Patrelle Francis


Classical Ballet / Choreographer

has had a long association with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, spanning decades since 1974. A native of Bucks County, PA, he studied ballet in Philadelphia with Jean Williams and at the Pennsylvania Ballet before receiving his B.F.A. from Juilliard, where he studied with Alfredo Corvino, Jose Limon and Antony Tudor. As resident choreographer for the (then) Berkshire Ballet (1974 - 1984) he created two full-length dramatic ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Firebird and over 20 concert works, and also appeared in a number of them. His portrayal of Petrouchka received critical acclaim. In the 1984-85 season, the Riverside Dance Festival featured 3 of his ballets, including Musica Humana which was performed by the Berkshire Ballet, and Rhapsody in Blue. In 1988, Dances. ..Patrelle was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization to provide a forum for his works. Among his most recent works worthy of considerable note are a full-length version of Macbeth (1995) and The Yorkville Nutcracker (1996). In 1990, Judith Fugate, one of New York City Ballet\'s most personable ballerinas, and her husband Medhi Bahiri first appeared as guest artists in Patrelle\'s jazz pas de deux titled \"Jazz Fools\", dancing it to great acclaim. He was previously director of the dance program for Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and is currently on the faculties of Barnard College and the Manhattan School of Music.

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