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Deborah Dobson

Teacher for the Competition

Deborah Dobson was born in Sacramento, California. She received her early training
at the Crockett Dance Studio and continued her studies on a Ford foundation
scholarship, awarded by Violette Verdy, at the San Francisco Ballet School and the
School of American Ballet in New York City.
Deborah joined American Ballet Theater for 7 years where she became a soloist. She
danced with the Stuttgart Ballet at the invitation of Glen Tetley before joining the
Geneva Ballet in Switzerland for two years, relocating with many of the members to
the Zurich Ballet as a principal dancer. Deborah performed and toured in Italy,
France, Switzerland and Spain with the Zurich ballet until 1985 and was a principal
guest artist with the English National Ballet during its 1982-83 seasons.

Deborah’s extensive classical repertoire included Swanhilda in Balanchine’s Coppelia,
Kitri, Queen of the Dryads and Mercedes in Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Odette/Odile in the
Swan Lake productions of Jonas Kåge and John Fields, Myrtha in productions of
Giselle staged by David Blair, Heinz Spoerli, and Mary Skeaping, Kate in John
Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Helena and Second Act Divertissement in Balanchine’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ,Clara in Jean Paul Comelin’s Florestan, , Lady Capulet
in Massimo Morricone’s Romeo and Juliet and leading roles in Fokine’s Les Sylphides,
Scheherazade, and Le Coq d’Or.

Deborah had the opportunity to work personally with Mr. Balanchine in Geneva and
Zurich and performed in his Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C, La Valse, Western
Symphony, Who Cares?, Apollo, Allegro Brilliante, Liebeslieder Walzer, Symphony in
Three Movements, Le Bourgeois Gentilhommes, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Nutcracker
pas de deux, and Violin Concerto.
Miss Dobson’s contemporary ballets have included Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange
Land, Rudolf Nureyev’s Manfred, Laszlo Seregi’s Nursery songs, Rudi van Dantzig’s
Monument for a Dead Boy, Glen Tetley’s Gemini, Alvin Ailey’s The River, Hans van
Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier, Birgit Cullberg’s Kampen om Kungakronan, Ben
Stevenson’s Four Last Songs, Ronald Hynd’s The Seasons, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost
Dances, William Forsythe’s Love Songs, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Kevin Haigen’s

Hell Machine, Jean Paul Comelin’s Requiem, and Heinz Spoerli’s Cloche de Genevé,
working personally with all of these choreographers.
Deborah’s partners have included Rudolf Nureyev, Jay Jolley, Floris Alexander, Reda
Sheta, Weit Carlsson, Niklas Ek, and a twenty year partnership with Jonas Kåge.

From 1988-1995 Deborah was ballet mistress, teacher and principal dancer with the
Malmö Ballet, Sweden. During this time the Malmö Ballet performed a
classical/comtemporary repertory with ballets by Birgit Cullberg, Hans Van Manen,
Robert North, Jonas Kåge ,George Balanchine, Patrick King, Kevin Haigen, Massimo
Morricone, and Jean-Paul Comelin.

In 1997, after 22 years in Europe, Deborah, her husband Jonas Kåge and daughter
Isabelle relocated to Salt Lake City to work with Ballet West and the Ballet West
Academy.From 1998 until June 2006 Deborah was an adjunct assistant professor at
the University of Utah dance department and principal teacher at the Ballet West
Academy in Salt Lake City. Deborah taught the upper levels and was responsible for
creating the syllabi for levels 1-8 and the end of year spring performance.

Deborah was adjudicator for the 2001 Pacific Regional Dance Festival and has been a
guest instructor for the Guangzhou Ballet China and the Rock School in Pennsylvania.
At the invitation of Jacqui Dumont Deborah taught for the Royal Ballet School summer
program at White Lodge summer 2004. In the fall of 2004 she taught master classes
and repertoire at the Central Ballet School in London.
In February 2008 Deborah completed certification in phase 1 of the first ABT alumni
teacher training seminar and completed phase 2 of her certification in 2009.
Deborah was involved as teacher and repetitör for the “Greenhousedanceproject”, a
collaboration between the Swedish ballet school, Focusdance, and Dans i Dalarna,
summer 2009 and 2010. Summer 2011 Deborah was invited to be a summer speaker
(sommarpratare) for a one hour radio program on P4 Dalarna, sharing her career
accompanied by musical selections.
In 2012 Deborah held a seminar at the American Academy of Dance in Paris and guest
taught for the National Ballet of Portugal in Lisabon and the Royal Swedish Ballet
School in Stockholm. Deborah has been the principal teacher for the Nordic Baltic
Ballet competition in Falun, Sweden since 2013.
Deborah was master teacher for Dancemaster class in Urbania, Italy summer 2015.
Deborah is currently living in Dalarna, Sweden and guest teaching as well as
conducting ballet and Pilates based bodycontrol classes.

 

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