Ceyhun Ozsoy

Kennedy Cole

Ceyhun Ozsoy was born in Turkey and began his ballet education at the Ankara Government Conservatory. He studied with Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Angela Bayley and Beatrice Appliard Fenmen and received his bachelor’s degree in 1972. Ceyhoun danced with the Turkish National Ballet Company in Ankara for 18 years as a soloist and principal dancer and eventually acted as ballet master as well. Ceyhun also danced with Bayerische Staatsoper Company in Munich, West Germany. During his career, he performed major roles in many of the classics such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Fille Mar Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Don Quixote and Coppelia, to name a few. He has worked with great masters of the ballet world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, John Gilpin, Alfred Rodrigues, John Neumeier, Sandor Toth, Irina Hudova, Nina Tcholo- va, Sulamith Messerer, Nicolai Haritnov, Aleksander Prokovsky, Vladimir Tsoukanov, and many more. He served as ballet master for Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans for eight years. In 1990, Ceyhun moved to Dallas and founded Ozsoy School of Ballet. Currently, in addition to being director of his school, he is a part-time faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Joffrey Ballet School’s eight week summer program, and he is a guest master teacher for The Compañía Nacional de Danza in Mexico City.