Jeff Rogers Born in Virginia in a southern military family, Mr. Rogers began his early training at the age of nine in Germany under Maureen Gergun, a former Soloist from the Royal Ballet in London.
was also awarded full scholarships at the National Academy of Arts
formation in the Vaganova, Bournonville and Cecchetti techniques, working with such great teachers as Petrus Bosman, Georgina Parkinson and Valerie Taylor of the Royal Ballet and Francesca Corkle of the Joffrey Ballet.
Keeping a close connection with the English dance scene, Mr. Rogers
was given the rare honor in 1983, as a student, to take class with the Royal Ballet.
In 1984, he
was granted the Princess Grace Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence in dance
, cited for "Outstanding performing and dramatic quality in one so young".
has danced all the major Principal roles in the Classical repertoire from Albrecht to Siegfried and at the same time, he
has managed to take on all of the adjacent supporting roles in those very same ballets.
In doing so, he
developed a deep sense of stage craft and accumulated a strong following with audiences.
In this outstanding career, Mr. Rogers
also had the opportunity to perform as a Principal dancer in the best contemporary works by renowned choreographers.
has been coached and tutored by numerous dance personalities from around the world.
Well versed into the workings of a ballet company, Mr. Rogers was a Union Secretary for 1 year, a Contract Steward for 2 years and Union Captain for a record 11 years at Ballet West.
knowledge of contract issues is profound and his
understanding of the inner workings of a ballet company solid.
Jeffrey Rogers has taught for Ballet West, the University of Utah's Dance Department and for Virginia School of the Arts.
A guest artist for various productions, Mr. Rogers has focused his collaborations with Choreographer and Director René Daveluy, bringing to life the famous role of The Shoemaker in a successful new version of The Red Shoes to the original score by british composer Brian Easdale.
In the summer of 2005, Mr. Rogers taught a two week intensive Theatrical Fencing workshop for Juline • School of Dance and coached and rehearsed a new and unique work by René Daveluy entitled Fencing Concerto for Central West Ballet. .