Alumni, Arts, Upper School

Mark Morris Dancer Performs and Teaches at Northwest School

Northwest School alumni Aaron Loux ’05, a principal dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, returned to The Northwest School for a special solo performance before students and faculty on Tuesday, November 23, 2015. Aaron also took the time to guest teach several NWS dance classes, sharing his talents and perspective with students.

“It is an honor to have Aaron come back and share his professional journey with our students,” says Ellie Sandstrom, chair of the Northwest School Dance Department.

According to Aaron, his experience in high school was formative and he was pleased to visit Northwest as a guest teacher.

“The Northwest School taught me to express myself clearly, to approach new information with a critical eye, and to examine multiples sides of every situation,” says Aaron, who attended NWS from 6th-12th grades. “At Northwest, what made us different from each other was celebrated, and we were taught that our differences enriched the community.”

Aaron visited several NWS dance classes, including Upper School Creative Dance, where he taught students a short selection from his most recent performance. Then, during the Community Meeting performance, he invited the class up to perform with him.

“In Mark Morris’ work, solos are not very important,” says Aaron, who was in Seattle for a three-night run of performances at the Moore Theatre. “It is always about the ensemble dance: a group of people dancing in community.”

Aaron grew up in Seattle and began dancing at the Creative Dance Center as a member of Kaleidoscope, a youth modern dance company. He began his classical training at the Cornish College Preparatory Dance Program and received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 2009. He danced at The Metropolitan Opera and with Arc Dance Company before joining Mark Morris Dance Group in 2010. The New York Times dance critic recently recognized Aaron’s work as one of the 10 best performances by a male dancer in 2014.