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Stephen Mills, choreographer


 

(Compiled September 2001)


In the past 14 years, Mills has created over 25 works for companies in the United States and abroad. His ballets are in the repertories of such companies as Cuballet in Havana, Cuba, The Dayton Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Ballet Pacifica, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Ft. Worth/Dallas Ballet and Dance Kaleidoscope. The Ontario Ballet Theater in Toronto and the Icelandic Ballet Company in Reykjavik also perform works by Mills.

In May 1998 he was the only American choreographer chosen to present his work, Ashes, at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. He has three times shown work at the prestigious New York Showcase Ballet Builders. He has worked in collaboration with such luminaries as the eight-time Grammy Award-winning band, Asleep at the Wheel, and internationally renowned flamenco artist José Greco II.
Mills has performed with a wide variety of companies, dancing a very diverse repertoire. He was a performing member of the world-renowned Harkness Ballet and The American Dance Machine under the direction of Lee Theadore. He also performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and The Indianapolis Ballet Theater. Mills has danced principal roles in the Balanchine repertoire as well as works by Choo San Goh, John Butler, Ohad Naharin, Vicente Nebrada, Domy Reiter-Soffer and Mark Dendy.

In addition to his work as a choreographer, Mills is committed to developing dancers as a master teacher. He has served as instructor for the Ballet Austin's summer intensive in Cyprus. He also has been a teacher at many pre-professional academies including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, The Virginia School of the Arts, The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Stephens College and Point Park College in Pittsburgh.

In February of 2000, after a ten-month search that spanned all corners of the globe Stephen Mills was named Artistic Director of Ballet Austin. Mr. Mills joined Ballet Austin in 1987 as a principal dancer and began choreographing for the company the following year. He was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1994 and Associate Artistic Director in 1999.

Under the artistic direction of Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin has emerged as one of the world¹s premiere ballet organizations. He is honored to lead the Company to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in January 2002 for the Youth and Family Performance Series at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In his inaugural season as artistic director he attracted attention from around the United States with his world-premiere production of Hamlet, hailed in Dance Magazine as "...sleek and sophisticated."

 

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