Francis Patrelle is Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Dances Patrelle. He has created dozens of ballets, including an entire series based upon the American Songbook, many of them for the greatest dancers of our age, including America’s prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory. Mr. Patrelle has also choreographed extensively for opera, including Eugene Onegin and La Traviata for the Santa Fe Opera; Turandot for the Vienna State Opera; and Willie Stark, directed by Harold Prince, for the Houston Grand Opera, which was also performed at the Kennedy Center and televised on PBS’s Great Performers Series. He has commissioned several scores from Patrick Soluri and made the ballet 212 to Manhattan School of Music President Robert Sirota’s 1st Symphony.
Mr. Patrelle’s contributions to classical ballet include Romeo & Juliet and Firebird for the Albany Berkshire Ballet; a full-length Swan Lake for St. Louis Ballet; and a full-length Macbeth, The Yorkville Nutcracker, and Gilbert & Sullivan, The Ballet! for Dances Patrelle.
Francis is also a gifted and passionate teacher. On the faculty of Manhattan School of Music since 1981, he has also long served on the faculty at Ballet Academy East, where he is Director of Choreographic Development. He has choreographed works for students at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and The Ballet School of Stamford.
In 1999, Francis was presented the Arts Recognition Tribute Award (the ARTY) by the Long Island Arts Council in honor of his outstanding commitment and contribution to the arts on Long Island and throughout the region. Mr. Patrelle has received three Dance Magazine Foundation grants for new ballets. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for Choreography by the Choo San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation in support of his new ballet Is That All There Is?