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(65) Kevin McKenzie, American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director

This week we have the pleasure of being joined Kevin McKenzie, American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director.   A native of Vermont, McKenzie recieved his ballet trianing from the Washington School of Ballet.  He was a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and the National Ballet of Washington before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1979 as Read More

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(51) Part III: Edward Villella, Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet

Welcome to our third and final installment with Edward Villella, founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet and former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet.  Today Edward talks at length about the founding of Miami City Ballet, what he learned from Balanchine about being an Artistic Director, and how he kept his dancers Read More

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(41) Patricia Barker, Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet

This week we are pleased to welcome Patricia Barker, Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet and former Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer.  Patricia began her ballet training in Richland, WA and later studied at the Boston Ballet School and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  Patricia is regarded as one of the world’s most gifted ballerinas Read More

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(36) Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet

Today we are joined by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.  After completing his training at the School of American Ballet, Peter became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1983 and was promoted in Principal in 1989. While still dancing with the companu dancing, from 1997-2005 Mr. Boal also served Read More

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(22) Julie Kent, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet

This week we are joined by Julie Kent, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet.  Ms Kent danced with American Ballet Theater for over 30 years, 22 of those as a Principal Dancer, and is one of the company’s most celebrated performers.  She retired from the stage in 2015 to a 23 minute standing ovation.  She then went Read More