"Every port de bras turns into a Fragonard of  movement."

                                                                                     New York Sun   

                                                                          






Unlike any other choreographer, Edward Morgan manages to exhibit versatility, originality,

and accessibility while maintaining integrity, and commitment to his high level of artistry.                                                   

                                                                                                                                               

Noted particularly for classical ballet, his styles also include jazz, tap, opera, musical theatre, and modern dance.


In a career far too lengthy to list, Mr. Morgan a former principal dancer of the original New York City Joffrey Ballet,

has danced specific lead and solo roles for President's Reagan, and Bush, at Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center,

and performed for Henry Kissinger at the International House affiliated with Columbia University.


Mr. Morgan also raised awareness about the AIDS epidemic with Mayor Koch in a Public Service Announcement

shown in movie theaters throughout New York City, (see video page), Mayor Dinkins for the Board of Education,

and Washington DC for the "We Love DC Gala" at  Constitution Hall where Morgan danced a special solo for Mayor Pratt.

His hometown San Antonio and Margaret King Stanley, director of the San Antonio Performing Arts Association, now with Opera San Antonio, commissioned the ballet "Jamboree" for the Joffrey Ballet, in which he danced the "Lone Star Gent."  (See archives, San Antonio-Joffrey)

                                    "After the bluish curtain rises, we see our first live cowboy, Edward Morgan, dancing exuberantly across the stage"

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anna Kisselgoff  New York Times

Mr. Morgan received the Alcalde from Mayor Henry Cisneros. The Alcalde is prepared for dignitaries and officials visiting the City, and names the individual honorary Mayor of La Villita (the original San Antonio).


Also, Morgan received the Emissary to the Muses from Mayor Phil Hardberger. Emissary to the Muses certificate is prepared for top individuals in the fields of entertainment and the arts, visiting San Antonio, Morgan also was invited to choreograph The San Antonio Festival's Bernstein Mass.

Mr. Morgan exhibited a particularly fresh and innovative choreographic skill, and advanced to the position of director of the Joffrey II, where he received accolades on his unprecedented choreography. 


The following information is very important, please take note! 


Ollie Hazley is a friend of Edward Morgan, but Edward Morgan was the choreographer, NOT Ollie Hazley of the ballet ''Solo de Sonata Opus 22'', which received a great review from Jack Anderson of The New York Times, "a choreographic bonbon."


Edith d'Addario, director of the Joffrey Ballet school was concerned, that the critics might become hypercritical, because Edward Morgan was making history, as a artistic director of the Joffrey second company, by choreographing so many ballets on one program. 

So Ms. d'Addario had him use a different name for the choreography of his ballet. She explained to Edward, "sometimes you have to do these things to protect yourself."


Edward Morgan was the first black director in the history of the Joffrey Ballet, and the creator of the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz Program. 


                                                               "Morgan set four couples kicking and gliding with remarkable sophistication."  

                                                                                                                                                                                   The New York Times


Ever so versatile, Mr. Morgan became the choreographer of the internationally successful television dance show Club MTV.  Morgan created over fifty original works performed on the show, and at live events including MTV Spring BreakI Want My MTV, and Macy’s MTV Spectacular. Edward Morgan was the creator of the Club MTV Fashion Dancers.


Always a risk taker, Morgan took MTV  to uncharted territory by bringing stars of the Joffrey Ballet to perform on MTV.


Therefore, in the late 80's and early 90's Morgan merged ballet with hip-hop and jazz. This was the beginning of a new style of dance that influenced choreographers in film, television, and dance videos, that is widely imitated today! (see video page, CLUB MTV)


                                                                                           “Morgan’s performance gives just the right brilliance and intensity.”

                                                                                                                                                                         Clive Barnes The New York Post


In Los Angeles, Mr. Morgan danced with the Joffrey Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to critical acclaim, and was invited to perform the solo "Touch Me," on the Arsenio Hall Show in Hollywood. (see video page) 


Also, while in Hollywood Mr. Morgan choreographed for classic fine artists Marilyn McCoo, and Al Jarreau, which led him back to New York City for the opera The Jewel Box, directed by Theodore Mann, and Carnegie Hall, for the tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Mass For The 21St Century by Carmen Moore.


For several years after leaving the Joffrey company, Morgan was called upon by Gerald Arpino to perform "Touch Me," throughout the US, and Europe.

