Steven Woodgate, Ballet Master
Australian Steven Woodgate joined the artistic staff of Houston Ballet in January 2004. In 1985, he graduated from The Australian Ballet School. He performed with The Australian Ballet progressing through the ranks to senior artist in 1996. In 1988, Mr. Woodgate was presented with the Victorian Green Room Award for best male dancer for his role as Bim in Gaîté Parisienne.
Mr. Woodgate has also performed the roles of Colas and Alain in La Fille mal Gardee, Franze in Coppelia, the lead role in Balanchine's Night Shadow, Bronze Idol in La Bayadere, and Gremio in Taming of the Shrew. He also created the role of Goro in Welch's Madame Butterfly, Florinda in Welch's Cinderella, recreated Harlequin in Fokine's Le Carnaval, and the T.V. choreographer in Bejart's Le Concours.
He represented Australia in the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1989, where he was awarded the Moscow Music Magazine Award. In 2000, he was awarded The Churchill Fellowship, which enabled him to observe many ballet masters from around the world and study their various teaching methods. As well as performing, Mr. Woodgate has taught both student and professional classes around the world. Mr. Woodgate reproduced Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly for the Singapore Dance Theater, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West Utah, and The Australian Ballet. In 2009 Steven staged Clear for Angel Corella's company in Spain and in 2011 he re-staged Ronald Hynd's Merry Widow for The Tulsa Ballet.