Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Patrick Hinson


Patrick HinsonPatrick G. Hinson joins the Butler University's Department if Dance as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013.  He began his formal dance training at the Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, under the tutelage of David Blackburn, David McClain, Oleg Sabline, James Truitte and Thelma Hill. He continued his training as a scholarship student with Leon Danielian, Michael Maule, Patricia Wilde, and Valentina Pereyaslavec at the American Ballet Theatre's school in New York City and with his life-long mentor Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet.

In 1976 he was awarded 1st place in the international biannual ballet competition held at Butler University.  At the age of 14, he joined the Cincinnati Ballet Company, and was promoted to soloist by the time he was 17. During his time with the CBC he worked with icons of the dance world such as Frederic Franklin, Roman Jasinski, Sr., William Dollar, and Alicia Markova. Three year later, he was invited to join the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine.  In 1980, Mr. Hinson was selected by Rudolf Nureyev to dance Hilarion opposite Nureyev's portrayal of Albrecht in the "Nureyev and Friends on Broadway" production of Giselle.

In 1981, Mikhail Baryshnikov asked him to join American Ballet Theatre. While at ABT he worked with Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, Natalia Markarova, Roland Petit, Eugene Loring, Choo San Goh, Antony Tudor and Erik Bruhn.  In 1983, he returned to the NYCB under the direction of  Peter Martins.  Upon his return he was featured in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jean‐Pierre Bonnefoux, Laura Dean, Elliot Feld, William Forsythe, Lar Lubovitch, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Helgi Tómasson, and Richard Weiss.

Upon his retirement from the stage Mr. Hinson assumed the directorship of "SOHO Booking", a program of the Cultural Council Foundation, a non‐profit state and federally funded organization, that assisted with the management of avant‐garde emerging dance artists/groups.

He has held numerous artistic/administrative/pedagogical positions with companies in the USA, Europe, and Asia.  To mention just a few: Hartford Ballet, Icelandic National Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Ballett Ulm, Ballett Semperoper Dresden, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Louisville Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Slovakia, Royal Danish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, National Ballet of Croatia, Nederland's Dans Theater, English National

Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Madrid, Ballet Arizona, Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Cullberg Ballet, London City Ballet, and the International Dance Academy of Tokyo.

As a repetiteur, Mr. Hinson has staged the works of George Balanchine, Peter Martins, and August Bournonville,  among others; he has also re‐staged/choreographed numerous productions of his own including full length productions of "Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in Dance with a minor in Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. He served for six years as co‐chairman of the New York City Ballet's "Dancers' Committee" encompassing the negotiation of contracts between the dancers and management.  He has also served on board of governors of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).