Adam Hougland

Resident Choreographer

Adam grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied visual arts and acting from an early age. At 14 he began his dance training at the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The Juilliard School and then went on to perform with The Limon Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. While at Juilliard Adam choreographed his first group dance, Beyond, which won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. This piece set his Choreographic career in motion and was quickly taken into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus and The Louisville Ballet.

Adam has gone on to create original works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company,The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans in the Netherlands, The Limon Dance Company, Cedar Lake Ensemble, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet X and The New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet. He has created works for internationally recognized dancer such as Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dutch National) and Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater). In 2006 he created a world premiere for Juilliard’s Centennial Celebration that toured to Chicago and Los Angeles and was broadcast on the PBS ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ series. He has won The Princess Grace Award for Choreography, The Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, a New York State Council for the Arts Commissioning Grant and was one of Pointe Magazines’ 10 VIP’s of 2006.  He was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch for 2011.

Adam is the Principle Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet and has created five critically acclaimed original works for the company, including Rite of Spring with special guest artist Wendy Wehlan (principle dancer, New York City Ballet). In 2009 Adam was named Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet and has since created a new evening-length Mozart’s Requiem and a new Firebird for the company as well as pieces for Frampton & Cincinnati Ballet Live and Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live.

Adam spends his time in New York City and Bristol, England with his partner Ashley and their dogs Liza and Bruno.

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