Mark A. Roxey
Mark Roxey, Voted # 1 Move & Shaker in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, is the Executive and Artistic Director of Roxey Ballet, Board President of Dance New Jersey and recipient of numerous arts and humanities awards. He began his formal training at The Joffrey Ballet in New York City where he was awarded a full scholarship and later graduated first in 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 continued to perform as a Principal Dancer with American Repertory Ballet and Dayton Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre, 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, and Augusta Bourniville. He has appeared as a Principal Guest Artist in companies around the world with his partner and wife, Melissa Roxey and has performed in 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.
Since becoming co-founder and Artistic Director of Roxey Ballet and Associate Director of The Mill Ballet School he has choreographed full-length ballets including: "The Nutcracker," "Dracula," "Pied Piper of Hamelin," "Peter and the Wolf," "Carnival of the Animals," "Mowgli," "Graduation Ball," "Celebrating Diversity," "Othello," “JLS,” "Carmina Burana", "Carmen, and "Cinderella."
Over his career, Mark Roxey has created over 60 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," "Love in Motion," "Buble," “Time Square Goodbye,” and "Artillery Man."
He has served on the faculty of public and private schools including: Princeton Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Wright State University, Trotwood Madison City Schools, Northeast Youth Ballet, and Raritan Valley Community College.
Mr. Roxey served as dance program coordinator for the Hunterdon County Teen Arts Dance Festival, YMCA and adjudicates for the State Teen Arts Festival.
As a person with a disability, Mark (and Melissa) founded and directed the dance and choreography Arts Access Program at Metheny Medical Center in Peapack, New Jersey designing, staffing, and fulfilling a unique arts training program for persons with severe disabilities, working alongside disabled artists creating an avenue for them to actively participate in the creative process 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 to include people of all abilities with differing viewpoints, experiences, and resources in both the training, exhibition, staffing and artists’ aspects of the organization.
Mark Roxey, the Board President of Dance New Jersey, understands the success of the dance community, as a whole, can only succeed by working together.
He is an active member of Dance USA, IPAY, APAP, Arts Presenters, and the national Arts Access Task Force. He has presented workshops representing seated and special needs dancers at VSA Kennedy Center, Dance USA, and Dance NJ.
Previously, Mr. Roxey has served on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA as managers’ council chair and program committee chair and the ADA Committee for Dance New Jersey.
With his wife, Melissa, Mark created youth ballet company that became a world-class professional dance organization with a major east coast impact. He is married to his partner of over 26 years, Melissa Roxey, and is the proud father of his two beautiful children, Mirabel and Benjamin Roxey.