Mark A. Roxey
Mr. Roxey, Voted # 1 Move & Shaker in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, is the recipient of numerous arts and humanities awards and began his formal training at The Joffrey Ballet in New York City, to which he was awarded a full scholarship and later graduated at the top of his class. He went on to dance professionally with Joffrey Ballet Concert Company under the direction of Edith A'ddario, Joffrey Ballet II under the direction of Gage Bush and Richard England, and The Joffrey Ballet under the direction of the late Robert Joffrey. He then joined American Repertory Ballet and Dayton Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Dermote Burke and Marjorie Mussman.
Mr. Roxey has performed in works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, John Cranko, John Butler, Maurice Petipa, Augusta Bourniville, and many others. He has appeared as a principal guest artist around the world with his partner and wife, Melissa Roxey. He has also performed for more than 200 national and regional companies including Eglevsky Ballet, Septime Webre Dance, Gainsville Ballet Theater, and The North Star Dance Theatre. Mr. Roxey has won critical acclaim as a performer from dance critics around the world. He has served on the faculty of public and private schools around the country, including Princeton Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Wright State University, Trotwood Madison City Schools, Northeast Youth Ballet, and most recently, Raritan Valley Community College.
Since becoming founder and director of Roxey Ballet and associate director of The Mill Ballet School, Mr. Roxey has choreographed the company's full-length ballets, which include "The Nutcracker," "Dracula," "Pied Piper of Hamelin," "Peter and the Wolf," "Carnival of the Animals," "Mowgli," "Graduation Ball," "Celebrating Diversity," "Othello," “JLS,” and "Carmen, and "Cinderella." Roxey has created an impressive list of more than 50 repertory works including "La Baleine Blanche," "Women and Children to the Left," "Write Between the Lines," "Palace of Mirrors," "Temptation," "Appreciation," "Inside the Out," "In Excess of Four," "MLK," "Celebrating Diversity," "Love in Motion," "Buble," “Time Square Goodbye,” and "Artillery Man."
Mr. Roxey has served as dance program coordinator for the Hunterdon County Teen Arts Dance Festival YMCA and adjudicates for the State Teen Arts Festival and other festivals around the country. He has also served as the dance director of Matheny's School's "Arts Access Program" for more than a decade. In 2006 Mr. Roxey was honored by VSA New Jersey with the New Jersey Governor's Award, the highest honor in New Jersey that recognizes the outstanding creative achievement of art educators and leaders. He continues to develop artistic and creative opportunities for the dance community.
Mark has made regular appearances at universities and colleges around the country and served as an adjunct professor of dance at Raritan Valley Community College and Wright State University. He has created, directed, and taught in programs for organizations such as Educational Services Commission, Matheny 's Medical and Educational Center, Fellowship Farm, Crotchet Mountain, Montclair University, and NJPAC Hunterdon Developmental Center, among others. He is also an active member of Dance NJ, Dance USA, IPAY, APAP, Arts Presenters, and the national Arts Access Task Force.
Mr. Roxey has served on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA as managers’ council chair and program committee chair. He has choreographed for the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and Singing City Chorus and Westchester University. Mr. Roxey is a current board member of Dance New Jersey and serves on the ADA committee. He developed Roxey Ballet from a youth ballet organization to a world-class professional dance organization with a major east coast impact. He is married to his partner of over 20 years, Melissa Roxey, and is the proud father of his two beautiful children, Mirabel and Benjamin Roxey.