Cuban-born José Mateo is Founder and Artistic Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre, one of America’s leading producers of new ballets, and the area’s most innovative school for quality ballet training.
For 30 years José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s highly acclaimed Company has presented repertory work representing Mateo’s artistic achievement in choreography. The School offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion.
Susan Ashton Bourque grew up in West Palm Beach, FL and received her dance training with Joan Miller at the Palm Beach Ballet Center, The Joffrey Ballet School and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Before joining José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2001, Ms. Bourque danced professionally with Augusta Ballet in Georgia. While in the company, Susan performed featured roles in José Mateo’s Streams, Danzones Balleticos and The Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Susan became a Ballet Mistress for the 2013-2014 season.
Mary Thompson trained at the Boston Ballet School and with Marie Paquet. She received a Ford Foundation Scholarship for study at the School of American Ballet in New York City under the direction of George Balanchine. In New York, Ms. Thompson studied with Stanley Williams, Alexandra Danilova and Finis Jung. She danced professionally with Natalia Makarova and Company, Ballet Michigan and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Intrigued by Mateo’s vision of a new model for an American ballet organization, she joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as a dancer in 1986, where she created many solo and principal roles, and began teaching in the school. In the decades that followed, Ms. Thompson has served Ballet Theatre as re-stager of Mateo’s works, senior faculty member and ballet mistress.