Rory Foster

Rory Foster trained in Chicago and New York with Royal Ballet teachers, Robert
Lunnon, Doreen Tempest, Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay, and with Maestro
Vincenzo Celli and David Howard. He joined American Ballet Theatre where he danced
for five seasons, and worked with world renowned choreographers including Antony
Tudor, Alvin Ailey, José Limón, Agnes deMille, John Neumeier, and Elliot Feld.
Mr. Foster later joined the New Orleans Ballet and London Ballet Theatre as a
principal dancer and was a guest artist with numerous American companies, among
them, the Washington Ballet, Maryland Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. He became Ballet
Master for the Chicago Ballet under the direction of Ruth Page and Frederic Franklin and Ballet Master and Choreographer for the New Orleans Ballet.

Mr. Foster is an Emeritus Professor of Dance at DePaul University where held the rank of Professor and Dean of the Dance Conservatory in Barat College. He has been a Visiting Professor at Butler University Jordan College of Arts and, most recently, on the full-time faculty of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts in Southern California.


Mr. Foster has taught extensively for ballet companies, universities, and professional conservatories both nationally and internationally. Among his many residency and guest teaching credits are the Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art, Cincinnati Ballet, California Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New Zealand National School of Dance, Folkwang Hochschule (Essen-Germany), Chicago Academy for the Arts, SUNY-Purchase Conservatory of Dance, University of Oklahoma, University of Utah, Point Park University Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, Jacksonville University, Cecchetti Council of America, Virginia School of the Arts, and numerous dance festivals. He teaches ballet technique, Men’s class, Pas de Deux, and Pointe along with a ballet pedagogy workshop for teachers. He has written a soon to be published book: Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching.
Mr. Foster is also a certified yoga teacher nationally registered with Yoga Alliance and he offers a class in Yoga for Dancers.

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