Master Class with John Bishop


Current Artistic Director for Northwest Ballet Theater in Bellingham WA.


Conducting Master Classes at Dance Locations in Washington

Dancer, choreographer and director,  John Bishop has long been associated with prominent dance companies and schools in the US and abroad and has worked with some of the most notable artists in the world of dance. He began studying classical ballet and piano at the age of 8 and began his professional career at 16 with the Milwaukee Ballet Company. He has since performed with over twenty professional companies including American Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet and major companies from New York to Japan. He has worked with such dance luminaries as George Balanchine, Mikhail Barishnikov, Andre Eglevsky and many others. As a principal dancer, he has performed in an array of roles in both classical and contemporary repertoire including Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Ziegfried in Swan Lake, Basilio  in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppelia, Prince in Sleeping Beauty and Bryaxis in Daphnis and Chloe.

After a long professional career as a dancer, Mr. Bishop transitioned into a well-respected choreographer creating over fifty original ballets. In his 13-year tenure at Northwest Ballet Theater, he has staged full-length ballets including Coppelia, La Fille Mal-Gardee, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. Some of his classical one-act ballets include Paquita, Graduation Ball, The Firebird, Petrushka, Spectre de la Rose, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Daphnis et Chloe. In 2004, he and six of his dancers competed in the St. Petersburg International Ballet Competition in Russia where he received the Award for Best Choreography. Recently, Mr. Bishop created original ballets, Aladdin and Little Mermaid, and Emerald Bay. Former students of Mr. Bishop now dance with prestigious dance programs and companies in The United States and overseas. He has also trained several professional figure skaters, including Shizuka Arakawa, gold medalist at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Mr. Bishop’s ballet productions for Northwest Ballet Theater have also attracted students and professional dancers from Washington to Russia.

Contact: NBT or John’s cell: 360-421-4013