|Jeffrey Graham Hughes
Jeffrey Graham Hughes was born in Alameda, California where he started dancing at the age of six. As a youngster he danced with the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballets when they performed in San Francisco . He had a Ford Foundation Scholarship and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program in Tacoma . He was a member of Oakland Metropolitan Ballet and was a guest artist with several companies in Northern California . His first two teachers were Vern Nerden and Madame Alexandria Baldina.
After seeing the Joffrey Ballet at Stanford University at the age of 13, Jeffrey decided that he wanted to dance in the Joffrey Ballet. Mr. Joffrey gave Jeffrey permission to take company class with the company over the next few summers when they were in the S.F. Bay Area. In 1970 after the Joffrey Ballet Summer Workshop Mr. Joffrey invited him to join Joffrey II after completion of high school. Jeffrey joined Joffrey II, March 1971, in NYC. He joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1973. Over a twenty-two year professional career, he also danced principal roles with London Festival Ballet, Cleveland / San Jose Ballet, Oakland , Sacramento and Atlanta Ballet.
Mr. Hughes had a vast repertoire of roles, listed among some of his favorites were; The Moor in Jose Limon's Moor's Pavane , Flemming Flindts The Lesson, Franz in Coppelia, Balanchine's Tarantella, Le Corsaire pas de deux, Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake , one of the two male leads in Landers Etudes, Fokine's Spectre de la Rose and Les Sylphid e . He danced in ballets by such names as Ailey, Ashton, Bournonville, Cranko, Nureyev, Schafuss, Tharp, Watts , to mention just a few. <br>Jeffrey was privileged to be in Robert Joffrey's Remembrances and enjoyed dancing in many of Gerald Arpino's ballets.<br>Jeffrey is currently executive director for Ballet Tucson. He has been artistic director of Ohio Ballet, interim director and then rehearsal director for Hong Kong Ballet, associate director / ballet master with Ballet de Monterrey, ballet master for Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet, artistic director for Atlanta Ballet's outreach program and the founder of his own educational performing group Ballet Atlantis.
He started teaching at 17. He has been on the faculty of Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Dance Institute, New York Academy of Ballet and Cleveland Ballet. He has guest taught throughout America , Mexico and Hong Kong and for several companies; National Ballet of China , Hubbard Street Dance and Chautauqua Ballet to name a few.
Over the past 18 years Jeffrey has choreographed nearly fifty ballets, with titles such as; Upon Rays of Light, Chronos I &II, Faith, In Love is Devotion, Song of Peace, Rapturous Heart, Pygmalion & Galatea, With a Vengeance, Coppelia, Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Mr. Hughes danced in Soviet Russia with The Joffrey Ballet in 1974 and in Communist China with London Festival Ballet in 1979.
With The Joffrey he was in the Dance in America Joffrey Ballet television perfomance as well as an evening with Agnes DeMille. He danced in the movie Nijinsky . While in London he danced a pas de deux Apathy aired on Granda television.
Jeffrey was the President of American Alliance of Dance Artists, the dancer union for Cleveland / San Jose Ballet and was on a AGMA negotiating committee while at The Joffrey.
Jeffrey Is married to Pamela Reyman and they a have a daughter Maya Esperanza.
Jeffrey loves to teach young dancers and is thrilled to be a teacher at the Joffrey Ballet Workshop San Antonio.
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