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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Harris Ferris profiled in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I’d be lying if I said I’d ever heard of Harris Ferris before the recent news that has surrounded his move from Nevada Ballet Theater to Pittsburgh Ballet. But largely for this reason, I’ve found today’s Nov 27 article, Ferris plans a new model at PBT in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette very informative. A guy that has really worked his way up and into the very respectable position he now holds. I think Pittsburgh is in for a real treat.

  • But by 1979, Striegel wooed him back to Buffalo, where he served as the company's principal dancer and business manager. He helped Striegel build her company, learned about marketing and how to attract coverage of the dancers from Buffalo's three major television networks. Ultimately, he became the company's executive director.
  • When the executive director of the Princeton Ballet Society resigned from his job in New Jersey, Ferris' older brother encouraged him to apply. In 1993, he became executive director of the company, now called American Repertory Ballet.
  • In 2000, Ferris headed to Las Vegas, where he serves as executive director of Nevada Ballet Theatre.
    Nancy Houssels, who with Francois Szony and Nancy Claire did an adagio act on "The Ed Sullivan Show," calls Ferris "a triple force" because he has danced, earned a master's in business administration from Rutgers University and thinks creatively when dealing with problems.
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