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Charles Maple


Charles Maple began his training with Evelyn LeMone. the founder of Pasadena Dance Theatre.  He continued his studies with Andrei Tremaine and Stanley Holden until 1972 when he received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet. 

At the age of nineteen he joined American Ballet Theatre and rapidly rose through the ranks to become a featured soloist.  In 1979 he made numerous guest appearances with the National Ballet of Mexico and danced the leading roles in “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Les Sylphides”, and “La Fille Mal Gardée”.  In 1983 he became a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet of Switzerland.  His association with this company gave him the opportunity to dance in the works of Europe’s and America’s most influential choreographers.  He has appeared as a guest artist throughout the United States in Europe, Mexico, and South Africa.

In 1992 Maple began creating his own works.  He has since received a steady stream of commissions, awards and a growing reputation as a freelance choreographer. Companies in Regional Dance America have presented several of his works.  Two of his works for Rosella Hightower’s Ballet La Jeunesse were presented with top awards at the 1992 La Baule Festival in France.

In 1993 he attended the Tokyo International Choreographers Competition where his works received international recognition and critical acclaim.  In 1993 Mr. Maple’s “The Angel of the Abyss” was created to open the televised Posada Aids Procession in Los Angeles.  In 1995, his new version of “La Fille Mal Gardée” for Pasadena Dance Theatre opened to rave reviews.  In 1997 he created a new version of “The Nutcracker” for Black Hills Dance Theatre and symphony.  His work “Latcho Drom” was selected by Regional Dance America to be shown at the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.  Mr. Maple was recently commissioned to set two works for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Programs.  Mr. Maple’s choreography represents a diversity of dance styles that are firmly rooted in the traditions of classical ballet.  He is currently resident choreographer for the Los Angeles based Dancorps and the South Bay Ballet.

In 1994 and 1995 Mr. Maple directed Pasadena Dance Theatre.  He then founded Charles Maple and Dancers to concentrate on developing his own creations.

In conjunction with many of his choreographic projects, Mr. Maple holds special lecture demonstrations that are designed to enhance the audience’s understanding and appreciation of dance.  In them he explains choreographic techniques and discusses the process of creating a new work.  Audiences came away with fresh insights into the influence of the various elements, music, visual art, lighting, etc., on the final product and the effect that variations of these elements can produce in a ballet.  The lectures are invariably successful because they bring the audience into a process which they are generally not permitted to share.

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