Choreographer, teacher, dancer, Margot Mink Colbert is an emeritus professor of ballet and choreography in the Department of Dance. Her artistic career spans the professional, independent, and academic milieus. She has choreographed more than 70 original ballets in styles ranging from classical to post modern, including theatrical, site specific, and video-dance works. The founder and director of Ballet Mink, Inc., her choreography encompasses works drawn from literature (Alice In Wonderland, Golem, Little Prince), original scenarios (Rice In My Socks, L’Hotel du Chevre, Domestic Flight), abstract works (Today!!?, Colour of Eyes, Cityscape, Catch As Catch Can), site specific works (Arrival, Dance Performance in the Capitol Rotunda) and collaborations with theatre, opera, and music ensembles.
Colbert, a native New Yorker, trained in Russian ballet as a child, attended New York’s High School of Performing Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet and Modern Dance Performance from the Juilliard School of Music. Her ballet training includes extensive work with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino, in Cecchetti with Margaret Craske, and in the Bournonville technique as studied in Copenhagen. Her modern dance training is primarily with Martha Graham, Jose Limon and in composition she studied under Louis Horst, Merce Cunningham and Lucia D’Lugocezski. Mink Colbert is a certified instructor of Labanotation.
Mink Colbert is the recipient of the many grants including National Endowment for the Arts/Nevada Arts Council Artists Fellowship Grant in recognition of outstanding choreographic work in 2005 and 2011, UNLV Faculty Opportunity Award for the restaging of “L’Après Midi d’un Faune” and in 2015 UNLV Office of Sponsored Programs for her innovative project “100 years and Beyond, Contemporary Ballet in the Making,” for restaging ballets by St. Léon (1844), Fokine (1909) and Tudor (1952). She has made several video works including a documentary on movement arts in Russia for which she won a URGF award. Her choreographic work is regularly performed in the US and Europe by Ballet Mink.