Richard Bowman, an internationally acclaimed master teacher, coach and répétiteur, has been named artistic director of the Napa Valley Ballet.
Bowman will oversee all students and faculty in the open-enrollment program. The academy follows a specific curriculum, divided by age.
Born and trained in Auckland, New Zealand, Bowman was awarded a full scholarship to complete his training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. He has danced as a guest artist and as a principal artist with renowned ballet companies including, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, the Australian Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
The recipient of the 1987 Sir Jon Logan Campbell Award, he has been noted for his technical brilliance and his ability able to capture audiences with ease.
In 2012, Bowman was appointed a member of American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) national training curriculum artistic board of examiners and instructors and became a senior faculty member at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City. As an international ballet master, coach and répétiteur with dance organizations throughout the world, he has served as a judge and master teacher for many ballet competitions, including the Youth America Grand Prix.
"Mr. Bowman will be a fantastic addition to Napa Valley Ballet and will complete our transition from a dance studio to a dance education program." says Board Chairman Christopher Ott.
For more information, visit napavalleyballet.org.