Mark Harootian (Ballet) A native of Worcester, Mark received his early training from the Performing Arts School of Worcester, dancing with the Worcester Youth Ballet. He matriculated to University of Utah’s ballet department on scholarship and as a member of Utah Ballet, graduating with a BFA, emphasis on performing and teaching. There Mark performed and choreographed in the department’s productions as well as dancing many leading roles with Utah Ballet. He has also performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and the Festival of White Nights in Pushkin Russia. Aside from roles including The Captain in Carmen, The Sailor in Con Amore and Doug Spivey in The Widows Broom, Mark has captivated audiences by choreographing Breaking the Limits, Let it Go for a While, and Mutable Air for the Up CLOSE, on HOPE series. He is pleased to return after breaking his ankle during rehearsals for Don Quixote, and will premiere a new work for the 2006-2007 Up CLOSE on HOPE series. This is Mark’s third season with Festival Ballet Providence.