Joseph Nygren Cox
Faculty, Junior, Senior & Adult Divisions
Joseph Nygren Cox is a native Austinite and one of the founding partners of Capital City Ballet. He was Co-Director of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet from 2016 – 2020 and continues serving as an Adjunct Professor of Dance with Austin Community College. Mr. Cox trained for ten years and danced professionally with Eugene Slavin and Alexandra Nadal at Ballet Austin/Austin Civic Ballet. Additionally, he performed with Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and most notably as a principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet. Over his twenty-five year performing career, Mr. Cox grew intimately familiar with the classical ballet canon and numerous masterworks of the 20th century, and he worked closely with some of the great icons in the dance world, including Sir Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Nicholas “Papa” Beriosoff, Andre Prokovsky, and Wendy Whelan.
Previously, Mr. Cox taught ballet technique and dance history as Professor of Dance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and served as a guest ballet master for Ballet Arkansas. He has also directed the second company of the Cincinnati Ballet (CBII), was on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and served as ballet master for productions with the Cincinnati Opera and The Carnegie Theatre of Northern Kentucky. He has staged works for international choreographers Val Caniparoli of the San Francisco Ballet and Christopher Fleming of the New York City Ballet. Mr. Cox and his wife, Kimberly Nygren Cox, were the founding directors of the Crossing Lines Project, a team of professional performers dedicated to sharing dance with student artists from around the state of Kentucky. His international credits include performing and teaching engagements in Cuba and Alberta, Canada.
Mr. Cox is a choreographer whose work has been seen on the stages of the Louisville Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Dayton Ballet, Louisville’s Moving Collective, Austin Contemporary Ballet, and in other venues. Mr. Cox holds an M.F.A. in Dance from The University of Iowa and has earned numerous honors for his artistic accomplishments, including the 2009 Kentucky Arts Council “Al Smith” Fellowship for Choreography, the 2011 Iowa Arts Fellowship, and a Governor’s commission as a Kentucky Colonel.