Faculty Jeffrey Hughes

Jeffrey Hughes

A wealth of experience and knowledge, he is the Artistic Director Emeritus of Ohio Ballet. He has served as the Interim Director for the Hong Kong Ballet. Ballet Master at Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, Artistic Director, Tucson Regional Ballet, and the Executive Director of Ballet Tucson. In the early phases of his career, he received a Ford Foundation Scholarship and trained at the School of American Ballet/New York City Ballet. At 17, Robert Joffrey gave him a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Spanning twenty-two years, during his professional career, Jeffrey performed principal and soloist roles with Joffrey II Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballets, Cleveland / San Jose Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, as well as numerous guest appearances with small companies in the US and England. Some of his favorite roles include The Moor in Jose Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, Franz in Coppelia, Balanchine’s Tarantella, Le Corsaire pas de deux, Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake, Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose, Prince Igor, Les Sylphide and The Old Soldier in Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table. Jeffrey was privileged to be in Robert Joffrey’s Remembrances and enjoyed dancing in many of Gerald Arpino’s ballets with the Joffrey and, in many ballets created by Dennis Nahat while with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet. Jeffrey had the good fortune to be a choreographic stand in for Baryshnikov when Jerome Robbins was choreographing Other Dances for Baryshnikov and Makarova at American Ballet Theatre in 1976. Jeffrey started teaching at 17.

He has been on the faculty of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, San Francisco Dance Institute, New York Academy of Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and the University of Akron. He has been on the faculty and choregraphed for Ballet Tucson, Tucson Regional Ballet and Tucson Dance Academy. He has guest taught throughout America, Mexico, Hong Kong and for several companies; National Ballet of China, Hubbard Street Dance, Dayton Ballet and Chautauqua Ballet to name a few. He has taught at The Joffrey Workshop Texas, Kaatsbaan in New York and Orlando Ballet School for summer intensives. He has previously worked with several Ballet Rincon students, and is happy to join the Ballet Rincon faculty.

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