ballet events and competitions.  She opened and directed her own Ballet Academy in Cuba and for the next 10 years she specialized in teaching classical ballet to young children.  Later on, Ms. Lydia worked at Escuela Nacional de Arte - Escuela de Espectaculos (School of Performing), where she taught classical ballet to students 14 to 18 years old in intermediate and advanced levels for the next 8 years. Ms. Lydia also has a Masters degree in Kinesiology. 

We are grateful to have Ms. Lydia as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.


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​​Our Foundation, our Mission/Vision
JCS Ballet Academy’s mission is to use our God given gifts and talents to serve others in order to fulfill God’s Vision and to faithfully benefit and impact individuals, children, families and the community. We are committed to provide a sound and solid dance formation to those who are seeking to properly learn to dance ballet. At JCS Ballet Academy we offer dance instruction and training for Children 3 to Adults in an encouraging, loving, and family oriented environment as we follow our principles and values based on the word of God.  

Why are we set apart from other dance studios?

Where there is light, there can’t be darkness. What differentiates JCS Ballet Academy from other dance studios is our focus to please God and not the world. We strive to influence every child, person, and family by offering a strong and solid teaching of classical ballet technique to the best of our ability in a loving and family oriented environment. We also offer contemporary classes, character classes, stretch & technique, adult ballet all levels including pointe for adults. With love, care, and discipline we instill consciousness and awareness of how to properly learn and take care of our bodies, to love and respect one another, to share and to learn about the righteousness and greatness of our Lord and the real purpose of dancing, to praise His name and give Him all the glory.  

At JCS Ballet Academy we value Discipline, Commitment, Perseverance, Integrity, Fellowship, Family, Community and we are committed to serve and to teach by example to the best of our ability.

What we specialize on
JCS Ballet Academy offers Classical Ballet Training for Children 3+, levels from beginner to advanced and pre-professional, and professional, POINTE, and ADULT ballet classes for beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional levels, there is no age limit to learn. In addition, we offer Contemporary and Character classes.

What we want our community to know
We want to invite the community to our OPEN HOUSE Saturday, August 25th, 2018 9am-3pm. Special discounts, promos, free gifts and free classes are offered to those who register. We want to let the community know where we are located, and to let them know that we offer a choice to those moms and families with children and teens who want to learn how to dance ballet in a loving and family oriented environment. You can always visit our website for complete information of our classes and schedule or by calling us 305-677-2909.
We currently work closely with missions in different parts of the world and we are committed to bring awareness of these needs to the community; the importance of being grateful for all the blessings God has given us, and the importance of giving back to those in need.
We currently offer full and  partial scholarship programs in order to help low income families to provide a solid dance education to the children in our community.

Mrs. Julia is also founder of Ballet Essentials, LLC. creators of the original BalletBun® kit, featured in Dance Magazine's May and June 2016 issues.  Ms. Julia has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and has worked in a variety of fields such as the equine veterinarian alternative medicine industry, consumer electronics industry, cargo & freight, and fashion industries in the past, but ultimately she went back to follow her "Call". 

Mrs. Julia joined the prestigious Miami Royal Ballet Academy where she was a soloist performer and a Ballet teacher for all dance levels from beginner to advanced, pointe, and adult ballet. Now residing in beautiful Miami, Florida, as a dancer, performer, ballet teacher, dance mom, and wife, she feels there is still so much to be done in her journey, and knows everything is made possible when we let our Father take the lead. 

"Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow."  

Psalm 25:4

"Miami's Best Rated Ballet School"

​​​Classical Ballet Training​ -Dancing Since 1982- (305) 677-2909

​ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -John 3:16

​​Mrs. Julia feels that life is rewarding when you do what you are passionate about, but most importantly, give glory to God in everything that you do and follow God's call in your life. He has a perfect plan for us, according to His will and purpose. In this principle, she founded JCS Ballet Academy.  ​

The Carpena Mannucci family 2016

About our Director


Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena-Mannucci started her classical ballet training in Lima, Peru in 1982.  By the time she was 11 she started intensive training under the direction of Marcela Pardon from Escuela Nacional de Ballet del Peru and DanzArt School of Ballet (Vaganova / French Ballet Technique). Her passion for classical ballet was a life motivation since her early childhood years, and as for all those who posses that commitment, she would rather spend her days at practice than at any other activity. In 1986 she was invited to participate in Escuela Nacional de Ballet performances as a guest dancer. She danced alongside Peruvian first principal ballet dancer, Jorge Rodriguez as his partner in several performances. She participated in international classical ballet competitions, Certamen Latinoamericano de Ballet Infantil, winning top awards and a scholarship to continue her dance training and education (winners also included other renowned ballet dancers today such as, Giselle Menacho -Peru and Paloma Herrera - Argentina).



 Julia Carpena Mannucci 

Director at JCS Ballet Academy & Ballet Master

Francesca, Sebastian, Juan Carlos & Julia, GianMarco, Valentina

Cielomar Puccio

Contemporary Dance  & Ballet Teacher

Mrs. Cielomar Puccio was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.  She started her training in Classical Ballet at Escuela de Ballets de San Juan.  Later on she studied Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance at Andanza.  Andanza specializes in Contemporary Dance and there she had the opportunity to train with a well-known Puerto Rican contemporary teacher and choreographer, Jesus Miranda.  She also trained with Alvin Rangel and Norberto Collazo.  In 2000 she participated in the Summer Intensive Program of Andanza School where she performed the classical variation of Blue Bird and a contemporary piece called Fuimonos, that was part of the company’s repertoire under the direction of its Artistic Director Lolita Villanúa. In 2011 she began training in Arthur Murray Dance School, ballroom dance disciplines such as, tango, cha-cha, salsa, rumba, mambo, and others. In that same year she received recognition for her performance in the Argentinean Tango. As a teacher Mrs. Puccio began teaching at an early age in various academies and schools in Puerto Rico such as School for the Performing Arts, Andanza, and Deborah Carthy Deu Estudio y Agencia de Modelos.  The latter belongs to 1985 Miss Universe Deborah Carthy-Deu.  In Florida she worked as a dance teacher in Homestead City Ballet. As a teacher she taught Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance to various levels, starting in baby ballet and later on classes in junior ballet and intermediate and advanced levels.  She has also taught Jazz and Lyrical.  She has more than 15 years of experience as a teacher and a dancer.  Mrs. Puccio also is a floral designer for special events and has a law degree from the Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.  She holds the Puerto Rican license and practices Immigration Law.

We are grateful to have Mrs. Cielomar as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.


About Us

At JCS Ballet Academy we believe that learning and experiencing the benefits of Ballet should be available to ALL who are willing to learn and wish to enjoy these benefits.  Our mission is to instill the art of Ballet and Dance in children, teens, and adults. We are committed to provide you with only the best dance instruction in an encouraging, loving, and family oriented environment, as we follow our family principles and values.  

At JCS Ballet Academy, we value:

  • Discipline
  • Commitment
  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Fellowship
  • Family
  • Community

We are delighted to be able to serve you as your Dance instruction choice.  Welcome to theJCS Ballet Academy family!