Cameron Basden

Director of Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Professional Dancer, Dallas Ballet and Joffrey Ballet; Ballet Master and Co-Associate Director for The Joffrey Ballet (1993-2008)


Cameron Basden has been in a variety of positions in her dance career. With her extensive experience working in the professional and non-professional dance world, she brings passion and spirit to her art, as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes. As Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts she is committed to building and promoting the future generation of dancers and individuals through passion, excellence, creativity and skill development.

At Interlochen, Ms. Basden has grown the number of dance students to capacity. She is committed to live music, establishing collaborations with professional and non-professional musicians. Staying connected to the world, Ms. Basden has traveled with the dance division to New York as part of The Martha Graham University showcase, toured to Chicago, represented Interlochen in Washington, DC and Singapore, built an exchange program with Paris, and participates in numerous competitions and festivals.

Promoting a ballet-based foundation augmented with other techniques necessary in todays dance market, Ms. Basden regularly brings in a variety of guests from the professional dance community. The division performs traditional works by Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Petipa, Tharp and Fosse. Ms. Basden has initiated collaborations with Gina Patterson including visual art, singer–songwriter and dance, DanceWorks Chicago, worked with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and connects regularly with other disciplines. Ms. Basden has initiated distance learning opportunities and seminars. She has developed a new rubrics system of assessment for dance.

Ms. Basden danced professionally with The Joffrey Ballet before becoming ballet master and co-associate director of that company. She worked with all major choreographers and was a muse for Gerald Arpino in the creation of his ballets. She is a board member and repetitieur for the Arpino Foundation and stages Arpino as well as other works. Ms. Basden conceived and brought to fruition the first Joffrey Summer Intensive leading to the development of a Joffrey Academy in Chicago. She worked on the PBS filming for their Dance in America series of The Joffrey's production of Billboards, and oversaw the filming and staging of the ballets in Save the Last Dance. In 2003, she portrayed herself in Robert Altman's movie, The Company.