Richard Bowman • Principal Guest Artist • Ballet Master • Coach  •


1-22-2018 Richard Bowman, An internationally acclaimed master teacher, coach and répétiteur has been named Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Ballet. His appointment is effective as of January 8, 2018.

"Richard Bowman will be a fantastic addition to Napa Valley Ballet and will complete our transition from a dance studio to a dance education program." says Board Chairman Christopher Ott.


Richard Bowman will oversee all students and faculty in the open-enrollment program. The academy follows a specific curriculum, divided by age.


Richard Bowman, an acclaimed international ballet master, coach and répétiteur with dance organizations throughout the world. He was born and trained in Auckland, New Zealand. At 16 was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to complete his training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England.

Richard Bowman has performed with many world-renown ballet companies as a guest and principal artist including, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Australian Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to being the recipient of the 1987 Sir John Logan Campbell Award, New Zealand’s highest ballet award. 

Richard Bowman noted throughout his career not only for his physique and technical brilliance but also his ability to capture audiences with ease. In 2012, Richard Bowman was appointed a member of American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum’s Artistic Board of Examiners & Instructors. Shortly after that, he became a senior faculty member at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in NYC. In 2015, Alexei Ratmansky appointed Richard Bowman Children’s Ballet Master for his reconstruction of ABT’s new Sleeping Beauty.

In addition to the Youth America Grand Prix, Richard Bowman also serves as a judge and master teacher for many other international ballet competitions.


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