The Directors

Natasha Middleton
Artistic Director/Choreographer
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Natasha Middleton was born into a ballet legacy. Her grandmother danced with the Ballet Russes, and her father, Andrei (Bill) Tremaine, with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She was a ballerina with the original Pacific Ballet Theatre, under the direction of the her father. She trained and danced in Los Angeles and in New York with Joffrey II, as well as Europe and Asia performing in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Spartacus, and Carmen. She is the daughter of former San Francisco Opera Soprano, Natalie Garrotto and the niece of the late film star, Yvonne de Carlo (Lily on the Munsters). With music and acting under her belt, Ms. Middleton performed and choreographed in many musicals, operas, television and theater plays.  As an actress she studied in Los Angeles under film director Don Richardson.  She traveled much of the world studying many forms of cultural dancing, art design and contemporary and classical theatre.  Ms. Middleton began choreographing professionally on Broadway for Jazz artist Chick Corea and went on the world tour with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock . In 2001, she founded the Media City Ballet company and staged numerous ballets in Los Angeles including Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #3. She has choreographed in the feature film Love Hurts with Carrie Anne-Moss and and such television shows as Hearts Afire with Billy Bob Thornton.  She made history with her production of Men of the Ballet Russe honoring her father and other such Ballet Russe greats as Fredrick Franklin, Mark Platt, George Zoritch, Victor Moreno and Paul Maure. She established the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre in 2012 (named after her father's former company) and went on to direct three years of summer productions at the John Anson Ford Theatre with Axis Mundi, Dance in the USA and The British Beat. Her work placed as one of the Top 10 Dance Performances in California by the Beverly Hills Outlook. Her classical works include: Chopin Pieces, Raymonda, Masquerade, and the staging of Don Quixote. Natasha's latest Contemporary works include: Black Coffee, Searching and the full length Carmen (Tour). Her latest short films: Logan Paul vs. Ballet  and Making the Dance, a film documentary about Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre. Natasha set a new ballet dedicated to the Armenian Genocide called Remember. The ballet brought her critical acclaim. 

Ruben Tonoyan
Master Ballet Coach

Ruben Tonoyan is the Master Ballet Coach for the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre. He was a soloist with the Armenian National Opera Ballet for 23 years. He began his training at the age of eight with the Armenian National Academy of Ballet. He continued his training at the Kirov Ballet School and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, he returned to his native Armenia where he danced numerous ballets, including the leading role of Armen in Khachaturian’s Gayane, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrect in Giselle and continued touring around the world performing in such ballets as Giselle, Carmen, Swan Lake, Othello, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.  He has also performed with the National TV Contemporary Ballet for several years. He moved to Los Angeles in 2000. Ruben retired from dancing and began teaching ballet and staging for Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre the ballets Giselle pas de deux, as well as selections from Spartacus and Gayane which brought him critical acclaim. Ruben was also the coach to the principals in the ballets Don Quixote, Chopin Pieces and Carmen.