Also, Morgan was given the ballet "Touch Me" to perform at anytime he wanted, and his image was used to create a sculpture by Caryl Picker, that was unveiled at the Heidi Neuhoff Gallery on Madison Avenue, which was later purchased for the lobby of the Vista Hotel at the World Trade Center, sadly destroyed on 9/11.

                                                                                                                             “spirited classical ballet purity”

                                                                                                                                                                  The New York Times


Opportunity presenting itself abroad, Morgan became an Artist-In-Residence in Paris, France, where he performed at Le Bataclan, produced by Raphael Didjaman, danced a spirited solo with the International Gospel Festival, and performed at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. His sensitive choreography, with children from Fossés-Jean Cultural Center in Colombes, to the music of Mozart, performed at UNESCO, and filmed by French Television, and produced and directed by Joseph Alexander.  (See Video Page)

                                
"a magical encounter took place: one does not speak French, others not American. Hundreds of spectators to the Avant-Scène could savor the moment where dancing and music are freed from the differences in language, social status, skills for prposer a small state of grace."
        Patrick Chaimovitch,
  Municipal Councillor of Colombes, France


In 2014 through 2018 Alexander created Ballet For The Homeless in which Morgan choreographed singers, actors, and dancers to raise money for 

The Church of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.


Edward Morgan before moving to New York City


Edward Morgan received scholarships from Leon Danielian for the American Ballet Theatre School, and Colleen Neary for the School Of American Ballet.

His father said, "you are my only child, you cannot go all the way to New York by yourself this soon." Morgan’s stepmother (Dean of Arts - St. Phillips College), then sought out teachers for him in Texas. 


Patricia Delleney - Ballet Arts School of San Antonio.


Directors of the Manhattan Festival Ballet, Ron Sequoio, and James DeBolt were then teaching at the San Antonio Hemisphere.

They privately worked with Edward, one on one for a year.

Then off to Fort Worth, Texas to study with Nancy Schaffenburg-Cross, who at age 16 was a soloist with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 


Then to Dallas, Texas where Edward was given a dance scholarship to El Centro College, where Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theater of Harlem was in charge of the program. Arlin Peltier director of the arts, and Mitchell both decided Morgan should go to New York to study at the Dance Theater of Harlem. Mr. Peltier paid for Edward's full scholarship to the Dance Theater of Harlem, where later he became an apprentice.


Edward Morgan was the first male dancer with the Dallas Black Dance Theater. He also taught and choreographed on the company,

and in the school.


Next, the Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson duo danced everywhere, from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada, to Broadway in “Carousel”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Brigadoon.” Edward was trained under their tutelage and later placed as soloist in their company, the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. 


While in Dallas Edward Morgan was also coached privately by Nathalie Krassovska former ballerina with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


Edward Morgan was also a member of the ROTC, and a winner of the Texas Dance Contest at the capitol in Austin. Edward Morgan was also in his high school theater ensemble and won numerous awards, and also played piano and flute.


Additional International Performances: 

The Grand Theater - Hong Kong, China

The National Theater - Taipei, Taiwan
StarsAmericanBallet SeoulOperaHouseKorea

The Ancient Amphitheater - Greece

Hamburg Opera House - Germany

Open Air Festival Madrid - Spain

Other Highlights:

NewYork1's New Yorker of the Week  

 New York City Opera 

      Bexar Opera San Antonio       

Gala at The Met - Diana Ross

Embassy of Finland - Washington, D.C.   

