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Mr. Allen has danced with the Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and has performed as a guest artist and teacher throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has also had the honor of performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on two separate occasions, for Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. Allen has an extensive background in the classics and Balanchine ballets, and has performed featured roles in ballets by Elisa Monte, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, James Kudelka, Hans Van Manen and Lucinda Hughey. In May of 2000 Mr. Allen was one of fourteen dancers asked to perform in Ocean Dance 2000 featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project. In 2004 he was invited to perform with the Broadway cast in the Tony Award winning Musical, Movin’ Out, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, music by Billy Joel.
He has choreographed 30 original works and classical ballets and 8 operas, has taught at The USA International Ballet Competition and many master classes and workshops in the US and internationally and has served on the jury of NBA Ballet’s Japanese National Ballet Competition in Tokyo, Japan.
In the summer of 1995 Todd returned to his hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Florida as Artistic Director/CEO of the Northwest Florida Ballet. Over the past 20 years, he has committed himself to his community by developing young minds and bodies through innovative dance education programs, creating an awareness of dance in Northwest Florida and exposing his audiences to a variety of classical and contemporary works. In 2003 Mr. Allen received the Cox Bravo Champion of the Arts Award in Northwest Florida for his work in establishing the NFB Académie, a free academic and artistic education elementary and middle school. He has also received the Elvie DeMarko Dance Achievement Award from The Arts Council of Northwest Florida and has served on various grant panels in the state of Florida for the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, Md. His groundbreaking work in arts education was featured in Dance Teacher magazine (Nov, 2004) and in Teacher Magazine, a Department of Education publication (May 2005). The Northwest Florida Ballet is now one of the largest and most respected arts organizations in Northwest Florida and has received national recognition for its innovative programs.
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Shari Allen has been a part of the arts and cultural expansion in Northwest Florida for over 20 years. She has played an integral part in creating core artistic curriculums, administrative direction, and instruction for the NFB Company, Academie and Community School.
Her certifications include Physical Mind Institute, Kathy Corey Pilates, a professional educators certificate in the state of Florida, and she is a “Healthy Foot Practitioner” through the Restorative Exercise Institute. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Radford University and studied at Virginia Intermont College, North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet School.
A dance instructor since her teenage years, Sharon has taught inspiring, creative classes to her students for over 30 years. Dance department faculty include Harvard-Radcliffe, Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, the University of West Florida, and The Florida Dance Association. Her professional performance career was with Mill Mountain Theater, Boston Dance Company, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Impulse Dance Company, Lightwire Theater and Northwest Florida Ballet.
Her students have gone on to prestigious companies and programs such as Julliard, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Ballet West, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her love for teaching people of all ages and a lifetime of experience in the arts bring a mindful approach to her professional work with Northwest Florida Ballet.
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