International choreographer-director Margo Sappington, a Texan, began her professional career dancing with the Joffrey Ballet in New York at the age of 17, and her choreographic career at age 21. She has created works for ballet, opera and theater companies throughout the USA and Canada, South America, Europe, China and Kazakhstan. The companies include Joffrey Ballet (New York/Chicago), Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Ballet Jazz de Montreal.
Ms. Sappington is known in America as an innovator for the use of popular music on the concert stage, beginning with her first ballet for the Joffrey Ballet to an original score for orchestra and rock group in 1971. These also include BILLBOARDS, music by Prince, also for the Joffrey Ballet, and "Common People" using William Shatner's CD "Has Been" for Milwaukee Ballet. Her ballet for Atlanta Ballet, "Shed Your Skin" is a collaboration with the group Indigo Girls performing live onstage.
From 1995–99 she shared artistic direction of Ballet: The Daring Project with ballerina Valentina Kozlova. The company of 10 dancers presented her works across the U.S.A. and in Italy plus three seasons at the Joyce Theater in New York City.
Abroad, she has created for Ballet du Capitole, Ballet du Nord, Ballet de Bourdeaux (France), ATERballetto (Italy), Ballet Nuevo Mundo and Rajatabla Danza (Venezuela) and Nederlands Dans Theater. She was the first American choreographer to create a new work for the National Ballet of China (Beijing) and a new full-length ballet for the Abai Opera and Ballet Theater, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Sappington's work enhanced the international opera simulcasts, "Live from the San Francisco Opera" with the ballets in "La Gioconda", "Samson et Dahlila" and "Aida." Her extensive theatrical experience began with "Oh! Calcutta!", her choreographic debut in which she also performed. Sappington's other theatrical credits include four Broadway shows with a Tony nomination, many commercials and music videos.
Ms. Sappington is a master teacher and award-winning choreographer who contributes works yearly to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.