United Nations Fortieth Anniversary   

TADA Theater - JA children's program

Tribute to Richard Englund 

PBS Dance In America 

French Radio Enghien IDFM98 - Ollia Horton  

KRTU 91.7FM Jazz Trinity University San Antonio

KENS NEWS 5 - San Antonio

Tribute to Choreographer Louis Johnson

KONO Radio - San Antonio 

Brussels Radio Dance - Arts Interview - Belgium

  Aids Dance-A-Thon    

Grace Jones Record Release - Xenon

What The Hell Nell - Palma Pascale 

Miss Virgin Islands Beauty Pageant - Jennifer Holliday  

Star Search

The Morgan Gallery St. Phillips College

Tribute to Dame Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev

Virgina School of the Arts

Suzy Chapstick

Brenda K. Starr

NYC Veg Fest

Cissy Houston

Dance Notation Bureau Awards  

Glammy Awards - Club Life

Dance Explosion - Entertainment Company

Jacobs Pillow  

Fol de Rol, Dudley Moore San Francisco Opera House

Musical Theatre Works

Andy Warhol 15 minutes

Rainbow Room - MTV

New York University -Joffrey II Director

Studio 54 - Fashion Dance Choreographer

NJ Police Dept. Special Olympics

Actors Playhouse, Vaudeville Underground

The Ensemble Studio Theater

Health First - Lehman College

Joffrey Ballet Repertory

Twyla Tharp - Deuce Coupe

Paul Taylor - Cloven Kingdom

Agnes De Mille - Rodeo

Sir Frederick Ashton - Illuminations

Anthony Tudor - Offenbach

Jiří Kylián  - Dream Dances

John Cranko - Romeo & Juliet

Eugene Loring - Billy The Kid

Michel Fokine - Petrushka

Vaslav Nijinsky - Le Sacre du printemps

Ruthanna Boris - Cakewalk

Laura Dean - Night

Gerald Arpino 

Touch Me

 Trinity

Light Rain

 Two-A-Day


From 1994 to 2010, Edward Morgan an ICON in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, lead the march down 5th Avenue,

high stepping, and tossing his baton 5 stories high ! (See Video Page, Stonewall 50)


                                    "With all original choreography by Morgan, the evening was a multiple treat served up with                                                                                                                                       both panache and disciplined refinement.." 
                                  
                                                                                             -San Antonio Express News


                                                                              "Mr. Alexander stood out here and throughout the program for his                 

                                                                                                                            clean classical dancing and devoted partnering"    
                                                                                    
                                                                                                 -The New York Times            

                                                                                            "lead by the gracious Mr. Alexander, a virtuoso turner"
                                                                                     
                                                                                                -The New York Times

Joseph Alexander has been a student, dancer, teacher, ballet master and now

director of TheEdwardMorganBallet.

He was born in Stockton, California where he began his early dance training at age 3, at the school of Cheryl Fosgate, and then at age 12 at Ballet San Joaquin. Then for a year and a half he studied at the original Joffrey Ballet School, where he met Edward Morgan, who selected him for The Stars of The American Ballet Tour, with the Joffrey Concert Dancers.After the tour, Alexander went onto dance with Milwaukee Ballet, and The National Ballet of Canada.  Alexander was not feeling artistically fulfilled with these companies. Then he heard Edward Morgan was starting a new ballet company.  

Mr. Morgan, because of his belief in how ballet should be today, told Alexander if he wanted to dance with his company, he would have to retrain. Alexander agreed and started one on one classes with Morgan.


Alexander then became an apprentice, then moved to soloist in 2002. While a soloist Alexander began to train under Morgan to become a ballet teacher. While teaching students at TheEdwardMorganBallet he also traveled, giving master classes with the Morgan syllabus, in Gulf Port Mississippi, Stockton California, Detroit Michigan, and San Antonio Texas. Also teaching abroad in Chaliroi and Brussels Belgium, and Paris France. At this time, he proved himself in Edward Morgan's home town, and was appointed ballet master. With the exiting of Daniel Scott, and Alexander's business skills, as well as producing media events. Edward Morgan had no choice, but to stamp him in 2008, director of TheEdwardMorganBallet.
Now working alongside Mr. Morgan, Alexander brings with him his own ideas, and a fresh approach to art, from a theatrical performers perspective. From stage to television, he creates unique performances mixing media, fine art, music, dance, film, and fashion. 

At the moment, he is filming a documentary, "The Life of Edward Morgan," and producing, The Edith Piaf 100th Anniversary Project. (see Edith Piaf video)

Other projects Mr. Alexander has produced: Mass For The Ballet, Church of the Holy Apostles, The New York Children's Museum Of Art, The Bronx Museum, The Morgan Gallery, St. Phillips College, San Antonio, Texas, and The Museum Mile New York City. 

Within the last three years, Joseph Alexander has been working to come up with a new score for the Nutcracker. Inspired by Morgan's Nutcracker pas de deux. Alexander has always been pushing Morgan to do a new Nutcracker, which will be delighting audiences soon!


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