mr. gregory aaron
Gregory Aaron is Artistic Director of Atlanta Festival Ballet Company and Atlanta Festival Ballet School. Since 1990, Mr. Aaron has guided the nonprofit company to its present status, budgeting for two major productions a year. His primary focus is choreography and artistic involvement. The company is made up of professional dancers, complemented by serious student apprentices, who gain valuable experience and superior training in this endeavor. Many of Mr Aaron's students have been accepted to or received scholarships from major ballet programs and schools across the country.
Mr. Aaron began his training under one of the Southwest's leading choreographers Susan Francis. He then went on to study under the founding director of Ballet El Paso at The University of Texas at El Paso, Ingeborg Heuser. Both teachers had immense influence on his early training and inspired him to excel in the study of ballet and to become a professional dancer. He was awarded a stipend scholarship to study at the Houston Ballet Academy, where he studied under Ben Stevenson, Clara Cravey, Eve Pettinger and Frederick Stroebel. In 1979, Mr. Aaron joined The Hartford Ballet as an apprentice and soon became a company member. In 1982, E. Virginia Williams invited him to join The Boston Ballet. Mr. Aaron began guest dancing and teaching in 1984. As a principal with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company, he performed Sal Aiela's Nocturno at the Riverside Church Theatre. In 1986 he was asked to become a member of the Pacific Ballet Theatre (now known as Oregon Ballet Theatre) and was featured as the Nutcracker Prince in James Canfield's production of The Nutcracker. While there he also danced in Just For Fun, Peasant Pas de Deux, Cabacon and world premiere of Mr. Canfield's The Third Stage.
Highlights of Mr. Aaron career include: Romeo and Juliet with The Hartford Ballet, Nutcracker Prince and Chinese in The Nutcracker, man at the table in the world famous ballet The Green Table, touring France, Milan, Rome, Venice, Naples and Reggio Calabria, Italy, Taormina and Palermo, Sicily, and Broadway's Uris Theatre, dancing with Rudolph Nureyev and The Boston Ballet in Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Giselle.
In 2001, Mr. Aaron was invited to dance, teach, and choreograph for Ballet Center of Cebu Philippines under the director of Madame Fe Sala Villarica. Subsequently he choreographed the children’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid which toured to Dumaguete and performed at the prestigious Silliman University. In 2003, he was invited by Girlie Royeca to stage and perform The Little Mermaid on the island of Mindanao, touring to Davao City, General Santos, and Cagayan de Oro. Additionally he was invited to teach at the Cultural Center of the Philippines for Ballet Philippines. In 2005 Mr. Aaron returned to the Philippines to stage his latest ballet, The Jungle Book. In the fall of that year, he staged The Nutcracker (which has delighted audiences in the Southern Crescent of Atlanta for 19 years) which was performed in Davao City, Tagum City, and General Santos City.
In July 2006, Mr. Aaron was named co-artistic director of Balletcenter Cebu, along with Nicolas Pacaña. Initial productions included the Philippine premiers of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, as well as the introduction of The International Summer Series which attracted students from all over the Philippines. Mr. Aaron divides his time between directing Balletcenter Cebu and Atlanta Festival Ballet.
Mr. Aaron has also guest taught, choreographed and Directed internationally in Malaysia; Gwen School of Dance, Penang, Gwen Teoh Villenguez, Artistic Director, A La Pointe Ballet Academy, Penang, Janice Khoo, Artistic Director, City Ballet, Ipoh, Rosalina Ooi, Artistic Director, ACTS School of Performing Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Angeline Yew, Artistic Director, Equinox Dancing Studio, Equal Stage Dance Studio, Klang, Mei Lin Ng, Artistic Director; The Russian Ballet of Thailand, Chiangmai, Jaruaypan Jainawan, Artistic Director.
Gregory Aaron continues to perform, teach, produce, and choreograph a variety of works across the globe. He has developed not only his distinctive artistic style but also his exceptional ability to prepare and produce outstanding ballet performances.