Suki Schorer joined the New York City Ballet in 1959 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1968. She performed leading roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine and originated soloist parts in Balanchine's Don Quixote, La Source, Raymonda Variations, Harlequinade, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. From her earliest days in the Company, Mr. Balanchine recognized Schorer's potential as an instructor, asking her to teach classes for new NYCB company members, enlisting her participation in a series of Ford Foundation teachers seminars, and sending her to his School of American Ballet to guest teach. Upon her retirement from NYCB in 1972, Balanchine appointed her to the permanent faculty at SAB, where she has taught technique, pointe and variations classes and staged Balanchine masterworks for the annual Workshop performances for more than forty years. She is the author of the award-winning Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique (Knopf 1999) and Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer's Guide to Life (Workman, 2005). Ms. Schorer is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer on the Balanchine aesthetic at schools and companies around the world. She received the Dance Magazine Award in 1998.
Josh Beamish began dancing under the direction of his mother Loretta Lachner in Edmonton, Alberta and continued his training in Kelowna, BC. Outside of MOVE: the company, his works have recently been performed by Toronto Dance Theatre, Sylvain Brochu, Halifax Dance, Ballet Kelowna, Dance Saskatchewan, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Ballet Jorgen, the Bellingham Repertory Company and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance in Kansas City. He is the recipient of a 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award, a 2008 Globe and Mail Dance Award and of artistic residencies at the Dance Centre, Drive Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Centre, the Sunshine Coast Dance Society, the University of Alberta, the Norman Rothstein and Clarke Theatres, Odyssey Dance Theatre in Singapore, the Djerassi Program in San Franciso and the Banff Centre. Josh also recently participated in a choreographic session at the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, collaborating with the students of the School of American Ballet. His work with MOVE: the company has recently toured to the 15th Anniversary of the International Ballet Festival in Miami, the Quinzena de Danca Festival in Portugal, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and to WORLD EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China, performing the Closing Gala of the Canadian Pavillion with Cirque du Soleil. Most recently, Josh choreographed the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games Opening Ceremonies event and in Fall 2011 he will premiere work for MOVE: the company at the Bangkok International Festival for Dance.
Born in Russia, Iousef Raoukout started professional education in the Ballet Academy of Byelorussia, than continued and completed training and experience in the famous Vaganova School of St-Petersburg, his teachers were K.Sergueev and O.Sokolov. The long artistic career took beginning on stage of the Bolshoi Byelorussian Opera and Ballet Theatre where he was performing for 23 years and had a position of principal dancer. During this period there was a close creative work and collaboration with the great N.Stukolkina, P.Gussev, O.Vinogradov, V.Elyzariev I.Kolpakova, B.Eifmann, E.Lysik, A.Messerer, A.Alonso, others personalities, conductors, artists.
For the famous interpretation of principal roles of the classical repertoire as in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, La Bayadère, Spartakus, Cinderella, Romeo and Julliette, Arlekinade, Chopiniana, Corsaire, among all others, in 1986 he was awarded the distinguished rank of Honorable Artist.
In 1993 was officially invited by the European Parliament to Brussels, started teaching and setting up the repertoire in the Royal Opera. Since 1993 he continues his career as a ballet master and choreographer in Belgium in the Royal Opera, the Academy of Arts. Invited as a guest teacher and choreographer, as well as coaching among others for the Jackson USA Competition, Luxemburg Competition, International Galas in Russia, Moscow, World Dance 2000 and 2002 in Seoul, South Korea, in the Opera of Nice, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet of Nord in France, Ballet of Monte Carlo, Ballet of Stuttgart, National Ballet of Holland, Cullberg Ballet in Sweden, Deutsche Oper am Rein, the Korean National University of Arts, National Ballet of Korea, Wiener Staatsoper in Austria, the Bolshoi Theatre on Russia, Moscow, English National Ballet, Latvian National Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet, The Universal Ballet, South Korea, Asia Dance Forum project since 2000, National Polish Opera and Ballet Theatre, National Dance Academy in China, Beijing, Hungarian National Opera Ballet, Ukranian National Opera, etc.
Marjorie Thompson trained at the School of American Ballet and while still a student, had the honor of traveling with New York City Ballet to perform Stars and Stripes for JFK's 1st inaugural anniversary. At 15 she became a member of the company under Balanchine's direction and danced with New York City Ballet at the opening of the State Theatre at Lincoln Center. The opening ballet was A Midsummer Night's Dream, restaged for the new theatre. In addition to US, Canadian and European tours, performing in the premiers of Variations, Pas de Deux and Divertissement, Metastaseis and Pithoprakta, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Harlequinade and Don Quixote, and over 40 ballets a season from the vast Balanchine repertoire, Marjorie performed in televised broadcasts of Balanchine's Four Temperaments and the film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
While still in her teens, Mr. Balanchine invited Marjorie to teach Company class for New York City Ballet. She went on to serve on the faculty of the School of American Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet and at the Grand Theatre in Geneva, Switzerland , direct the School of Minnesota Dance Theatre, and direct the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Before moving to Seattle and joining the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Marjorie received certification in Pilates in 1995. In 1996 she joined the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 1997, she added on to her faculty responsibilities and became PNB's Director of Therapy and Conditioning. In 1998, PNB opened its Pilates facility to subscribers and trustees, and PNBConditioning under Marjorie's direction became an ongoing arm of PNB, offering supplemental Pilates training to the Dancers, Professional Division Students, Summer Course students, PNB School students and the public.
Marjorie created and produced two videos for PNB: danceWorks! Starring Kari Anderson and featuring Ariana Lallone, Jeff Stanton and Maria Chapman; and Patricia Barker on Pointe Shoes.
Marjorie continues to be fascinated by ballet technique and besotted with Balanchine's vision, teachings and choreography.
"Ballet is significant and the greatest honor in my life has been to spend my career sharing what Mr. Balanchine taught me"
- Marjorie Thompson
Lynnette Kelley studied classical ballet at the Wynne Shaw Dance Studio in Victoria, B.C. Canada completing the Royal Academy of Dance Major (now Vocational) Examinations and dancing several summers, on scholarship, at the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Gained the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma in 1971, was owner and director of the Prince Rupert Academy of Dance from 1971 to 1973, followed by the Garibaldi School of Dance, in Squamish, B.C. from 1974 to 1993. Students were prepared for performances and for Graded and Vocational Examinations over these years.
A faculty member of the Goh Ballet Academy, in Vancouver from 1985 to 2011, prepared hundreds of students, successfully, for Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Examinations, including Solo Seal 1988 to 2013. Lynnette also coached numerous students for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance International Genee Competition between 1988 and 2011. A number of these students were finalists and medalists.
Teaches ballet across Canada, and internationally, privately and for the Royal Academy of Dance, including international Summer Schools and teachers courses.
A Royal Academy of Dance Graded Examiner from 1972, and Vocational Graded Examiner from 1988 which requires international travel.
Lynnette is looking forward to coaching students during the Vocational Intensive Program in June at the Goh Ballet Academy.