Artistic Director, Instructor, Choreographer
Mr. Truitt is an internationally award winning choreographer, a Fulbright Specialist and recognized internationally as a teacher and choreographer. His work has been performed in the U.S., France, Japan, Italy, and across Russia in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk. Mr. Truitt took his dancers in July 2004 to perform in Russia, the trip was the subject of a documentary film "Dancing in Russian Air" which aired regionally on PBS. In June 2005 Mr. Truitt's ballet Kinetic Ties was awarded 1st place for best contemporary ballet and 2nd place for best overall choreography at the Grand Prix Italia International Dance Festival in Cesena Italy. Mr. Truitt has made six trips to Russia teaching and presenting his choreography in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, and Novosibirsk. Russia is his favorite place to teach and choreograph.
Mr. Truitt has an extensive and varied background in dance spanning over 40 years. He has performed principal and soloist roles in much of the classical canon including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Swan Lake, Raymonda (Pas de Dix), and the Nutcracker. He has also performed in the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, Daphnis and Chloe, Cheri, Orpheus, Graduation Ball and many others. Mr. Truitt has danced alongside such ballet greats as Eleanor D’Antuono, Wotek Lowski, Hans Meister, Keith Martin, Francesca Corkle, Niels Simonsen, Hilda Morales, Edward Meyers, and James Debolt. He has shared the stage with the famous Patrick Bissell and Leslie Brown, and has been in ballet class with such luminaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland. He was a principal soloist with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet Company, Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre, Omaha Ballet Theatre and has performed ballet and jazz dance professionally in feature films, television and the professional stage in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris. Mr. Truitt has also been a guest artist for various modern dance companies and has danced in the works of Bill Evans, Jose Limon, and others.
Mr. Truitt has choreographed professionally for the stage, film and television, for universities and various dance companies. Mr. Truitt was accepted as a Fulbright Specialist in 2002. In June 2003 he received a Fulbright grant to set his work Misguided Faith... on the Kannon Dance Company in St. Petersburg Russia, to teach at the Open look International Festival of Contemporary Dance, and to consult on the development of a new contemporary dance program in St. Petersburg, Russia.. Additionally Mr. Truitt took part in "Project Distancia", a teaching/performance tour that traveled from St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk. Mr. Truitt was the first non-Russian invited to participate with this project. He presented excerpts from his ballet Energy Unbound in Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk. His contemporary work, Misguided Faith... had its Russian premiere at the Krasnoyarsk Ballet Opera House and was performed at the gala of the Open Look International Festival of Contemporary Dance July 10, 2003 in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Truitt was invited by Nataly and Vadim Kasparov to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach a seminar in contemporary dance forms for teachers, choreographers and professional dancers in January 1999. The seminar was conducted with the support of the Administration of the Culture Committee of St. Petersburg as part of the Contemporary Choreography Development Program in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the fall of 1996 Mr. Truitt collaborated with Paris-based visual artist Lauren Unger on a series of performances integrating dance with the creation of visual art that took place in Los Angeles, Paris, and Moscow.
Mr. Truitt has taught workshops or master classes at the American College Dance Festival, the Northwest Drama Conference, the CSU Summer Arts Program, BYU Summer Dance Workshop, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Ballet Nebraska, the Eugene Ballet Company, the Tacoma City Ballet, the Central California Ballet Company, Ballet Lubbock, the Lone Star Ballet Company, South Mississippi Ballet Theatre, the WTAMU Summer Dance Camp, the Nebraska Association of Dance Teachers, and at many other schools around the U.S.
Mr. Truitt began his dance studies in Lincoln Nebraska with Karen McWilliams. He was awarded a dance scholarship at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he was a double major in theatre and dance for 3 years. He finished his BFA in Theatre/Dance at the University of Nebraska, Omaha while dancing professionally with the original Omaha Ballet under Katharyn Horne and Thomas Enckell. Former American Battle Theatre ballerina Katharyn Horne provided Mr. Truitt with a thorough schooling in the methodology of the greatest ballet master of all time Enrico Cecchetti. Ms. Horne was a devotee of Margaret Craske, Enrico Cecchetti’s only recognized teaching protégée, and Ms. Horne’s teaching is faithful to the pedagogy and spirit of Maestro Cecchetti.
Mr. Truitt cites the following people as most influential in his teaching style and/or to the development of his career; Karen McWilliams, Glenn White (former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet), Katharyn Horne (former principal ballerina with the the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre), Stanley Holden (former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet), Richard Croskey (Jazz Choreographer), and Jaime Rogers (Emmy nominated jazz
choreographer). And of course Mr. Truitt owes a great debt to Broadway Director/Choreographer/Playwright David H. Bell for dragging him to his first dance class with Karen McWilliams where Mr. Truitt was first exposed to and fell in love with the art of dance. Mr. Truitt’s ballet technique class employs an anatomically sound approach with liberal use of imagery to aid the dancers’ conceptual grasp of the assigned task. His ballet class phrasing emphasizes weight change, energy flow, strong use of dynamics, and sound placement. Mr. Truitt’s jazz techniques classes are based heavily in the work of Luigi, Giordano, and Fosse with a definite grounded earthy quality.
Mr. Truitt’s students have gone on to dance professionally on every continent except Antarctica. They have performed with Ballet West, Sarasota Ballet, Austin Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Nebraska, Luminario Contemporary Ballet of Los Angeles, Texas Dance Theatre, Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre, Silesian Dance Theatre (Bytom Poland), Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Battery Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Urban Souls, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Utah Regional Ballet Company, Dairakudakan Butoh Company, Keith Johnson and Dancers, Streb, Clancyworks, Joe Goode Performance Group, Sean Curran, RED, Nannette Brodie Dance Company, Alluvian Dance Chicago, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, 2002 Winter Cultural Olympic Games, various Broadway Touring productions, films, multiple cruise lines, Tokyo Disney, and various other professional entertainment venues.
Mr. Truitt holds his masters’ degree in dance from the University of Oregon. He is currently Associate Professor at West Texas A&M University (former Director of Dance) and formerly served as Artistic Director of the Lone Star Ballet Company. Mr. Truitt has also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah Ballet Department, an Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University, taught at California State University-Fresno, co-directed Brigham Young University Ballet Theatre, and was a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon.
Mr. Truitt took up the study of Yoga seriously in 2010 and received two certifications from Corepower Yoga, 100hrs in 2013 and 200RYT certification in 2014. Mr. Truitt’s yoga class focuses on power vinyasa yoga, connecting breath with movement and intention. Mr. Truitt has also performed as an actor in many productions and is a current member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and formerly with the American Guild of Variety Artists. He is currently a member of Counseil International de la Danse, CORPS de Ballet International, Phi Beta Delta (honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education), National Association of Schools of Dance and the American College Dance Festival Association. Mr. Truitt was selected for Marquis’ Who’s Who In America 2010.