Naomi Tate

The Ballet Chorus of the Opera Populaire

Naomi Tate, (nee Sorkin), one of America’s leading classical and dramatic dancers, began her career at the age of fourteen. Her father, Leonard Sorkin, the distinguished violinist, was the creator of the Chicago-based Fine Arts String Quartet.

Still in her early teens she was invited to join The American Ballet Theatre, distinguishing herself as one of their leading soloists, performing worldwide. Naomi left the American Ballet Theatre to star in The Eliot Feld Ballet. She has performed her own solo concert in Chicago. New York, London and Munich. She danced in the debut season of the New World Ballet receiving critical acclaim in the American premiere of Lyn Seymour’s Rashomom. Naomi’s collaboration with Lyn Seymour led her to recommend Naomi to Lindsay Kemp. Subsequently she created the role of Ballerina for Naomi in his Nijinsky, which toured Italy and was performed at Sadler’s Wells. Following these performances, Naomi starred in Joseph Papp’s production Swan Lake Minnesota which premiered at the National Film Theatre in 1986. Naomi recently made her acting debut in the American play Never Never Land in London. She is married to English actor Peter Tate.

Born in Tunbridge Wells where she started dancing at an early age with Dorothy Comber. At the age of 10 she went away to Elmhurst Ballet School where she trained for six years and at 15 was awarded the Adelaide Genee silver medal. Danced with the National Ballet of Portugal for one year before joining the London City Ballet where she has danced as a soloist for six years. touring around Britain, Europe and Scandinavia.