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Instructors and Visiting Guest Artists

Trudi Angel is the Artistic Director for Northern California Ballet. She danced with the Munich State Opera-Ballet Company (now the Bavarian National Ballet) and the Los Angeles Ballet. For the last twenty years she has been continuously growing and improving Northern California Ballet. During that time she has choreographed numerous full length classical ballets and has brought them to several northern California communities.

Tom Barber began taking ballet classes at Florida State University.  Shortly thereafter he received a scholarship to study at the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts under the generous guidance of Charles Hagain, Natalia Botha and  Gwynne Ashton.  Tom has since danced with Southern Ballet Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Ballet Memphis. Enjoying traveling opportunities, he has been fortunate to perform in his off-season summers with Boca Ballet Theatre and Pas de View in Florida, Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut, Artisan Dance Theatre in Montana and Chautauqua Dance Company in New York. He has also been a performer on Cruise ships.  Currently he is teaching and performing in the Florida area.  He is also a frequent guest artist for Northern California Ballet.

Leslie Crockett received her formative ballet training from her parents, Barbara and Deane Crockett, early members of the San Francisco Ballet Company. Subsequently, she studied on full scholarship with Robert Barnett of the Atlanta Ballet, William Christensen of Ballet West, Alan Howard of Pacific Ballet and Lew Harold and Ruby Christensen of the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Crockett was a principal dancer with the Sacramento and Pacific Ballet, and soloist with San Francisco Ballet. She spent 13 years as a faculty member of the San Francisco Ballet School and is currently teaching at Marin Ballet in San Rafael.

Leslie DeWitt is NCB's instructor for Pre-Ballet.  Ms. DeWitt holds a California Teaching Credential and specializes as an instructor for the very young in musical and rhythmic movement.

Richard Gibson is a former member of the Joffrey Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. He received his training from Olga Ziceva, Guillermo Del Oro, and at the San Francisco Ballet. He later studied with Robert Joffrey, Valentina Perjaslavic, and at the School of American Ballet. He served as Director for the Royal Conservatory in Hague and as Ballet master and company teacher for the Nederlands Dans Theatre. He later became Company Teacher and Principle Teacher for the Joffrey Ballet and Joffrey School. He has been guest teacher for the Eliot Feld Ballet, Harkness Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, National Ballet of Canada, and the Batsheva and Bat Dor Dance Companies of Israel.

Solange Gomes was born in Sáo Paulo, Brazil, where she received her fine arts training. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy and then went on to study several contemporary dance techniques. Since 1990 she has focused entirely on Flamenco. She danced with and choreographed for the Christiane Boulhosa y Albán Flamenco. She has also danced with the Alma Flamenca Dance Company. She is currently artistic director and choreographer for Pasión Flamenca and is on the faculty of the Ballet West Conservatory.

Matthew Hope grew up in Boise Idaho  where he started dancing at the American Festival Ballet, now Ballet Idaho.  He also received training at Hubbard Street.  Matt has performed works by many notable choreographers including David Parsons, Daniel Ezralow, Twyla Tharp, James Kudelka and Lynn Taylor Corbett.  For the past ten years Matt has worked for Ballet Idaho / Eugene Ballet as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  In 2003 and 2004 Matt was the Children’s Rehearsal Director for Ballet Idaho’s production of The Nutcracker working with over 150 children.  He was also the Artist in Residence at Ballet Idaho teaching their Learning through Dance program at many different Idaho public schools.  As a choreographer, Matt has created works for Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, Drop Dance Collective, Balance Dance Company and for many other organizations.  In 2004 he received a Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts for his contribution as an artist.  He currently lives in Portland Oregon where he performs with the modern dance company BodyVox and teaches Ballet and Modern throughout the Portland area.

Bruce L. King has enjoyed a long association with Northern California Ballet (NCB as a Ballet Master, choreographer, and principal character artist.  A Los Angeles Native, he studied with Tatiana Riabouchinska, Eugene Loring, and Mlada Mladova.  His ballet career has spanned over 40 years dancing principal and soloist roles in most of the classical repertoire.  In 1992 Mr. King retired from the rigors of dancing and devoted himself to teaching and choreography.  As a dance educator, Mr. King is strongly influenced by the French system of ballet pedagogy.  He specializes in teaching very young children. For NCB, King has staged two full length world premiere ballets: Heidi in 2000 and A Christmas Carol in 2002.  In the spring of 2007, he co-choreographed Dracula with NCB’s artistic director, Trudi Angel.  As a character dancer, Mr. King has performed numerous roles including Herr Drossyelmyer in The Nutcracker, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Von Rothbartin Swan Lake, Dr. Van-Helsing in Dracula, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and the title role in Don Quixote.  Not only is Mr. fluent in classical ballet he is also a fencing master and stage sword fighting specialist with over 100 productions to his credit.  Professor King holds many degrees and honors including a M.F.A. and M.A. degrees in Theater Arts.

Jennifer Amy-Cordero is a principle dancer with Eugene Ballet Company/Ballet Idaho. A native of Long Beach, CA, she trained under the direction of Patricia Stander and David Wilcox at the Long Beach Ballet Arts Center. She has performed with Long Beach Ballet, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Francisco Martinez Dance Theater, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Montana Ballet. The Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho has featured Ms. Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rancher's Daughter in "Rodeo," Odile in "Swan Lake ", Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella," and in Toni Pimble's "Still Falls the Rain," and "Rhapsody in Blue."

William Hoppe Trained at Harid Conservatory, Florida.  Upon graduation was accepted at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.  He then joined Ohio Ballet for 5years.  He has also performed with Richmond Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theater and Boca Ballet. He is currently under contract to Dayton Ballet where he performs and teaches.

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