Robert (Bobby) Wesner
Bobby Wesner first performed in his church choir as a boy. Before any official training in anything he would perform for his father’s barnyard animals singing anything they would request. They later returned the favor by winning him Grand Champion Market Hog in the Ashland County Fair! The money earned would afford him an audition tour, which would prove quite profitable career wise. Bobby's hog money helped score him a job with Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Michael Uthoff (now Ib Anderson). During his stay in Phoenix, he had the honor of working with American Classics such as Fredrick Franklin, Daniel Ezralow, Moses Pendelton of Momix, the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus, Kevin O'Day, Jowole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Woman, and his wife Brooke Wesner. Other great masterpieces that Wesner has performed are the "Profiteer" in The Green Table by Kurt Joss; "Iago" in The Moor's Pavane by Jose Limon; "Tico" in Company B by Paul Taylor, (also in Taylor's Esplanade); three works of Anthony Tudor: Lilac Garden, Leaves are Fading and Continuo; and The Jester in Earnst Uthoff's Carmina Burana. Independently, Wesner has traveled and performed with various companies all over the northeast region of the US and in Italy. Bobby and Brooke are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters, Genevieve, Ella, Mekah, and Arowyn. The Wesners live in Ashland, Ohio and have been involved in much of the dance activity in North Central Ohio including Verb Ballets, Ashland Regional Ballet, Dancing Wheels, Ballet Theatre of Ohio, and of course Neos Dance Theatre of which they co-founded in 2004. Their two oldest daughters recently took market hogs to the Ashland County Fair. Genevieve won second place in Showmanship.