Bruce Marks received his performing arts training at the New York High School of Performing Arts, Brandeis University and The Juilliard School. In 1956, he joined the corps de ballet of the Metropolitan Opera School and in 1958 became premier danseur. Marks joined American Ballet Theatre in 1961, soon being promoted to principal dancer. In 1971 he became the first American principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet where he remained for five years. In 1976 Marks was named co-artistic director of Ballet West and in 1978 he took over as artistic director. In 1985 Bruce Marks assumed the position of artistic director of Boston Ballet, a position he held until 1997. A founding member of Dance/USA, Marks was chosen in 1989 to replace the late Robert Joffrey as chairman of the International Jury of the USA International Ballet Competition, a position he still holds. Marks came to Orlando Ballet in January 2006 as Interim Artistic Director and became Artistic Director of Orlando Ballet in May 2006.