Bryan Pitts – Artistic Director, Choreographer, Master Teacher

Resume posted by bpitts in Arts and Culture.
Desired position type: 'Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract'.
Location: Oklahoma City Oklahoma, United States

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Summary

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Bryan Pitts began his professional training at the age of fourteen at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Majoring in classical guitar Pitts was required to take ballet as a replacement for the physical education program which the school didn’t have at that time. After three short months he fell in love with ballet and returned to the school the following year as a dance major.
Within six short months, Pitts found himself on scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. At the age of seventeen he was taken into the company.

Pitts has enjoyed a successful and varied career dancing principal and soloists roles with the New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Dallas Ballet and Ballet Oklahoma. He also has several television credits to his name performing on the “Merv Griffin Show” and with Edward Villella in the “Dancing Athletes” for NBC.

He has created 36 ballets during his career and added over 52 ballets to the Ballet Oklahoma repertoire. His full-length works include, DRACULA, THE NUTCRACKER, ROMEO AND JULIET, ZORRO, SVENGALI, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and THE THREE MUSKETEERS. He has collaborated with Stewart Copeland, Grammy winning composer and founder/drummer of the rock group THE POLICE on the ballet PREY and with Denny Dent, performance artist, on SYMPHONY IN DENT, a ballet in which Dent paints on canvas, onstage, while dancers perform, creating an ever-changing backdrop for the ballet.

Pitts has studied with many celebrated teachers and ballet masters including but not limited to George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Taras, Stanley Williams, Alexandra Danilova, Alexander Minz, Peter Martins, Andre Eglevsky, Flemming Flindt, Maggie Black, Robert Lindgren, Sonya Tyven and Duncan Noble.

He has dance throughout the world. From New York City to Berlin, Moscow to Saudi Arabia and Soeul to Los Angeles and all places in between.

Bryan has danced in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, John Cranko, Flemming Flindt, Peter Martins, John Clifford, Peter Anastos and Choo San Goh as well as most of the classics, just to name a few.

Skills

    Education

    1966-1968 North Carolina School of the Arts Winston Salem, NC
    Full Scholarship Student – Department of Dance

    1967-1969 School of American Ballet New York, NY
    Full Scholarship Student

    1969-1978 New York City Ballet New York, NY
    Dancer

    1974-1975 Metropolitan Opera’s American Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s
    “Death in Venice” as Tadzio – Principal Dancer

    1978-1979 Zurich Ballet Zurich, Switzerland
    Principal Dancer

    1979-1981 Los Angeles Ballet Los Angeles, CA
    Principal Dancer and Ballet Master

    1981-1986 Dallas Ballet Dallas, TX
    Principal Dancer and Ballet Master

    1986-2008 Ballet Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
    Artistic Director/Executive Director
    Faculty Chairman, School of Ballet Oklahoma

    Experience

    Pitts has studied with many celebrated teachers and ballet masters including but not limited to George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Taras, Stanley Williams, Alexandra Danilova, Alexander Minz, Peter Martins, Andre Eglevsky, Flemming Flindt, Maggie Black, Robert Lindgren, Sonya Tyven and Duncan Noble.

    He has dance throughout the world. From New York City to Berlin, Moscow to Saudi Arabia and Soeul to Los Angeles and all places in between.

    Bryan has danced in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian, John Cranko, Flemming Flindt, Peter Martins, John Clifford, Peter Anastos and Choo San Goh as well as most of the classics, just to name a few.

    In 1976 Pitts married New York City Ballet dancer Laura Flagg. They have two children, Christian age 26 and Kallen age 21.

    He has also served on the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel to review grants and award funds to the dance field and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders – Arts (EPNL-A) program as well as the recipient of the Governors’ Arts Award for Arts Education in Oklahoma.

    While serving as both Artistic Director and Executive Director of Ballet Oklahoma, Mr. Pitts worked extensively in every aspect of a professional ballet company, theatre and school including but not limited to, public relations and marketing, special events, development, budget and finance, Trustee development and long range planning. It is of note that during his time at Ballet Oklahoma Pitts raised over $15,000,000 for the organization.

     

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