Steven Norman began his classical ballet training at the age of 11, in Elgin, Illinois with Lisa and Frank Boehm. He then furthered his classical training at the Ruth Page Center for Dance in Chicago, under the direction of Larry Long. In 1990 he auditioned and was awarded full scholarship to train at Houston Ballet Academy.
Steve began his professional career in 1992 as an apprentice at Houston Ballet, and was promoted to the Corps de ballet by the years end. By 1995 he was then invited by renowned Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson to join the prestigious San Francisco Ballet.
While dancing with the San Francisco Ballet he had the opportunity to work with many of the world’s most renowned choreographers. These include Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Yuri Possokhov, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Val Caniparoli, and Helgi Tomasson.
During his thirteen year career with the San Francisco Ballet, Steve was given the opportunity to dance numerous soloist roles. Of these roles, the most memorable for him include Hilarion and Pas de Cinq in Tomasson’s Giselle, Snow Prince, Lead Russian, Arabian Prince, and Spanish in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Diamonds, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Impetuous, Dybbuk (Robbins), and Lamberena.
He has toured and performed in cities throughout the world. These include New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Athens, Edinburgh, Reykjavik, Belfast, Nervi, Coppenhagen, Madrid, Bilboa, and Barcelona.
Since retiring from the stage, I now enjoy choreographing and instructing all levels of classical ballet throughout the Chicagoland area. I am honored to have joined the prestigious faculty at the Joffrey Academy.
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