Founding Director


Robin Sherertz Morgan

A native of San Diego, Ms. Morgan began her dancing career with the original San Diego Ballet under the guidance of Richard Carter and Nancy Johnson and later Jillana & Sonia Arova. In 1971, having been awarded a full Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, she trained under such notables as Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Muriel Stuart, Antonina Tumkovsky and Stanley Williams. Later she danced with New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, toured with Suki Schorer’s New York City Ballet Lecture Ensemble, and performed in the Virgin Islands with Helgi Tomasson and Kay Mazzo NYCB Troupe.

Returning to San Diego, Ms. Morgan developed her reputation first as a notable dancer and later as a teacher in many local studios. She served on the faculty of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Chula Vista, as an officer for the San Diego Dance Alliance, and Rehearsal Assistant for San Francisco Ballet’s San Diego productions of Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Morgan has choreographed dances for various theatre groups as well as network television including the NBC-TV movie “Jonathan, the Boy Nobody Wanted.” She gives masterclasses at studios, summer programs, universities, and was honored by the San Diego Area Dance Alliance for her leadership in the dance community.In 1989, she founded the San Diego School of Ballet developing talented dancers and presenting successful student performances.

San Diego Ballet was established in 1991 to provide graduating students the opportunity to remain in San Diego and work alongside other professional dancers who would prefer to reside in this beautiful city than be forced to look elsewhere to find jobs. Ms. Morgan teamed up with Javier Velasco as Co-Directors and the new San Diego Ballet is now known for its innovative and creative style.

 

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