Rowden MetzgerBallet Instructor

    As a performer and instructor, Rowden has lived a life in the arts. Starting in early childhood, his training and experience spans many styles and genres, from classical ballet, tap, and modern, to contemporary dance and experimental theatre. Having trained extensively with many revered ballet educators, he has worked closely with Marat Daukayev (Kirov), Yuri Grigoriev and Arkady Nikolaev (Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet), Stanley Holden and Margaret Graham Hills (Royal Ballet). As a principal dancer and guest artist, he has performed with numerous contemporary ballet ensembles and classical ballet companies. Rowden danced with the LA Opera for five years, as well as productions at the Hollywood Bowl and the inaugural concert for the Roy E. Disney Center for the Arts in New Mexico with the Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre. His classical repertoire includes: Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, La Bayadere, Nutcracker. He has also worked with such notable director/ choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Grover Dale, Danny Daniels, and Kenny Ortega. He has been profiled in several dance publications. Rowden graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College of California, with a BA in Performing Arts.