The School of Dance is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Caleb Mitchell to the Studio Practice and Composition faculty. Caleb is teaching Ballet this semester and will provide valuable one-on-one mentorship to the students in our dance program. Caleb is also setting a new choreographic work for our annual An Evening of Dance concert series which will run November 2-3, 2018 in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre.
Caleb was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he started his serious early ballet training at the age of 16 under Rose Marie Floyd. After graduating cum laude in 1998 with a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona, Caleb joined the Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.-Emeritus and later Stanton Welch, Artistic Director.
During his tenure with Houston Ballet (1998-2007), Mr. Mitchell performed many featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Christopher Bruce, Ronald Hynd, Lila York, Natalie Weir, Julia Adams, Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, and David Parsons. In 2007, Caleb was awarded a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (Helen Russell Scholar) at the University of California-Irvine. In June 2009, Mr. Mitchell received an MFA in dance, and soon after became full-time dance faculty at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where he received tenure (2009-2016). In fall semester 2016, he joined Santa Monica College Dance Department (Santa Monica, California) as full-time Associate Professor of Dance.
Mr. Mitchell’s guest choreographic and teaching engagements include the following institutions: METdance, Ballet 5:8, The Link School of the Arts, Vivid Ballet , Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soliel: Elvis, Brigham Young Univeristy, Texas Ballet Theater Professional Division, University of California Irvine’s Etude Ensemble (Donald McKayle–Artistic Director), the Masterworks Festival, Belhaven University, Santa Monica College, Houston Ballet 2, Southern Methodist University, and others.
The School of Dance looks forward to the addition of Caleb to our stellar faculty. For more information about Caleb or other members of the School of Dance faculty, please visit the School of Dance website.