Joseph Wyatt

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Oregon Ballet Theatre
California Ballet: Guest (1986)

Photo by Jack Mitchell.
Joseph Wyatt, from the West Indies, trained in part in the dance department of State University of New York at Brockport. As a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, he was in the original DTH casts of Louis Johnson’s Wings (1974), Walter Raines’ After Corinth (1975), William Dollar’s Mendelssohn Concerto (1975), Marius Petipa’s Paquita (1980), and Domy Reiter-Soffer’s Equus: The Ballet (1982). He also performed leading roles in William Dollar’s The Combat and Michel Fokine’s Scheherazade. In 1975, The Chicago Tribune called Wyatt “a sleek, elegant man with great cheek bones [sic] and carriage” and The Daily Herald (Chicago) said that “Throughout the evening Joseph Wyatt kept a delicate lightness to his footwork which gave special grace to his performance.” Wyatt reached the rank of soloist with DTH, where he remained until 1982.
He then moved to Oregon with wife Elena Carter. The pair danced with Oregon Ballet and its earlier iterations—Ballet Oregon and Pacific Ballet Theatre—and taught at Jefferson High School of the Performing Arts while raising their daughter (Jessica Wyatt, who would go on to dance with Ballet Hispanico).
In 1986, Wyatt performed as a guest artist with California Ballet in Sleeping Beauty and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.

Later in his career, Wyatt became the director of the Pacific Ballet Theater School and then the Oregon Ballet Theatre School, where he is still on the faculty.







Photo via Longview Daily News, 1985.

Jack Mitchell: Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Joe Wyatt
Warm hug from (and for) a giant, Oregon Arts Watch
Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Washington Post
Repertory List: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Columbia University LibrariesStaff, Oregon Ballet Theatre School
Stars to lead Longview ‘Nutcracker’, Longview Daily News
Ballet to feature ‘The Moor’s Pavanne’ [sic], Times-Advocate
To be a Dancer, Democrat and Chronicle
Harlem dancers: Guided uniquity [sic], Chicago Tribune
Dance Theater of Harlem at Home on Broadway, The New York Times
Harlem’s winter pageantry, Daily News
Harlem’s Dance Theatre comes of age, The Daily Herald









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