Boleyn Willis-Zeger

Founder & Director

Ballet, Adult Ballet, Pointe, Jazz

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Boleyn H. Willis-Zeger began her dance training at age 5 in Durham NC, studying ballet with Adrianna Ciompi. She continued at New Performing Dance Company on scholarship, and in 1978 was granted apprenticeship to the company.

In 1979 Boleyn entered NYU School of the Arts, Theater & Dance Department and studied ballet with Lawrence Rhodes, modern with Linda Tarnay , Feldenkrais with Moshe Feldenkrais and studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute with Geoffrey Horne and Hope Arthur. While living in New York City she studied Cunningham Technique at Merce Cunningham Studio, Isadora Duncan dance technique with Lori Bellilove and ballet with Nadine Revene, Madame Darvash, Francis Patrelli, Dick Andros and Kat Wildish. Also while in NYC she danced professionally with Carolyn Turnage and Dancers and performed with The Divine Comedy Theatre and other Off-Off-Broadway theater groups. 

In 1981 Boleyn went to work for the King’s Head Theatre Club in London England where she was Production Stage Manager for the theatre under Dan Crawford. Upon her return to NYC, she worked for Manhattan Theatre Club as an assistant stage manager while continuing her dance training. Returning to NC Ms. Willis-Zeger joined, and was a company manager and a long-standing member of “Sisters: Women of Common Ancestry” and attended North Carolina State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in social work. 

She was the resident choreographer for Long Leaf Opera from 2003 – 2012 and has choreographed for theatre and dance companies in North Carolina, New York City and London, England. Boleyn has taught ballet and pointe all over the Triangle, most notably at Bounds Dance Studio, North Carolina Dance Institute, Ninth Street Dance and Walltown Children’s Theater (where she also taught acting). Boleyn is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 8 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Click here to see more about this curriculum . Boleyn loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with dancers and non-dancers of all ages and has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She looks forward to working with your dancer!