A native of Union Springs, Alabama, Chapman joined American Ballet
Theatre in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted
to Soloist in 1987 and to Principal Dancer in 1989. With ABT,
Chapman performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire
and in works by many of the twentieth century’s master choreographers,
including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp and Antony
Tudor. He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet’s Bruch
Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp’s The Elements.
In 1993, he joined the Bavarian National Ballet as a principal
dancer before returning to ABT in 1995. In 1996, Chapman was named
Artistic Director of Alabama Ballet. During his leadership, the
company grew from 16 to 44 professional and apprentice dancers.
He also founded the Alabama Ballet School, the apprentice pre-professional
training program and the Alabama Ballet Summer Program. Mr. Chapman
returned to ABT as ballet master in 2006 before being named Artistic
Director of the Studio Company in 2007.
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