Bruce Wells

Choreographer

Bio

Choreographer Bruce Wells has created over 50 ballets. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Wells’ dance career began as a student at the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet, under the direction of George Balanchine, in 1967 and was promoted to soloist in 1969. His choreographic career began in workshops that Mr. Balanchine coached in the early 1970’s. From there he became resident choreographer for the Connecticut Ballet from 1975 to 1979, choreographing his first full-length ballet, Coppélia, in 1976. From 1979 to 1989 Mr. Wells was resident choreographer for the Boston Ballet, where he created over 20 works that included The Nutcracker, La Fée Mal Gardée, Swan Lake, and his highly acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (From 1984 to 1989, he was also associate artistic director for the company.) He then joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for six seasons as resident choreographer, creating new productions of Romeo & Juliet, Firebird, and The Great Gatsby among others. Mr. Wells has choreographed works for The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, and many more. For the past seventeen years, Mr. Wells has been on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Wells’ first children’s ballet for PNBS was Snow White in 2001, followed by Hansel & Gretel in 2006, and Pinocchio in 2009. A frequent guest teacher and freelance choreographer, his most recent assignment was as guest teacher for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.

Media

Bruce Wells discusses how his designs were created for his Pinnochio choreographed on Pacific Northwest Ballet.