Linda Walker, Executive Director – Linda Walker began her dance training at the age of six in California. She studied with many small ballet schools throughout California, Robert Joffrey in New York, and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarship. She is the founder of Academy of Ballet (formerly Tucson School of Ballet, 1981), founder and Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet (1983), proud mother of four, and grandmother of lots and lots. From 1988 through May 2002, Ms. Walker instructed students from St. David, Sierra Vista, Dragoon, Pomerene, Benson, and Wilcox at her Benson site.
Ms. Walker’s dedication to quality ballet led the Tucson Regional Ballet to audition for, and gain membership in, Regional Dance America/Pacific (1994), and her innovative creativity has brought TRB to new heights with the original production of A Southwest Nutcracker. TRB also premiered Ms. Walker’s original ballet adaptations of Susan Lowell’s best-selling children’s books, The Three Little Javelinas and The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit. Ms. Walker has served on the board of Regional Dance America/Pacific and as a panelist for Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Co-Artistic Director – Jeffrey Graham Hughes was born in Alameda, California, where he started dancing at the age of six. His first two teachers were Vern Nerden and Madame Alexandria Baldina from the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Russia and Ballet Russe circa Nijinsky and Pavlova. As a youngster he was a member of Oakland Metropolitan Ballet and was a guest artist with several companies in Northern California.
Mr. Hughes was artistic director of Ohio Ballet, interim director and then rehearsal director for Hong Kong Ballet, associate director/ballet master with Ballet de Monterrey, ballet master for Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, artistic director for Atlanta Ballet’s outreach program, and founder of his own educational performing group Ballet Atlantis.
Over a twenty-two year professional career as a dancer, he danced principal roles with Joffrey II, Joffrey Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Mr. Hughes had a vast repertoire of roles. Listed among some of his favorites were the Moor in Jose Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, Fleming Flindt’s The Lesson, Franz in Coppelia, Balanchine’s Tarantella, pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, one of the two male leads in Lander’s Etudes, Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose, Prince Igor, and Les Sylphides. He danced in ballets by such choreographers as Ailey, Ashton, Bournonville, Cranko, Nureyev, Robbins, Schaufuss, Tharp, Tudor, and Watts, to mention just a few. Mr. Hughes was privileged to be in Robert Joffrey’s Remembrances, enjoyed dancing in many of Gerald Arpino’s ballets, and danced and created many roles in Dennis Nahat’s ballets.
Over the past twenty-seven years Mr. Hughes has choreographed over fifty ballets. His ballets have been performed in the U.S., Asia, Mexico and South Africa. He has been on the faculty of Hong Kong Academy for the Arts, San Francisco Dance Center and New York Academy of Ballet, among others. Mr. Hughes taught and choreographed at the prestigious Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet in New York during the summers of 2014-2016 and Orlando Ballet School during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Mr. Hughes is currently Co-Artistic Director of the Tucson Regional Ballet and on staff as an instructor at Academy of Ballet.
Pamela Reyman-Hughes, Co-Artistic Director – Pamela Reyman-Hughes, born in New York City, began her dance training at the age of fifteen. She trained with Istvan Rabovsky and at the American Ballet Theatre School with Valentina Pereyslavic, Olga Merinowa, and Patricia Wilde.
In 1977 she began her professional career with Dennis Wayne’s Dancers in NYC. Over the course of her twenty-two year performing career she also danced as a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Ohio Ballet as well as performing as a guest artist with small companies in the United States. An artist recognized for her versatility, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has danced a range of roles, including Tzarina, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Dying Swan, Giselle, Juliet, Lizzie Borden in deMilles’s Fall River Legend, Emilia in Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, the Partisan in Jooss’ The Green Table, The Woman in His Past in Tudor’s Lilac Garde, and Fairy Godmother in Holder’s Cinderella. She danced principal roles in an extensive Balanchine repertoire including Tarantella, Square Dance, Minkus Pas de Trois, Agon, Apollo, Serenade, and Nutcracker. Ms. Reyman-Hughes has also performed in works by Butler, Van Dantzig, Lubovitch, Byrd, Arpino, Flindt, Fokine, Massine, Nault and many others, including her husband Jeffrey Graham Hughes. In 1990, she performed in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival in Flindt’s The Overcoat with Rudolf Nureyev. As a principal dancer with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, she had roles created for her by Dennis Nahat in many of his ballets. She has also participated as a dancer in New Steps, a choreographic workshop in Ohio and in Festival of Life, a benefit for children and adults with AIDS in Atlanta.
Ms. Reyman-Hughes was ballet mistress for Ohio Ballet, interim ballet mistress for Hong Kong Ballet, and was on the staff of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. She has guest taught throughout the U.S. and has choreographed two chamber ballets that have been performed in Ohio and Switzerland. Locally, Ms. Reyman-Hughes has taught at Ballet Arts in Tucson and briefly worked as a part-time ballet mistress for Ballet Tucson. For the past two summers, 2015 and 2016, she has taught for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive, and she is a certified Gyrotonic® Expansion System Level I Instructor. Ms. Reyman-Hughes is grateful to the many teachers who have inspired her throughout her career and would especially like to thank Maggie Black and Alonzo King.
Ms. Reyman-Hughes is married to Jeffrey Graham Hughes, and they have a daughter, Maya Esperanza. Ms. Reyman-Hughes is currently Co-Artistic Director of the Tucson Regional Ballet and on staff as an instructor at Academy of Ballet.