Howard Sayette

Howard Sayette

Howard Sayette is back with us this week teaching more of LES BICHES which will be performed this spring for “TREASURES OF THE BALLET RUSSES.”  I thought you might like to know a bit more about him!

Howard Sayette has enjoyed a distinguished career as a dancer, teacher and ballet master. Born in Los Angeles, his principal training was with Leon Danielian, Robert Joffrey and Hector Zaraspe.  He joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1956 and performance for many years with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York.  Mr. Sayette has worked with some of the 20th Century’s greatest choreographers, including Antony Tudor, Bronislava Nijinska, John Butler, Alvin Ailey and Katherine Dunham.

For 25 years, following his retirement from dancing, Mr. Sayette was ballet master and chief regisseur of the Oakland Ballet, teaching company class and rehearsing the majority of the repertory. He has also staged ballets from the Oakland Ballet repertory for many companies in the U.S. and around the world, including Ruthanna Boris’ Cakewalk, Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid, and Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces, which he staged for the Joffrey Ballet in 1989.  Mr. Sayette’s production of Les Noces for the Maly Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1995 was the first Nijinska ballet ever to be seen in Russia.

During the 2000-2001 season, Mr. Sayette staged four productions of Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, for the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Arizona.  In 2003, Nijinska’s Les Noces was staged again in St. Petersburg by Mr. Sayette for the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, a performance conducted by the theatre’s artistic director Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Sayette now resides in Denver and teaches at the Denver School of the Arts.

Hua Kate Jason

Hua Zhuang, Kate Crews and Jason Linsley as the The Hostess and The Athletes.

Howard Sayette coaches Kate Crews

Howard Sayette teaches Kate Crews.

Kate Crews as The Hostess

Kate Crews as The Hostess.  This role was first danced by the ballet’s choreographer Nijinska.


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