Rick McCullough, Artistic Director
Rick's professional experience includes performing with the Netherlands Dance Theater from 1975 to 1984, the Harkness Ballet from 1971 to 1975, and with the North Carolina Dance Theater from 1970 to 1971. From 1986 to 1998, Mr. McCullough served as Ballet Master for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. From 1998 until 2008, Mr. McCullough has served as the Artistic Director of the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Festival Dance Company.
Mr. McCullough received his BFA Degree from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1986, and his MFA Degree in Dance in 1995. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro from 1995 to 2000. He has also taught at Ohio State University (2003), Western Michigan University (2000), the University of Utah (1996), the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1995), the American Dance Festival (1994 and 1995), and the Pacific Northwest Ballet (1994). His many awards include five choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, second prize at the Tokyo International Choreography Competition in 1991, and a gold medal at the Boston International Choreography Competition in 1990. His ballets have been performed by the School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, North Carolina School of the Arts, Washington Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
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Hope Gaines, Assistant Artistic Director
Hope Gaines grew up in Vero Beach Florida where she began her dance training under the instruction of Jocelyn Woodruff at The Vero Ballet. She has attended summer intensives at The North Carolina School of the Arts, The Boston Ballet, and received a full scholarship to attend Miami City Ballet’s summer intensive in 2005. In 2006, she was accepted into The North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school junior. There, she was privileged to study under talented instructors such as Nina Danilova, Warren Conover, and Brenda Daniels. Upon graduating in 2008, with a concentration in Ballet, she auditioned and was accepted into The Florida State University’s dance department. There, she spent four years studying under world-acclaimed teachers and choreographers such as Gerri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, Rick McCollough, and Jawole Zollar. She also performed choreographic works by guest artists, Darshan Bueller and Monica Bill Barnes. This is Hope’s first season with The Tallahassee Ballet.
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