Jeff Hughes was born in Alameda, California, where he started dancing at the age of six. His first two teachers were Vern Nerden and Madame Alexandria Baldina from the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Russia and Ballet Russe circa Nijinsky and Pavlova. As a youngster he was a member of Oakland Metropolitan Ballet and was a guest artist with several companies in Northern California.
Mr. Hughes is in his tenth season as artistic director for Tucson Regional Ballet. He has worked as artistic director of Ohio Ballet, interim director and then rehearsal director for Hong Kong Ballet, associate director/ballet master with Ballet de Monterrey, ballet master for Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, artistic director for Atlanta Ballet’s outreach program, and founder of his own educational performing group Ballet Atlantis.
Over a twenty-two year professional career as a dancer, he danced principal roles with Joffrey II, Joffrey Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Mr. Hughes had a vast repertoire of roles. Listed among some of his favorites were the Moor in Jose Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson, Franz in Coppelia, Balanchine’s Tarantella, pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, one of the two male leads in Lander’s Etudes, Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose, Prince Igor, and Les Sylphides, and danced sur la pointe as Bottom in Ashton’s The Dream and as Widow Simone in Spoerli’s La Fille Mal Gardée. He danced in ballets by such choreographers as Ailey, Ashton, Bournonville, Cranko, Nureyev, Robbins, Schaufuss, Tharp, Tudor, and Watts, to mention just a few. Mr. Hughes was privileged to be in Robert Joffrey’s Remembrances, enjoyed dancing in many of Gerald Arpino’s ballets, and danced and created many roles in Dennis Nahat’s ballets.
Over the past twenty-nine years Mr. Hughes has choreographed over sixty ballets. His ballets have been performed in the U.S., Asia, Mexico, and South Africa. He has been on the faculty of Hong Kong Academy for the Arts, San Francisco Dance Center and New York Academy of Ballet, among others. Mr. Hughes’ summer teaching credits include having taught and choreographed at the Joffrey Workshop Texas in 2007 and 2008, and at the prestigious Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet in New York during the summers of 2014-2016. He also taught at Orlando Ballet School during the summers of 2015-2017. In 2017, Mr. Hughes returned to Hong Kong as a judge for the Star of Canaan International Dance Competition and has been invited back for summer 2019.
Mr. Hughes won Emerging Choreographer Award at 1995 Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival and a Choreographer award at Tao Li Bei Competition in China in 1997. He performed in Soviet Russia with the Joffrey Ballet and Communist China with London Festival Ballet.
Mr. Hughes is Co-Artistic Directos of Tucson Regional Ballet and on staff as an instructor at Academy of Ballet.
Pamela Reyman-Hughes is in her tenth season with Tucson Regional Ballet. Born in New York City, she began her dance training at the age of fifteen. She trained with Istvan Rabovsky and at the American Ballet Theatre School with Valentina Pereyslavic, Olga Merinowa, and Patricia Wilde.
In 1977 she began her professional career with Dennis Wayne’s Dancers in NYC. Over the course of her twenty-two year performing career she also danced as a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Ohio Ballet as well as performing as a guest artist with small companies in the United States. An artist recognized for her versatility, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has danced a range of roles, including Tzarina, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Dying Swan, Giselle, Juliet, Lizzie Borden in deMilles’s Fall River Legend, Emilia in Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, the Partisan in Jooss’ The Green Table, The Woman in His Past in Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother in Holder’s Cinderella. She danced principal roles in an extensive Balanchine repertoire including Tarantella, Square Dance, Minkus Pas de Trois, Agon, Apollo, Serenade, and Nutcracker. Ms. Reyman-Hughes has also performed in works by Butler, Van Dantzig, Lubovitch, Byrd, Arpino, Flindt, Fokine, Massine, Nault and many others, including her husband Jeff Hughes. In 1990, she performed in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival in Flindt’s The Overcoat with Rudolf Nureyev. As a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, she had roles created for her by Dennis Nahat in many of his ballets. She has also participated as a dancer in New Steps, a choreographic workshop in Ohio and in Festival of Life, a benefit for children and adults with AIDS in Atlanta.
