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Howard W (Bill) Lark
I started studying and performing with Dean and Barbara Crockett who founded the Sacramento Ballet during my last year in high school. I had been studing theater and performing with Elissa Sharee and Al Sharee at the Theater Studio Playhouse prior to that since I was 8 years old.
My professional career started with the Joffery Ballet. I then went into the miltary for 2 years reserve and 4 active duty. I was a Sentry Dog Handler during the Vietnam war. I then returned to dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada where I became a Principal Dancer. First Chamber Dance company in Seattle, Washington and then with the Ballet Du Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland. I have also taught ballet for many years with the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China as their Master Ballet Teacher and created many ballets for the students there. After my first two years teaching there, I was given an Honorary Professorship. I then returned to the U.S.
I have performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Mexico, Central and South America, Cuba, Europe, Russia, and China. My Audiences have inculded numerious dignitaries, among them President and Mrs. Ford, Premier Trudeau of Canada, President Fidel Castro of Cuba, Ding Chiao-Ping of China, and the King and Queen of Belgium and two Presidents of Argentinia.
During my career I have been very fortunate to have had the honor to work with many of the dance greats. To name a few, Agnes De Mille, Sir Robert Helpmann, Serge Lifar, Leonide Massine, Alan Howard, Kurt Joss, Eugen Slavin, Brian MacDonald, Arnold Sphor, Hector Zaraspe, Madame Bogomolova, Frank Bourman, Hilary Cartwright, Oscar Araiz, Mats EK, Walter Gore Benjamin Harkarvy, Toer Van Schayk, Rudi Van Dantzig, Michael Smuin, John Neumier, Jiri Kylian, Norbert Vesak, John Butler, Christopher Bruce, George Balanchine, and many other choreographers and teachers.
My work has been recognized in such publications as Max Wyman's "The Royal Winnipeg Ballet:The First 40 Years", "Who's Who in America:, "Who's Who in the World", "Dance World", "Carnets de Danse", And "Tango" (Two books on Oscar Araiz), "Dancing Thru Time-The First Fifty Years of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet" by Christopher Dafoe, "An Instinct for Success-Arnold Sphor and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet" by Michel Crabb, le Grand Livre de la Danse by Serge Lido. As well as many newspapers and magazines.
I am fluent in both French and English. I also speak a little Mandarin Chinese.
I also have worked since 1971 as a Master Guest Teacher, Dancer, Ballet Master, Choreographer with numerous companies and schools, both National and International.
I am currently a Master Guest Teacher/Choreographer.
I now have a German Sheperd named Oso and he is my constant companion. What a joy he is for me.
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