Mr. Ron Cunningham is a choreographer of distinction and has created over seventy-five ballets for the international stage. His ballets have received critical acclaim in cities around the world, and his Cinderella was the first American ballet to be seen in the People’s Republic of China, being televised to over thirty million viewers. For thirteen years, Mr. Cunningham was a principal dancer, resident choreographer and ballet master for the Boston Ballet. He has received multiple state and national fellowships, the prestigious Sacramento Mayor’s Award, and has been commissioned to create original works by seven state arts councils. Under his direction since 1988, the Sacramento Ballet has added 15 full-length ballets, 18 Balanchine masterworks, 40 Sacramento premieres, and 38 world premieres, and constantly receives outstanding reviews for its artistic quality. Mr. Cunningham is married to artistic director Ms. Carinne Binda and they have two grown children, Christopher and Alexandra.
Carinne Binda’s career began with the Boston Ballet where she quickly emerged from the corps de ballet to the rank of soloist. She has been highly praised for her interpretations in leading roles of Balanchine repertory, and her performances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and especially, as the title role in Cinderella have thrilled audiences from Boston to China. She has had many roles created especially for her and has won praise from audiences and critics throughout more than a dozen international tours.
Ms. Binda was ballet mistress for the Boston Ballet and personal assistant to artistic director and legendary ballerina, Violette Verdy. Her precision and fine coaching has been highly praised and she has coached The Sacramento Ballet principal dancers into the final round of the International Competition in Paris.