Marsha Wales Brown
Marsha Wales Brown, Dance Director of the California Artist Series, began her training with the Royal Academy of
Dance in Singapore under Zlata Toumanova, former soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet. She continued her training with such companies as the Royal Danish
Ballet and the Kirov. She has worked with such notable teachers and choreographers as Leon Danelian, Peter Nelson, Sulamith Messerer, Boris
Ashkenazov, Ivan Nagy, Dianne Richards, Leonide Massine, and George Balanchine.
Referred to as "the choreographer's ultimate muse", Ms Brown has had more than forty major works designed on her and has danced such classical roles as
the title role in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Flower Festival at Genzano, Apollo, Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and others.
In 1977-78, prior to the death of renowned choreographer Leonide Massine, Ms Brown worked with him on a balletic essay entitled Darkness, which he
choreographed especially for her. In 1979 she became one of the principal guest artists with Hong Kong Ballet, and also appeared with the Modern Dance Theater of Hong Kong.
In 1980 Ms Brown founded and directed Theater Ballet Taipei, Taiwan's full-time professional ballet company, and it was as the Director of that
company that Ms Brown's skill as an organizer and administrator came into play. So successful were her efforts that Theater Ballet Taipei became one of
the few international dance companies in the Pacific Rim operating on the plus side of a balance sheet.
Ms Brown was the original Princess in The Soldier's Tale (shown above) and the original performer in Dudley Brooks's Jalan Kekiri Kekanan (re-named Lithe Spirit).
Friends of Ms.
Brown will be very saddened to hear that in 1993 she suffered a heart attack which caused brain damage which left her with short-term memory loss. Although unable to continue her artistic career, she resides in an Independent Living Facility where she has many friends with whom she continues to attend plays, visit museums, and take part in many other cultural and recreational outings.