While studying business at the University of Texas Eugene took a recreational ballet class with teacher and, at the time, Artistic Director of Austin Ballet Theater, Stanley Hall. Soon he was supplementing his college studies with classes, rehearsals and performances at Austin Ballet Theater. After graduation, degree in hand and only a couple of years into his auditor job at UT, Eugene left the business world for a chance to pursue a professional career as an artist with Ballet Austin. He danced professionally for seven seasons and rose through the ranks to dance principal roles with fellow company members and now directors of Ballet Austin, Stephen Mills and Michelle Martin. After retiring from his dance career he worked as assistant director of The Texas HIV Connection and business manager for Jackson/Ruiz Salon. Throughout his tenure at Ballet Austin and his transition back into the world of business he volunteered, in just about every capacity imaginable, including a short term as Treasurer, with the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. It was as a volunteer that he really developed his appreciation for the business behind the arts. As the Company Manager for Ballet Austin, he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to blend his knowledge of business and dance to continue his love and support of the arts and artists.