Evette DeMarco Swinson began her ballet training in Riverside with Mary Lynn Waterman and Clinton Rothwell of the National Ballet of Canada. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship from the School of American Ballet at the age of 12 and studied with the Harkness House for Ballet Arts with David Howard in New York at the age of 15.
After returning from New York, she joined the Los Angeles Ballet at the age of 15 under the direction of John Clifford, former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, where she danced professionally from 1974 until 1985. She was also a Principal Dancer with Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, South Coast Ballet, and California Riverside Ballet under the direction of David Allen. She has performed as a guest artist with many Southern California companies, in movies and on tv, and has shared the stage with such celebrated artists as Merrill Ashley, Gelsey Kirkland, Alicia Alonzo, Darci Kistler, Peter Martins, Jorge Esquival, Damian Woetzel and John Clifford, and danced professionally for over 20 years.
She began teaching at Inland Dance Academy (formerly known as Noerr Dance Academy) in 1985. Upon retiring from dancing in 1996, she has continued to teach at many Southern California schools including the University of California Irvine, DeFore Foundation for the Arts, and California Riverside Ballet Company. Evette has also been a guest teacher for Ballet Prejlocage of France and Rambert Ballet of England. She has also coached professional dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and The New York City Ballet.
In the year 2000, she became owner of Inland Dance Academy and has devoted her career to training Inland Empire students who go on to pursue careers in all areas of dance. Inland Dance Academy alumni have become members of various professional companies including the San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet, Ballet Met, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Inland Pacific Ballet.
Evette has been Ballet Mistress/Choreographer for Inland Dance Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker for over 28 years as well as Artistic Director for Inland Dance Theatre’s Coppelia.
She has directed numerous “Young Artists’ Showcase” productions, featuring the students of Inland Dance Academy. In 2012 Evette created a new full length ballet “Alice in Wonderland” which received rave reviews.