With an unwavering committment to excellence that was rooted in the history and traditions of classical ballet, John has coached professional dancers as well as amatuer athletes, including Shizuka Arakawa who won the gold medal in figure skating at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Having coached and mentored many dancers in both their early dance lives and into their professional careers, John continues to share his love and passion for his art. Many of his former students have become dancers, choreographers and teachers themselves.
Thanks to John's training and his many years as a professional dancer and choreographer, Northwest Ballet Academy, the official school of Northwest Ballet Theater, stands strong today. Students who are trained in the Academy, have an unprecedented opportunity to perform in the professional level productions that NBT offers.
John never considers what he does 'work' or simply a job. He has devoted his entire life to a world that is as demanding as it is rewarding without ever considering leaving it. The students and dancers who are still under his tuteledge understand the amount of effort, sacrifice and determination that is needed to develop as a dancer and as an artist.
Both students of ballet and professional dancers can improve their level of dancing through one on one coaching or through Master Classes that John now offers when his schedule allows. He can be contacted anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.421.4013 or through the Contact Page(under Biography) on this website. Thank you.