(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 a soloist.  He would go on to dance with the company as a Principal dancer until 1991.  During his time with the company he danced many leading roles including  Don Jose in “Carmen”, Albrecht in “Giselle”, and Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet.” In 1989 McKenzie was  appointed Artistic Associate at The Washington Ballet where he was a permanent guest artist,  and he also acted as Associate Artistic Director of New Amsterdam Ballet.  In October of 1992, he was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, where he would go on to choreograph many works on the company.  This year, the company is celebrating his 25th year as Artistic Director, so we were happy to get the opportunity to take a look back over his career, and the past 25 years with ABT.

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