Gerard Charles came to Chicago for a six week visit in 1977 and has not left North America since.He was born in Folkestone, England, and received his dance training from Moya Kennedy and at The Royal Ballet School in London. In addition to numerous guest appearances, he danced professionally for Ballet International in London, Milwaukee Ballet and BalletMet, in roles ranging from corps de ballet to Principal. On retiring from the stage, he served as Ballet Master for BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.Having served as Associate Artistic Director, Gerard was named Artistic Director of Ballet Met in 2001. Under his leadership the company continued its artistic and financial growth. It commissioned over 50 world premieres, was invited to perform in Russia, and three times in New York. Gerard also formed collaborations with other ballet companies and arts organizations to present pioneering and adventurous programming. These collaborations resulted in two Artistic Achievement awards and the Columbus Arts Endowment Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship. During his career he has been fortunate to work with, and learn from, a wide range of choreographers and teachers including Hans van Manen, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, John Butler, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Agnes de Mille, David Nixon, and Larry Long.Gerard has choreographed and staged works internationally and received an NEA Choreographic Fellowship.He is married to Catherine Yoshimura and his proudest achievement is his son Max.
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