Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson trained with Paul Petroff, who was premier danseur with the Original Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Carlson has danced solo and leading roles with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Stora Teatern in Sweden, Badische Staatstheatre in Germany, and Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium. He has taught for the California Ballet School and the American Ballet School in California, the Acadamie voor Klasiek Russische Ballet in Belgium, and Kursverksamheten, Stockholm University in Sweden. Carlson has served as ballet master for Östgöta Ballet in Sweden and for Riverside Ballet Theater in California. He was associate director of Northwest Chamber Ballet in Oregon, and artistic director for both the Springfield Ballet in Missouri and Classical Ballet Ensemble in California. As the artistic director of Western Chamber Ballet, he has choreographed repertoire to the music of Bach, Handel, Satie, Mahler, Debussy, Rodrigo & Tchaikovsky. Since the disollution of Western Chamber Ballet, Carlson has choreographed two pieces for the Colorado Ballet, is a company teacher and is currently working with that company developing Colorado Ballet II of which he is Associate Director.

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