Randall Marks - Artistic Director
Raised in Philadelphia, Randall Marks began training at Tidewater Ballet with Susan Boree, Irtha Kitt, Edward Villela, Gene Hammet, Pat Sorell and Robert Steele. His natural talent was featured in Graduation Ball, Concerto Borrocco, Spanish Rhythms, Don Q Pas De Deux, and Copellia.
Mr. Marks then studied with Joffrey Ballet, Washington Ballet and accepted an apprenticeship with Pennsylvania Ballet where he trained with Lupe Serano and Benjamin Harkave. As soloist with Ballets Elan and then Principal with Atlantic City Ballet his distinctive grace was acclaimed in notable performances of the Green Boy in Les Patineurs, the Prince in Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival Pas de Deux, and Stuart Hodes’ Abyss.
Mr. Marks was invited to dance at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and with Finis Jung’s Chamber Ballet USA in New York City. As principal dancer with Ballet Austin, Dance Magazine described him as “a cocky young Gene Kelly, hoofing his heart out.” Featured roles included Allegro Brillante, The Fairy’s Kiss, Rhythmetron, Triangles, House of Bernarda Alba and Promises.
He toured internationally with New York City’s Dennis Wayne’s Dance Company then accepted a position with New York City Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and guest starred with Connecticut Ballet Theater and Garden State Ballet.
After several invitations, Mr. Marks returned to Ballet Austin in ballets including Other Tangos, and Elektra. Eager to expand his versatility in dance styles and looking for a choreographic outlet, Mr. Marks accepted the position of resident choreographer/principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company working with Deirdre Strand and Acia Gray. His Stepping Over the Line and A Tango Perhaps were received with high reviews as was his Toward the Within for Austin Contemporary Ballet which gained him an invitation to guest direct the last half of ACB’s final season, expanding on his first piece and creating a new lively piece, Mr. Jones and Friends.
Joining forces with (now wife) Jeanne Marie, he began a partnership that has taken him across the country and on board some of the finest six-star cruise ships performing many of the classic pas de deux. His dancing has taken him to over 62 countries and has always sparked excitement in audiences.
Sought after by many schools in the Austin and Central Texas Region, Mr. Marks divided his time as director of ballet at the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, training at several studios, judging for many competitions including the American Ballet Competition and teaching throughout the United States in such places as Richmond Ballet, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, New York, Washington State and the Joffrey summer program.
Gaining a respected reputation and talent in teaching, Mr. Marks is now recognized as an experienced, knowledgeable, and formidable teacher.