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choreographer , Performing company executive

Benjamin Noah Houk, American performing company executive, choreographer. Grantee Tacoma (Washington) Arts Council, 1986. Artistic director Benefit for the Homeless, Everett, Washington, 1990—1991; Member of American Guild Museum Artists.


Houk, Benjamin Noah was born on April 4, 1962 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Robert Louis Houk and Marilyn Joan (Haugen) Sundin.


Studied dance, Amherst Ballet Academy, 1978; studied dance, Jan Collum School Ballet, 1979; studied dance, Jo Emery School, 1979-1980; studied dance, New York studios, 1980-1983; studied dance, Robert Joffrey Workshop, 1981; studied dance, American Ballet Center, 1980-1983; studied dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, since 1983; student, University Washington, since 1988.


Principal dancer Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, since 1983. Assistant director Bravo Ballet Arts in Education Program, 1993-1996. Soloist Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1987—1989, principal dancer, 1989-1996.

Medical Corps, coordinator Joffrey, New York City, 1983. Artistic director, choreographer Nashville Ballet, 1996-1999. Artistic director Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, 1998—2001.

Director San Elijo Dance and Music Academy, San Marcos, California, since 2001. Guest artist guest artist Orange County Ballet, Ithaca, New York, 1981, Koslovs and Friends, San Francisco, 1985, Ballet Oregon, Portland, 1988, Ballet Chicago, 1989, Nevada Dance Theatre, Las Vegas, 1990, Tacoma Perf. Dance Company, 1980, Nevada Festival Ballet, 1993—1994, Maui Ballet Company, 1994.

Grant panelist National Endowment for the Arts, 1999. Dance instructor, lecturer, since 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Dancer (ballets) Pacific Northwest Ballet include Romeo in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Sigfried in Swan Lake, Franz in Coppelia, The Prince in The Nutcracker, others include Albrecht in Giselle, Othello in The Moor's Pavane, choreographer Capriole Suite, 1988, By When, 1989, Shard, 1990, First Light, 1992, Schubert 2-4-5, 1994, Bete Noir, 1993, Across and Back, 1994, Nutcracker, 1995, Open Water, 1995, Aida, 1997, Passage, 1998, Swan Lake (after Petipa), 1998, Nutcracker, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 1998, 2001, since 2005. Television appearance Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy, 1994.


Artistic director Benefit for the Homeless, Everett, Washington, 1990—1991. Member of American Guild Museum Artists.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, windsurfing, pottery, mountaineering, painting.


Married Lauri-Michelle Rohde, July 11, 1991. Children: Madeline, Katherine, Elizabeth, Michael, Alexandra;children from previous marriage: Marissa, Skylar.

Robert Louis Houk Marilyn


Lauri-Michelle Rohde

Skylar Houk

Madeline Houk

Alexandra;children from previous marriage: Marissa Houk

Elizabeth Houk

Katherine Houk

Michael Houk