Andrew Parker returns to the United States after serving as Ballet Master for Montreal’s La La La Human Steps’ 2011 European Tour, Artistic Director of Quinte Ballet School of Canada and a teacher at The School of Dance in Ottawa. An experienced dance educator for more than 15 years, Mr. Parker has taught at Canada’s National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet School, School of Ballet Iowa, The Rock School for Dance in Philadelphia, Ballet Academy of Texas, Ben Stevenson’s Texas Ballet Theater School, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Draper Center for Dance Education and Walnut Hill School of the Arts.
Beginning intensive ballet studies 9 years old, Mr. Parker received his ballet performance training at Cambridge School of Ballet, Boston Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet where his teachers included Carol Jordan, Marie Paquet, James Capp, Bruce Wells, Sydney Leonard, Basil Thompson, Brunilda Ruiz, Jeanette Makaroff and Paul Sutherland. From 1985-96, Mr. Parker performed with Milwaukee Ballet, Tulsa Ballet as soloist and Konstantin Uralsky’s Ballet Iowa as principal dancer. Mr. Parker first began teaching at the age of 19 at the invitation of Milwaukee Ballet School director, Katherine Kersten. From 1997-99 he was Artistic Principal of Bruce Marks’ Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education CITYDANCE Outreach Program. Mr. Parker graduated with distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers in 2000, where his mentors included Mavis Staines, Glenn Gilmour and Trevor McLain. In 2001, Mr. Parker was invited to join the National Ballet School full-time faculty, where for the following six years he was a key member of the artistic faculty and staff. From 2007-2010 he was professor of ballet at Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas.
As a choreographer, Mr. Parker has created new works for Toronto’s International Dance Festival, Canada’s National Ballet School, George Brown College, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Choreoplan Project, American Academy of Ballet, Ballet Ensemble of Texas and Texas Ballet Theater School Youth Ensemble. In 2006, he collaborated with Veronica Tennant on a new choreographic re-staging of Song of Survival presented by Toronto’s Orianna Women’s Choir and Canada’s National Ballet School. From 2007-10, he created solo and ensemble choreography presented at Youth America Grand Prix, regionally and in New York City. Mr. Parker travels extensively as a guest master teacher, regularly working with many ballet schools across North America and Europe.