Artistic Staff

Ted Sothern | Artistic Director

IMG_0165After the successes of Cinderella, Neverland, and the perennial audience favorite Nutcracker, Ted is looking forward to his fifth exciting year directing RDC.  Prior to working with RDC, he had the pleasure to direct the company and students of St. Paul City Ballet for 8 years.  Among the full length story ballets he has successfully helped in staging and choreographing are Coppelia, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. His biggest success has been in turning the one act ballet La Boutique Fantasque into a full length holiday ballet called The Fantastic Toyshop, seen by nearly sold out audiences since 2009. He began his 30 year performing career with Minnesota Dance Theater and went on to dance Principal roles with North Carolina Dance Theater, American Rep. Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Les Ballets Grandiva, with whom he toured throughout Japan performing classic and comedic ballets. He also had the chance to perform at the Olympic Arts Festival in Seoul, Korea while a soloist with Washington Ballet. He has danced the lead roles in most of the full length Classical ballets and has been a guest artist with numerous local and national companies. Having been on faculty at the schools of MDT, Princeton Ballet and SPCB has given him many years of experience teaching ballet to students of all ages. He has also been a guest teacher at Louisville Ballet, Mid Atlantic Ballet and Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka.   You will see him reprising the role of Dr. Drosselmeyer in Nutcracker for the seventh year.

Barry Leon | Ballet Master

Barry Head ShotOriginally from Buffalo, NY Barry began his training with Frank Bourman and went on to study at the School of American Ballet and the Harkness Ballet School.  He was a principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Feld Ballets of New York, North Carolina Dance Theater and American repertory Ballet in addition to numerous guest appearances.  Barry is in his 30th year as a teacher and coach and has taught for Philadanco, Buffalo Ballet Theater, North Carolina Dance Theater, Chautauqua Dance Co., Princeton Ballet School, Louisville Ballet and since 1998 has been a leading teacher at Minnesota Dance Theater.  He has also been teaching the top level ballet curriculum at the U of M for the last 9 years.  He was the founding Artistic Director of Buffalo Ballet Theater from 1979-91 and the recipient of a choreographic grant from the NY State Council of the Arts.  He has choreographed numerous ballets and served as Ballet Master for Charleston Ballet Theater and TC Metropolitan Ballet. In 2001 he was inducted into the NY State Dance Hall of Fame.  Mr. Leon’s repertory includes many Balanchine ballets as well as the major classical ballets.