Choreographer Bobby Wesner to Join Dance Faculty

Bobby WesnerOctober 31, 2019 (Jackson, Miss.) - Choreographer and dance educator Bobby Wesner will join the Belhaven University Dance Department beginning in Fall 2020. Wesner has many years of experience as a choreographer, artistic director, dance company founder, collaborator, and professor, and he will take the role of Belhaven’s Senior Instructor of Dance and Resident Choreographer.

“We are thrilled that Bobby Wesner is joining us at Belhaven,” said Chair and Associate Professor of Dance Krista Bower. “Mr. Wesner brings significant experience as a professional dancer with Ballet Arizona and as co-founder and artistic director of Neos Dance Theatre. His expertise in ballet, men’s technique, pas de deux, jazz, contemporary dance, non-traditional partnering, choreography, and dance management will benefit our students and program. As a Christian dance artist and educator, he is eager to teach and mentor Belhaven Dance students as they prepare for their careers. I know he will make a meaningful impact in our department for years to come.”

Wesner has taught master classes and workshops as an instructor of dance at Oberlin College, adjunct professor at the University of Akron and as a guest artist at Belhaven University. As a collaborator, he has worked with diverse artists and musicians at venues including the Akron Art Museum, symphonies, and school districts.

He began his career as a professional dancer with Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Michael Uthoff. During his stay in Phoenix, Wesner had the honor of working with American Classics such as Fredric Franklin, Daniel Ezralow, Moses Pendlelton of Momix, the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus, Kevin O’Day, Jowali Willa Jo Zolar of Urban Bush Woman, and also his wife Brooke.

Wesner’s dance repertoire includes masterpieces such as the Profiteer in The Green Table by Kurt Jooss; Iago in The Moor's Pavane by Jose Limón; “Tico” in Company B by Paul Taylor, (also in Taylor's “Esplanade”); three works of Antony Tudor: Lilac Garden, Leaves are Fading, and Continuo; and The Jester in Earnst Uthoff's Carmina Burana.

Independently, Wesner has traveled and performed with various companies all over the northeast region of the U.S. and in Italy. As director and co-founder, Wesner has choreographed six evening length story ballets for Neos Dance Theatre and produced an additional ballet by resident choreographer Mary-Elizabeth Fenn. Neos also performs many of Wesner’s repertory works, including “Spinning Plates,” “Various Principals,” “Norm and Cleo,” and more.

Wesner and his wife Brooke are moving to Jackson, Miss. from Ashland, Ohio. They have four daughters: Genevieve, Ella, Mekah, and Arowyn.


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