Victoria Vittum is a nationally recognized teacher and choreographer. She was with the Houston Ballet, under the direction of Ben Stevenson from 1997-2003. There she taught open adult classes, in the upper academy and the company. She has served as Resident Choreographer for the Gwinnett Ballet Theater in Atlanta, Georgia and guest teacher at the Washington School of Ballet. She taught for Margo Marshall School of Ballet and served as resident Choreographer and Associate Artistic Director of City Ballet of Houston from 1981-1993. Ms. Vittum not only directs her own school, Ballet Center of Houston, but also serves as Artistic Director of Houston Repertoire Ballet.
Ms. Vittum received her early training from Julio de Bittencourt and also holds a B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Lamar University. She has choreographed for professional and civic companies throughout the country as well as having her work presented at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Ms. Vittum has been the recipient of numerous awards such as: two Monticello Choreography Awards, Illinois State University choreography competition Winner, two nominations for the General Electric American Choreographer Plan. Most recently Ms. Vittum was the recipient of a Choreography Fellowship (1998) awarded by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Texas Commission for the Arts for outstanding Choreographic merit and contribution to the City of Houston.
Gilbert Rome began his training in New Orleans with Gayle Parmalee. During his professional career, he performed with such legends as Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Lynn Seymour, and Marcia Haydee. Mr. Rome has performed in most all of the Classical Repertoire and has worked under internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers such as Celia Franca, Erik Brun, Todd Bolendender, John Cranko, and Betty Oliphant.
Gil's professional background includes the National Ballet of Canada, State Opera House in Koln and Frankfurt , Germany , Mississippi Coast Ballet and Houston Ballet.
He has served as Resident Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of City Ballet of Houston under the direction of Margo Marshall, from the years 1980-1993. He has been a member of the teaching staff at Houston Ballet Academy , Houston Dance Center , Southwest and Southeast Regional Ballet Festivals and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Mr. Romehas choreographed no less than seventy ballets between 1973 and 1997 throughout the country and has been the recipient of numerous awards as a teacher and choreographer.
Mr. Rome is the Retired Director of the Margo Marshall – Gilbert Rome Studio of Dance and Founding Artistic Director of Houston Repertoire Ballet.