Roger Van Fleteren

Former American Ballet Theater soloist and award winning choreographer, Roger Van Fleteren, joined the GRB studios to set his production of Dracula. His Dracula has been performed by companies around the country including Alabama and Atlanta.


Performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet during the 2011-2012 & 2013-2014 seasons


Roger Van Fleteren, Associate Artistic Director, is a native of Michigan where he began his training at the age of 12 with Charmaine Shick. Van Fleteren is a former American Ballet Theater soloist and also performed as a principal dancer with the London City Ballet, where he danced with Alabama Ballet Artistic Director Tracey Alvey. Van Fleteren began his career at Alabama Ballet with Wes Chapman in 1996 as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer. His original choreography for Alabama Ballet includes Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Van Fleteren’s original world premieres, Bach Variations and Be Major are two Panoply award-winning works.

Van Fleteren’s innovative choreography and passion for the dancer has been instrumental in the world-class performances by the company. Van Fleteren was named an official ambassador for Alabama’s 2007 Year of the Arts. Van Fleteren worked with John McFall and the Atlanta Ballet in 2007. He was appointed Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director in 2008 and served as guest teacher with American Ballet Theatre II.