Artistic Director of Dance (August 2018)
Terence Marling began his dance training at the age of six at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance under the direction of Larry Long. He spent twelve years at the Ruth Page School before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in 1994, then directed by Patricia Wilde.
In his nine seasons with PBT, Terence danced a variety of Balanchine ballets, all of the major classical works and participated in the creation of new works. He was promoted to soloist in 1999. Marling was also encouraged by Terrence Orr, then director of PBT, to begin choreographing. Mr. Orr commissioned two works from Terence. At PBT he worked with choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Ib Andersen, Dwight Rhoden and Kevin O’Day. Mr O’Day extended an invitation for Terence to join Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany.
While in Germany, Marling participated in the creation of eight full evenings of work over a two-year period. The works created included elements of improvisation and movement languages that extended far beyond the boundaries of ballet. The language of Marling’s choreography began to change with his dancing experience. He began to combine elements of classical technique with the idea that all human movement was, in fact, dance. In addition, Terence began to teach ballet to the company on a regular basis.
In search of a wider field of choreographic voices to dance, Terence joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2006. There he enjoyed dancing the work of Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Jorma Elo and Alejandro Cerrudo, among many others. While dancing with the company Terence was commissioned to create two works with Hubbard Street 2 and began teaching in the newly created summer intensives as well as teaching regular company class.
In 2010, Terence retired from dancing and became Rehearsal Director for Hubbard Street. In this role, he assisted with all new choreography and staged and rehearsed all existing repertoire. In addition, Terence traveled with the company on tour and placed all the work on stage in various houses all over the world. In 2013 Terence became director of Hubbard Street 2 where he commissioned new works from choreographers, created original programming and toured the company internationally. Terence was also commissioned three times to choreograph for the main company of Hubbard Street, including participating in “The Art of Falling”, Hubbard Street’s collaboration with The Second City.
In 2017, Terence moved into a freelance teaching, choreographing and staging career. This has included making choreography for Robert Moses’ Kin in San Francisco, working with the artists of Ryerson University in Toronto on choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo as well as teaching for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Visceral Dance Chicago, The Chicago High School for the Arts, and A&A Ballet. In addition to this, Terence has begun a private teaching and coaching schedule as well as choreographed several solos for audition or competitive purposes.
Terence is very happy to be joining the team at The School of Performing Arts as Artistic Director of Dance. He looks forward to inspiring the students toward being multi-faceted dancers with strong technique and ample creativity. As employed with professionals, he aims to encourage individuality and strong work ethic in order to facilitate the growth of each individual artist.