Sean Musselman began his ballet training in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of thirteen. At age fifteen he auditioned for George Balanchine’s prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City. He was awarded a complete Ford Foundation scholarship from the School of American Ballet and after turning sixteen moved to New York City to begin his ballet training at the school full time. Mr. Musselman remained at The School of American Ballet for the next four years where he had the rare opportunity to work under the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins of the Broadway classic West Side Story fame and with the Russian superstar Danseur Rudolph Nureyev. This particular ballet “Le Bourgeois Gentillhomme” produced by the New York City Opera was to become the only ballet George Balanchine ever choreographed on Rudolph Nureyev making it an historic and auspicious event. Mr. Musselman worked again with Nureyev in 1980 with the Boston Ballet for the “Nureyev and Friends” series in the ballet La Sylphide at the Uris theater on Broadway.
Mr. Musselman’s professional career included dancing with many greats of the ballet and opera world to include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Martins, Gelsey Kirkland, Suzanne Farrell, among others. He was a member of the Eglevsky Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella, The Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivit, The Chicago City Ballet as well as Chicago Lyric Opera under the direction of iconic American ballerina Maria Tallchief.
Some of his roles included a solo in the opera “Aida” starring the late opera great Luciano Pavarotti. Lead in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy and the lead in the Second theme of George Balanchines The Four Temperments with The Chicago City Ballet and again with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seatle Washington.
Returning to St. Petersburg, FL Mr. Musselman ran his own non-profit ballet school and small performing company for 15 years and guest taught in Russia, Spain, Costa Rica, and several colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay Area. Mr. Musselman also taught as an adjunct ballet instructor in the magnet program for the local school system.