Assistant Professor Lecturer – Calvin Kitten began his dance training at the California Ballet School in San Diego and furthered his training at the Tbilisi Choreographic Institute in Soviet Georgia and also at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Calvin was then invited to join the Joffrey Ballet, and danced with them, both in New York and Chicago, from 1991-2010.
During his 19 years with The Joffrey, Calvin performed works by Arpino, Balanchine, Massine, Cranko , Ashton, Tharp and Kudelka, dancing many principal and soloist roles including Apollo (Apollo), The Green Table (Profiteer), La Vivandiere Pas De Six, Les Patineurs (Boy in Blue), Les Presages, The Nutcracker (Snow Prince, Cavalier), Parade(Chinese Conjurer), Prodigal Son (Prodigal Son), Square Dance (Lead Couple), Romeo & Juilet (Mercutio),Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), Tarantella, and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux.
Calvin received two Ruth Page Awards for his 1997 performance of the Chinese Conjurer in The Joffrey’s reconstruction of Leonide Massine’s Parade and for his portrayal as the title character in George Balanchine’s Progidal Son. He has also been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and was named one of the “25 Dancers to Watch” in 2001. Calvin has been on the faculty at Chicago Ballet Arts, The Ruth Page Center of the Arts, California Ballet, Ballet West Academy, Regional Dance America, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance, among others. Calvin is one of a few repetiteurs entitled to reproduce Gerald Arpino’s works.
In the Department he teaches all levels of Technique, Men’s and Partnering classes, regularly directs the Graduate and the Senior Shows and in 2012-2013 will co-direct Ensemble.