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Husband and Wife Dancers Join Lebanon Ballet School Faculty

Lebanon — Husband and wife team Rob Royce and Jesse Tidquist recently joined the faculty of the Lebanon Ballet School for the 2013-14 season.

The school has always strived to bring in a range of guest artists, Director Linda Copp said in a news release last week. “Rob is connected to many people in the ballet world, which means the school will be connected to a larger pool of outside talent.”

Royce was the first guest artist to dance with City Center Ballet, the semi-professional nonprofit dance company Copp founded in 1999. In 2012, he returned as a guest teacher and decided to stay with the school.

In addition to teaching ballet technique and boys’ classes, Royce will serve as ballet master for City Center Ballet productions and choreograph new ballets for the company. He will also teach at Brattleboro School of Dance and Dartmouth Classical Ballet Theatre at Dartmouth College.

Tidquist will teach ballet technique and pointe at the Lebanon school, Brattleboro School of Dance and Dartmouth Classical Ballet Theatre. She will also dance principal roles in City Center Ballet productions.

“She is wearing pointe shoes and is still growing as a dancer, so it is a chance for a high school student to dance beside a professional,” Copp said.

Royce’s training, which began at the Greensboro Ballet, has included the North Carolina School of the Arts, The School of American Ballet and numerous summer intensives. He danced professionally for the Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and BalletFleming, and performing principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Serenade, and Dracula, among others.

He served as ballet master and staff teacher for the Alabama Ballet, BalletFleming and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. As a choreographer with the Burklyn Ballet Theater, Royce received the 2001 Viewer’s Choice Award in The Scotsman for his choreography of Cinderella at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Before joining the Lebanon Ballet School, Royce taught with the Schrader Youth Ballet Company and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble in West Virginia, where he also served as a master teacher at the Dance West Virginia Mini Festival.

Tidquist, who started her ballet training at age 4, has performed with The Charleston Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Maryland.

She has trained under Christopher Fleming and his company BalletFleming in Philadelphia; with John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, of American Ballet Theatre; and Alun Jones and Helen Starr, of the Louisville Ballet. She began teaching pointe at Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive.

Children of all ages attend the Lebanon Ballet School, which was founded in 1984. — Staff report