The Roxey Ballet is excited to announce the debut of "Mowgli", a full-length ballet based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Story.

A unique offering for children and families in the region, the hour-long whimsical production tells the story of Mowgli's love of the jungle and ultimate return to the Man Village. Featuring original music by Milan Svoboda, original choreography by creator and artistic director Mark Roxey, and original costumes by Alicia Worden, "Mowgli" is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Performances are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014. Tickets range in price from $38 - 50 and are available online at

About Milan Svoboda

Milan Svoboda is one of the leading personalities on the Czech musical scene. He gained international renown as a jazz pianist and band leader. His composing and conducting skills span a wide range of styles, including modern jazz, musicals, film, theater and contemporary classical music. Milan Svoboda was born in 1951 in Prague. He graduated from the organ class at the Prague Conservatory, studied musicology at Charles' University in Prague and composition at the Prague Academy of Music and at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. In 1974 he founded his first jazz orchestra, the PRAGUE BIG BAND, which made a name for itself in the history of both Czech and European jazz. As a conductor and arranger Svoboda later led the combined Czech/Polish Big Band, which featured the finest soloists of both nations. In 90´th he led succesful young jazz orchestra CONTRABAND. He currently conducts again a creative Milan Svoboda Jazz Orchestra - Prague Big Band and his own Milan Svoboda Quartet. Svoboda has performed throughout Europe as well as overseas with his big bands, his quartet, his duo and as a soloist, he played at numerous jazz festivals and has an extensive discography to his credit (28 albums). He worked with many important jazz figures, including James Moody, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Lakatos, Aaron Scott, Phil Wilson, Sonny Constanzo, Victor Mendoza, Sigi Finkel, Jiri Stivin and many others.

As a composer, Svoboda also works for theater, film and television. He wrote music for an original musical based on Boris Vian's novel ”The Foam of the Days”, and a full-length ballet ”Mowgli” which was performed at the National Theater, Prague. Svoboda wrote music for many feature films (e.g. Karel Kachyna's ”The Last Butterfly” or Samuel Fuller's ”Day Of Reckoning”), animated movies and documentary films, television plays and over seventy theater dramas and musicals. He has been regularly cooperating with Prague National Theater's Drama Company for which he wrote music for fourteen plays including Hamlet, Faust, Peer Gynt and The Lion In Winter. As a conductor Svoboda rehearsed and conducted big musical shows such as Foam of the Days, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Les Miserables.

At present Milan Svoboda composes also chamber and orchestral music for classical ensembles, e.g. "Concerto Grosso" for violin, piano and string orchestra and the “Mowgli Ballet Suite” for symphonic orchestra. He cooperates with leading classical musicians. Among others he played and recorded with the Virtuosi di Praga and violinist Pavel Sporcl and on several occasions conducted the North Czech Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic. The cellist Jiri Barta is a regular guest of Svoboda's Quartet.

Svoboda has been invited to cooperate with other jazz orchestras (including KRO Hilversum Orchestra and Jugend Jazz orchestra Sachsen, Dortmund-Rostov Int. Big Band Twins) and taught big band and orchestral workshops (e.g. Leverkusen Jazz Days, Dortmund, Musikhochschule Dresden). From 2006 he is a conductor and artistic leader of new Rudolfinum Jazz Orchestra (members of Czech Philharmonic and leading jazz soloists). For the past several years Svoboda has been Professor of Composition and Jazz Harmony at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory in Prague. Here leads also successful Prague Conservatory Jazz Orchestra.

About Mark Roxey Mark A. Roxey Mr. Roxey 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 Dermot 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 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 over 200 hundred national and regional companies including Eglevsky Ballet, Septime Weber Dance, Gainesville 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 "Cinderella." Roxey has created an impressive list of over 50 repertory works including "La Baliene 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” I Love New Jersey, Tempered Steele 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. Mr. Roxey has 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 for outstanding achievement in art education and received the highest honor given in New Jersey that recognizes the outstanding creative achievement of art educators and leaders, “the New Jersey Governor's Award”. 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, 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, program committee chair, and Manager Council 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. Mr. Roxey has grown Roxey Ballet from a youth ballet organization to a world class professional dance organization with a major east coast impact. He has been featured on numerous television programs including the Emmy Award Winning “State of The Arts”, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. 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.

About Alicia Worden

Alicia Worden graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Fashion Design, where she graduated top of her class and was awarded with Best Senior Collection and Portfolio. She also studied in London at Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and finished her schooling at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She worked in the Fashion Industry as manager and dressmaker for private label designer Stephen Cole and fit specialist of custom women’s clothing for private clients on Madison Avenue. Later she worked as a designer for Oxford Industries and as technical designer for Ellen Tracy Inc. Since then she has been a freelance fashion designer for costumes and all types of clothing. Alicia has been designing, creating and managing costumes for Roxey Ballet since 2002, which has been a privilege, honor and pleasure. Alicia’s costumes can be seen in Roxey Ballet’s “Nutcracker”, “Othello”, “Dracula”, “Pied Piper”, Carnival of The Animals, Sleeping Beauty, I love NJ and over twenty repertory works. Alicia lives in New Jersey with her husband, Doug Worden MD, and their two beautiful daughters.

About Roxey Ballet The Roxey Ballet is a world class contemporary ballet company. Roxey Ballet uses dance to build community and cultural bridges. The company maintains a full schedule of local, national and international touring. Roxey Ballet was incorporated in 1995 as New Jersey non-profit organization. Our mission is to deliver artistic and cultural excellence through professional dance performances, residencies, educational programs, workshops and master classes. The company takes pride in its multicultural and all-inclusive organization, fostering a creative environment of growth for all. Its unique and diverse works, elevating tradition to the next level, are inspirational to audiences and artists alike. Access to high quality dance performance and education is paramount. Roxey Ballet is fully accessible to those with disabilities. The Roxey Ballet is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts;, New Music USA, The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Cultural Trust of NJ and individual donors.

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