Roberta Wong

Roberta  Wong Two-time Creative Renewal fellow and IAC grant recipient Roberta Wong has enjoyed careers in ballet, modern dance, choreography and teaching. From Davis, CA, Roberta studied with Hanneke Lohse, Katie Heil and Marguerite Phares in the Sacramento area as well as the San Francisco Ballet and Marin Ballet school summer programs. She was commended in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations under then directorship of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Her professional career began with the Boston Ballet (under Bruce Marks) proceeding to Indianapolis Ballet Theatre (George Verdak and Dace Dindonis) performing such roles as “Fanny Cerrito” in Pas De Quatre, “Fee Miette” in The Sleeping Beauty and ensemble in Jose Limon’s Waldstein Sonata. After getting sidelined with injuries, she left dance to complete a biology degree at Butler University before joining Dance Kaleidoscope and one of her greatest mentors, David Hochoy. With DK she premiered many roles by Hochoy and other choreographers including Norman Walker and Cynthia Pratt. Her teaching has included Anderson University, Butler University, Dance Kaleidoscope (as company teacher and rehearsal director), Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theater Summer Conservatory, Indiana University (both ballet and contemporary dance programs), Jordan Academy of Dance and many area studios. She has been honored to teach for the Indiana Dance Festival, Lafayette Ballet and Mid-States Regional Dance Festival. Other performing has included “Yuletide Celebration” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Weird Al Yankovich’s “Poodle Hat Tour” (Indianapolis performance) and Bill and Gloria Gaither’s “Praise Gathering.” She is grateful to have choreographed for Anderson University’s “Candles and Carols,” the Emily Hunt Benefit for Spinal Chord Research (with Stage I Dance Academy), Pike High School and the Indy Convergence, from where her work was later presented at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival. Some of her favorite teachers include David Howard, Finis Jhung, Arturo Fernandez, Alonzo King, Alan Danielson, Roxanne D’Orleans Juste, Libby Nye and Ann Vachon.