Connor Weigand grew up dancing at The Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While at the Rock, Connor performed with the company as Fritz and The Prince in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. At the Rock, Connor also had the opportunity to perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in Casey At The Bat, playing the lead child. For high school Connor attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of The Performing Arts under the direction of David Kloss. While in high school, Connor performed with the dance company Dance Fusion run by Suzy Zucker. While dancing for Fusion, Connor was able to travel the country performing at such venues as NCAA March Madness, Major League Baseballs All-Star Game, and for the NHL. After finishing high school, Connor joined the first national tour of The Music Man playing the part of Tommy Djilas.
After touring in the musical theater world, Connor wanted to get back to his ballet roots by attended Marymount Manhattan College’s dance program under the direction of Katie Langan. After only one year in the program Connor was offered a contract with The Scappino Ballet of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
After four years in Rotterdam, Connor returned state-side and joined The Chase Brock Experience. Connor danced four seasons with the company and received great reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice and Variety. While with the company, Connor also toured with The Radio City Rockettes for four seasons in The Christmas Spectacular. Recently, Connor has had the opportunity to help create the new Wii game Dance On Broadway, a new interactive dance game and best seller.
Connor has also had the opportunity to be associate choreographer for Hasbro games Twister Moves promotional tours working with Nick and Aaron Carter and Nick Cannon. Connor has also produced Project 108, a small showing of his and fellow choreographers work in NYC.
Connor has been on faculty at New Dance Group in Manhattan and has subbed at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Dance New Amsterdam. He has also taught master classes all over North America and Europe. Connor’s students have gone on to The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan, Fordham’s Ailey Program, Oklahoma City University, Butler, Lines Ballet and are dancing on Broadway and in companies such as American Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Chicago, Rochester Ballet, and San Fransisco Ballet.
Recently, Connor was one of 20 teachers and directors chosen to attend School of American Ballet’s national teacher’s weekend.
From 2012-2017, Connor took the helm at Allegheny Ballet Company leading the company at both an artistic and administrative level. As Artistic Director, Connor built a premier summer ballet program bringing dancers from across the country and offering training and choreography from The Balanchine Trust. For three years, dancers were able to learn some of George Balanchine’s classics such as Serenade and Who Cares.
While at Allegheny Ballet (ABC), Connor has sent dancers to prestigious summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street, among others. Connor has also choreographed multiple new ballets for the company including the fan favorite Fantastic Mr. Fox with full support from the Ronald Dahl Foundation. At ABC, Connor took the program to new heights and helped bring it back to the public in Altoona, PA, helping to rebrand the ballet company by creating a new logo and marketing campaign, bringing in new donors, and reinvigorating old connections. During Connor’s tenure the company found and refurbished an historic building and helped to revitalize downtown, with the strong belief that industry follows art.
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