Evergreen City Ballet was founded by Artistic Director Wade Walthall in 1994 and received its non-profit status in 1995. It was established in downtown Auburn as both a ballet school providing professional quality training, and as a performing company.
On September 1, 2009, ECB relocated to a state-of-the art, custom designed facility in Renton. The 7,600 square foot facility contains three dance studios, two of which can be joined to form a Black Box Theatre, plus offices and costume/set storage. A long term lease insures the company’s long-term stability and reinforces our commitment to this community.
Wade Walthall received his formal dance training under a Ford Foundation Scholarship and Stipend to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. Coming directly from his academic training, he was offered a soloist position by then Director, Rudi Van Dantzig of The National Ballet of Holland. He lived in Amsterdam for several years and went on to dance an extremely varied and eclectic repertory, including works by some of the world’s foremost choreographers.
After a season as the principal resident guest artist for The National Ballet of Spain, located in Madrid, Mr. Walthall returned to Seattle in the United States in 1982 as a Principal dancer for The Pacific Northwest Ballet under the Direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. After his performing career with The Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mr. Walthall was a requested guest artist and performed throughout the United States, spending one season as principal guest artist with Ballet Austin, under the direction of Lambrous Lambrou. Throughout his career, Mr. Walthall has studied, worked, and performed with some of the most prestigious figures in the Dance World. He has performed with artists such as Rudolf Nureyev, Alexander Gudenov, Wayne Eagling, Merle Parke, Leslie Collier, and Karin Kain, in cities including New York, London, Paris, Rome, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Jakarta, and Hong Kong.
As an instructor Mr. Walthall has taught various dance techniques at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, The Hong Kong Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and San Antonio Dance Theater. In 1986 Mr. Walthall danced the male lead in the cinematic version of the STOWELL/SENDAK/BALLARD movie: NUTCRACKER: THE MOTION PICTURE. After his retirement from the stage Mr. Walthall received a degree cum laude in dance education from The University of Washington and was a pivotal figure in the creation and development of The Evergreen City Ballet where he designed, choreographed, directed, and taught for the school and company. He is mentioned in several listings of notable personalities throughout the world including Who’s Who in America and The Dictionary of American Biography. Recently he was asked to be a member of the 25th Anniversary Committee for The Pacific Northwest Ballet, an honorary committee that included directors of The New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The San Francisco Ballet as well as some of the most prominent artists in the world of dance. Mr. Walthall also has an extensive collection of dance related art including works by Chagall, Dali, and Mark Tobey. During the 2001-2002 season Mr. Walthall developed a three act, evening long original ballet entitled “Perfume” based on the scents and designs of Christian Dior, this following closely the success of his own staging of his previous full evening work, “Giselle”. For the season 2004-2005, Mr. Walthall created a new production of the full-length ballet “Sleeping Beauty”.