Flavio Salazar is a native of Colombia, where he began his dance studies at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet). He joined Ballet de Cali in 1985 and joined the faculty of Incolballet, having been certified by the National Ballet of Cuba to teach its methodology and pedagogy in ballet technique. In 1990 he studied at the Houston Ballet Academy on scholarship and joined Ballet Arizona in 1992. In 1993 Mr. Salazar joined the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). During his thirteen years with ABT, Mr. Salazar danced nearly every ballet in ABT's repertoire before retiring from the company in July of 2006. Mr. Salazar's is an ABT Certified Teacher and completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National training Curriculum, and is certified in Methodology and Pedagogy in Ballet advised by the National Ballet of Cuba. He has taught company class for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, ABT II, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Tech, and Ballet Hispanico. He has taught at ABT’s Summer Intensive, The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, and Adelphi University among others.