Ramón Flowers is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts. He began his formal dance training on scholarship at the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet and later attended the School of American Ballet. Four years after joining the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, as its first African-American male dancer, he moved to Europe for 12 years as a principal ballet dancer. He spent seven years with the legendary, internationally renowned Maurice Béjart, performing in major cities in over 60 countries on every continent.
He later moved to Germany to dance with William Forsythe, director of the Frankfurt Ballet, and then to Madrid to work with choreographer Nacho Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza de España. He returned to North America to dance with Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where repertoire encompassed pieces by all the choreographers for whom he’d danced in Europe as well as the works of George Balanchine. He left Canada to return to his first love for dance, musical theater and was featured in several Broadway shows, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cats, The Lion King, The Green Bird, The Boy from Oz, and Hot Feet. He also appeared in Broadway national tours with Chita Rivera in The Dancer’s Life and in the original production of A Chorus Line in the role of Richie, as well as in commercials, film, and television. Ramon received his BA in French from the City College of New York, CUNY, and his MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.
Classes: Ballet Technique & Musical Theater Jazz
Photo by Sonja Clark, Moonbug Photography