Medhi Bahiri: Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer
Having experienced the life of a freelance Guest Artist, he brings a wide and diverse background in dance to his position as Co-Artistic Director. He was a Principal Dancer with Ballet West and Boston Ballet, and a member of Maurice Bejart’s Twentieth Century Ballet. As Principal Guest Artist, he has appeared with Ballet National de Mexico; Ballet de Santiago,Chile; Universal Ballet of Korea; Ballet du Louvre; Tulsa Ballet and Ballet Philippines. Touring in the United States and Europe, his partners have included: Cynthia Gregory; Ann Marie DeAngelo; Valentina Kozlova; Cheryl Yeager; Evelyn Cisneros; Marie-Christine Mouis; Christine Spizzo; Christina Fagundes; Laura Young and Susana Benavides, among others. Mr. Bahiri won the First Prize of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition, and was recognized for his outstanding artistic achievement and original style at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. As a non competitor, he was distinguished as Best Partner at the Jackson and Tokyo ballet competitions. Mr. Bahiri has been and continues to create new works for the company.
Judith Fugate: Co-Artistic Director/Repetiteur
Miss Fugate is a former Principal Ballerina with the New York City Ballet and danced roles in virtually every ballet in the NYCB repertoire, counting among her partners Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Helgi Tomasson. During her career she toured extensively with groups led by renowned artists such as Mr. Baryshnikov, Cynthia Gregory and Mr. Martins. Miss Fugate appeared on “Live from Lincoln Center” with Ray Charles in Peter Martins’ A Fool for You. In the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Traviata, conducted by Placido Domingo, she was partnered by Fernando Bujones and Peter Boal. She left the company in 1997 and currently works as repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and the Jerome Robbins Rights Trust, staging these renowned choreographers’ works worldwide.