Cristóbal Márquez is a citizen of Chile and Italy. His dance training began at the Teatro de Municipal de Chile and the University of Chile. He came to the United States at the invitation of Houston Ballet and later had professional dance contracts with Colorado Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, and as soloist with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Mr. Marquez went on to guest for Roswell Ballet Theatre, Queen City Ballet, Ballet Fantastique and Denver Ballet. Representing the Republic of Chile at the Lincoln Center in N.Y.C. In 2005, he danced the pas de deux from La Fille Mal Gardee. He has worked with directors Ivan Nagy (retired from Ballet Santiago), Ben Stevenson (Texas Ballet Theatre), Martin Friedman (Kirov Academy, Washington D.C.), Ricardo Bustamante (San Francisco Ballet). Cristobal has danced under Hector Zaraspe (retired as Director of Juilliard) and choreographers Michael Pink (Milwaukee Ballet), Christopher Wheeldon (New York City Ballet), Peter Anastos (Idaho Ballet) and many others.
Cristóbal still performs as a guest artist and has served as guest faculty for ballet intensives while also privately coaching students for international ballet competitions. His passion for teaching began in Chile while working for Remolino Dance Theatre and the Ministry of Education for the Performing Arts. In this capacity he performed at international festivals throughout South America and had the honor of performing for the President of Chile. In 2009, Marquez was an advisor at the American Ballet Competition. In Salt Lake City, Cristobal began as co-founder of both the Salt Lake Ballet Conservatory and the Salt Lake City Ballet Conservatory in Utah. In April 2007 he opened his own Ballet Conservatory of Salt Lake City bringing a new vivaciousness to the dance community.
In 2014 Marquez was selected to be a part of the Dance South Africa Project, which is part of the LEAP program at Saint Mary’s College of California. While Marquez was in South Africa, his talent as a dance teacher and choreographer was feathered in two newspaper,”The Cape Argus” and “The Vukani.” It was there that Cristobal was connected with the Boston Arts Academy, where he began teaching in September 2015.