AO has been artistic director for Santa Fe Festival Balllet, Ballet Pro Musica, Ballet Repertory Theatre of NM, Ballet Theatre of Maryland (interim) and Ballet Wichita.
AO served as ballet master for Ballet Idaho under the artistic directorship of Peter Anastos from 2008-2018
Choreography has been part of AO's life since graduation from the Palucca School Dresden in 1987. He co-choreographed The 7 Deadly Sins, Les Noces and Eugene Onegin during his time at the German National Theater in Weimar between 1987 and 1991. His work is known to be engaging, musical and not without humor.
AO was trained under full government sholarship at the Palucca Schule Dresden in formerly East Germany from 1979-1987. He then joined the ballet company of the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and danced there from 1987-1991.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, AO moved to Bordeaux, France, where he performed with Ballet Theatre de Bordeaux under the artistic direction of Paolo Bortoluzzi.
After an extensive tour through the United States of America, AO decided to stay in this country to pursue his career as choreographer and teacher in 1995. He danced with Nevada Dance Theatre from 1995-1996 before co-founding Santa Fe Festival Ballet in 1997. When Santa Fe Festival Ballet became the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, AO joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a dancer in 2000.
In 2001, AO was a co-founder of the Atlantic Southeast Ballet in Charleston, SC and served as resident choreographer until the tragic demise of the company in the same year. He pursued his free lance career as teacher, choreographer and artistic advisor until 2004, including being the interim artistic director for Ballet Theatre of Maryland. He co-founded Ballet Pro Musica in 2004, being presented by the Savannah Music Festival and in Collaboration with Daniel Hope and the Beaux Arts String Trio.
Since his arrival in the US, AO has been teaching countless students of all ages and levels. He has a keen sense for a logical, friendly and effective approach to the teaching and coaching of classical ballet vocabulary
To survive in the ballet world in the US or, for that matter anywhere, it takes more than good intentions and skill to succeed. It also takes the trust and courage of dance schools and studios to be able to constantly work, create an income and be able to improve and perfect ones skills.
To everyone of the countless schools, their owners and their students in the US and Canada, a heartfelt and humble acknowledgement:
Deborah Case Dance Academy/Rio Grande Valley Ballet, McAllen, TX
Ballet Repertory Theatre of NM, Albuquerque, NM
Dance Theatre of the Southwest/Festival Ballet Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
The New Mexico Ballet, Albuquerque, NM
Columbia Dance, Vancouver, WA
Pro Arte, Vancouver, BC
and many, many others