Faculty

MITCH FLANDERS

Mr. Flanders began his training with the Atlanta Ballet and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  After graduation, he was invited to dance with the Eglevsky Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella.  There he danced leading roles in many Balanchine ballets including Serenade, Four Temperaments, Allegro Brillante and Swan Lake where he partnered  NYC Ballet principal dancer, Allegra Kent.  He later joined the Chicago City Ballet, directed by Maria Tallcheif.  While at CCB, he was a frequent partner of Suzanne Farrell, NYC Ballet Prima Ballerina.  He partnered Ms. Farrell in Cinderella as the prince in Paul Mejia’s acclaimed full length version.  He was also featured with Ms. Farrell in a PBS “Dance in America” series special Eight By Adler.  also, while in Chicago, he was featured guest dancer with the Lyric Opera in Chicago.  

Mr. Flanders has been a principal dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet, and worked as a guest artist throughout the U.S. touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland and in Europe performing in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Vienne and Tunis Tunisia.  He performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for five years sharing the stage with many of the world’s greatest singers including, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Mirella Freni and leading directors James Levine and Franco Zeffirelli.  His television credits include “Live at the Met” with the opera Aida, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Eugene Onegion”.

His teaching experience includes, The New Jersey Ballet School, New Dance Studio NYC, Providence Ballet, The Rock School in Philadephia PA, and ballet master for the The Ballet Rotaru of Atlanta and the Georgia Ballet.  he has served as the grant panelist for the Georgia Council for the Arts for three years and for the last 20 years has been the artistic director of the Griffin Ballet Theatre, owner of Studio D School of Dance and director of Festival Dance Camp at the University of Georgia.  As artistic director of GBT, he has created and staged many full length ballets such as Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Coppelia, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Armed Man, and Nutcracker.  The Griffin Ballet Theatre prides itself as being one of the top professional and pre-professional companies in Georgia.  His dancers have been accepted into the countries top dance schools such as American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, The Rock School, Joffery Ballet and Georgia Governor’s Honors Scholarship Programs.