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Rick McCullough

Published April 15, 2015

School of Dance



McCullough began his early dance training at the North Carolina School for the Arts and the School of American Ballet. Professionally he danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Harkness Ballet before joining Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) in 1975. He spent ten years performing around the world with NDT under the direction of world renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián.
After retiring from performing professionally, McCullough earned a B.F.A. from North Carolina School of the Arts and later an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has served as the Ballet Master for the Pittsburgh Ballet, an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Director of the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Festival Evening of Dance. In 2004 he completed an Associate Arts Degree in Photographic Technology and apprenticed with photographers Lois Greenfield and Eduardo Patino in New York City. His dance photography has been published in places such as Dance Magazine, Dance Magazine of Florida, Eliza Minen’s “The Ballet Companion”, and Dr. Tom Welsh’s “Conditioning for Dancers”.
As a choreographer, McCullough has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Choreographers’ Initiative, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Arts Council. He received second prize at the Tokyo International Choreography Competition in 1991 and a gold medal at the Boston International Choreography Competition in 1990. His work has been commissioned by the Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, Ballet Pacifica, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, and the North Carolina School of the Arts, among others.

McCullough joined the faculty at the Florida State University School of Dance in 2004. During his 13 year career at FSU a few of the courses he has taught include Ballet Technique, Partnering, Repertoire, Dance Photography, and Theory and Practice in Dance Technique. In addition to the invaluable foundation he laid for students in the classroom, McCullough choreographed many works on students; given his time and talent to photograph many dance students for their portfolios; served as the Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Ballet from 2009-2013; and taught for many years at School of Dance’s Summer Intensive and Workshop for Young Dancers.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Dance, University of North Carolina

Teaching Areas

Ballet Technique, Contemporary Partnering, Repertory, Photography for Dance. GFS