Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker has been teaching all levels of ballet and creating choreography for dancers for over thirty years. Mr. Parker has been on the faculty of many well-respected professional dance education institutions, including Canada’s National Ballet School (2001-2007), Boston Ballet School (1996-2000) and Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (2007-2010). In 2000, he received his Pedagogy Diploma with Distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers, where his mentors included Mavis Staines, Glenn Gilmour and Robert Sirman. He has also studied ballet pedagogy with master teachers Jurgen Schneider, Tatiana Legat, Nicole Cavallin and Gilbert Mayer. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mr. Parker began his ballet studies at age nine at Cambridge School of Ballet, under Carol Jordan and went on to study at Boston Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School, where his teachers included Marie Paquet, James Capp, Sydney Leonard, Bruce Wells, Basil Thompson, Brunilda Ruiz and Paul Sutherland. For eleven years, he danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Ballet Iowa performing a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. Mr. Parker has choreographed ballets for Chattanooga Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Walnut Hill School, American Academy of Ballet, George Brown College Dance Ensemble, Milwaukee Ballet School, Texas Ballet Theater School Ensemble, Ballet Ensemble of Texas and Southern Methodist University. In 2005, he was commissioned by Toronto’s International Dance Festival to create his pas de deux, 2 = 1 for soloists from The National Ballet of Canada and Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2006, Parker collaborated as choreographer with Canadian ballerina/director, Veronica Tennant, on Song of Survival in a joint performance with Toronto’s Orianna Women’s Choir and Canada’s National Ballet School. Mr. Parker has served as Artistic Director of both Chattanooga Ballet and Springfield Ballet. He also toured internationally as Ballet Master of Montreal’s La La La Human Steps, led by choreographer Edouard Lock, in their acclaimed performances of New Work across Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Italy and Spain with Diana Vishneva. Mr. Parker has also taught as a guest teacher at many summer dance programs including The Rock School, Draper Center for Dance, Milwaukee Ballet School, Oklahoma City Ballet and Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Parker has been focused on and committed to training male dancers and to nurturing ballet students educated in the foundations of classical ballet tradition, evolving contemporary approaches and artistic human expression. Andrew moved to Kansas City in 2022 and is excited to join the faculty of Kansas City Ballet School.