Cem Catbas, Artistic Director


Cem Catbas is the owner and the Artistic Director of Baltimore Ballet School and the Co-founder and the Chairman of Baltimore Ballet Company.  He danced principal roles with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, Istanbul Contemporary Ballet, and Koblenz Ballet in Germany in addition to Baltimore Ballet.

He danced the title role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, The Monk in Carmina Burana (Kent Stowell’s production for the Pacific Northwest Ballet) and the title role of Dracula in Ben Stevenson’s (Houston Ballet) Dracula with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the title role of Peer Gynt and Cavalier in The Nutcracker with the Koblenz Ballet, the title role of Spartacus, Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadère, and Lucien d’Hervilly in Paquita with the Baltimore Ballet along with numerous others.

Awards he has won include the 2006 and 2002 Individual Artist Award for Excellence in Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council, 1st prize in The 1st International Seleznyov Ballet Competition in 1991, and The Most Promising Dancer Award from the city of Istanbul.

He has a B.F.A. with honors from the Istanbul University State Conservatory where he studied with Ramazan Bapov, Nikolai Morozov, and Ludmila Morkovina.  He has worked with Ben Stevenson (Houston Ballet), Patricia Wilde (NYC Ballet), Marianna Tcherkassky and Terrence Orr (ABT), Richard Glasstone (Royal Ballet), and Kent Stowell (Pacific Northwest Ballet), among others.

He has choreographed The Nutcracker, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Gershwin Rhapsody, Carnival of the Animals, excerpts from Petrouschka, and danced in and staged Scheherazade, Les Sylphides, the 2nd act of Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, and The Firebird for Baltimore Ballet.  The esteemed dance critic George Jackson praised his “passionately stretched line, buoyant leaps and plush landings.

He has been a judge for several competitions including the Frederick Arts Council, and a panelist for the Maryland State Art Council.  His students have gone on to dance professionally with New York City Ballet and Radio City The Rockettes, have won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the regional Youth America Grand Prix Competition, have been accepted into the most prestigious summer programs with full scholarships (including NYC Ballet’s School of American Ballet).

He has been interviewed on WMAR-TV, WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and Comcast Local Edition.  He has given Master Classes in the US, Canada, and Europe.  He has been featured by Sasha Fornari and Brian Mengini.  He has articles on dance which were published at Bourgeon Online and Fifty Artists Write About Their Work.

He is in the May and June 2012 issues of Dance Magazine.


Jem, Yellow.


8 Responses to “Cem Catbas”

  1. Lucillia Begucci Says:

    Dear Cem,
    It has always been a dream of mine to meet you! Your blog posts inspire me to be a better person. I love ballet and opera.
    Lucillia Begucci

  2. Semra Sahinci Says:

    A mutual person told me about you
    We came here 1996
    I’m a family medicine physician in Annapolis and my husband is an engineer
    I’m big fan for opera and we also do go to BSO concerts
    I hope to meet you someday

    1. CemCatbas Says:

      I would be very happy to meet with you and your husband. Sorry for this very late email…selamlar.

      1. Sahinci, Semra Says:

        Fantastic! Let’s meet up for dinner one night There is a Turkish restaurant in Columbia called Rudy’s Mediterranean restaurant I don’t know if you ever been there

        Sent from my iPhone

        1. CemCatbas Says:

          Hi, it has been a while since I went onto my Blog. I apologize for this VERY late response. Please find me on Facebook and Happy New Year!

  3. isadora joshua Says:

    Cem this is wonderful I admire you for your work my friend thank you

  4. Congratulations Cem! Always!!! do you know!!!

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