Boston Ballet II
Born ca. 1973, dancer Roger Cunningham is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and studied under Sylvester Campbell at the Baltimore School for the Arts, graduating in 1990. Cunningham left the school at age 16 to join Boston Ballet II, where he performed in Rebecca Kelly’s Maile’s Dream and Bonnie Scheibman’s La Journee, among other productions. Despite being told by the artistic director that he would never be hired by the main company, Cunningham was determined to “prove him wrong.” And that he did, eventually becoming a soloist and dancing leading roles with the company including those in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Le Lac des Cygnes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet.
He also appeared in the 2000 film Maurice Béjart’s Nutcracker, performing as a Spanish dancer.In addition to serving as a guest teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, Cunningham also established the Cunningham International Dance Center and is currently the director.
Cunningham is cousin to Askia Swift, and the two attended Baltimore School for the Arts concurrently.
The director, Cunningham International Dance Center
Roger Cunningham, IMDB
Swift, moving steadily to the fore Dancer: In constant motion, a talented Baltimore native builds a flourishing career with the San Francisco Ballet, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore School of the Arts Alumni Surprised Retiring Director Norma Pera With a Special Tribute Performance, Dance Teacher
Roger Cunningham, Jacob’s Pillow Dance
Does Classicism Have a Color?, Dance Magazine
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