Ms. Reyman-Hughes was ballet mistress for Ohio Ballet, interim ballet mistress for Hong Kong Ballet, and was on the staff of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. She has guest taught throughout the U.S. and has choreographed two chamber ballets that have been performed in Ohio and Switzerland. Locally, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has taught at Ballet Arts in Tucson and briefly worked as a part-time ballet mistress for Ballet Tucson. She has also choreographed a number of ballets for Academy of Ballet and Tucson Regional Ballet. For the summers of 2015-2017, she was a guest teacher for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive. She is a certified Gyrotonic® Expansion System Level I Instructor. Ms. Reyman-Hughes is grateful to the many teachers who have inspired her throughout her career and would especially like to thank Maggie Black and Alonzo King.
Alexis Salmen began her dance training at the Academy of Ballet at the age of seven where she studied tap, jazz and continues to study ballet. She has been accepted to Long Beach Ballet Arts Center with partial tuition scholarship and State Street Ballet summer programs. She performed with Tucson Regional Ballet for six seasons and attended five Regional Dance America Festivals. Ms. Salmen is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a ballet instructor and works in a supervisor position at Agero Inc.
Geri Salmen began her dance training at the age of fifteen. She studied with Zuleka’s School of Belly Dance, Fritschy’s Dance Academy, and Academy of Ballet, where she has performed in annual school recitals. She has performed in Tucson Regional Ballet’s production of A Southwest Nutcracker since its inception and is currently the TRB’s Wardrobe Director. It was in the fall of 2002, when Ms. Salmen began working as a teaching assistant with the younger children, that her natural abilities as an instructor were revealed. This revelation led to an invitation to be on staff at Academy of Ballet as an instructor.
Aaron Smith received his BS in Dance from Wayne State University. He has danced for Ron De Jesús Dance and performed at The Joyce Soho, Chicago Auditorium Theatre and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Smith has performed original works by Dwight Rhoden, Sonya Tayeh, Larry Keigwin, Janis Brenner, Nicholas Leichter, Ray Mercer and Miguel Perez. He has created original works for institutions that include Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, University of Arizona, Dance Kaleidoscope, Island Moving Company, Visceral Dance Chicago and Denver School of the Arts. His choreography was presented at American College Dance Association and International Association of Blacks in Dance conferences. Mr. Smith went on to receive his MFA in Dance at the University of Arizona, where he received the School of Dance 2017 Graduate Creative Achievement Award. He has instructed the graduate research course Critical Issues in Dance, taught jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance technique, and worked as a teaching assistant. He finds the ability to support, inspire and instill professionalism in the next generation of dancers the most rewarding part of teaching. Mr. Smith is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a jazz instructor.
Victoria Snapp discovered her passion for dance at a very young age when performing her first solo at age six. She has trained in a variety of genres which include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Her tap accomplishments include a National Title Soloist at KAR Dance, along with national titles in contemporary and lyrical. Along with numerous intensive dance training experiences, Ms. Snapp was awarded a Joffrey Ballet scholarship which gave her the opportunity to extend her ballet and contemporary training in Los Angeles. She has worked with Gregg Russell and Ryan Lohoff (masters of tap) through Tap in the Network and is a scholarship recipient. She was also a member of the Catalina High School Pomline, BC Dance Team and Dance Force 1 Elite Team. Ms. Snapp’s vocal training led her to theatrical leading roles in Big, Fame, All Shook Up, and Princess and the Pea. She is attending the University of Arizona Honors College with a major in Physiology and a minor in Dance. She plans on continuing to perform but also finds it rewarding to teach young dancers and watch them grow to become technically accomplished and as they develop their passion for this fine art. Ms. Snapp is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a tap instructor.