American Ballet Theatre
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Faculty Biography

Franco De Vita

Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

As a performer, Franco De Vita danced principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie, in ballets choreographed by Van Dyk, Skibine, Garcia, Balanchine, Tudor, Tedley and Bournonville among others. He also performed in musical comedies and operettas. When he retired from the stage, Mr. De Vita earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education. Mr. De Vita has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ailey School and Hartford Ballet. Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has also been an adjudicator for YAGP and The Prix de Lausanne. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School. Under Mr. De Vita’s leadership: The ABT JKO School reach international acclaim honored as best ballet school in the world, and has toured to the United Kingdom, Italy, and Russia; The ABT JKO School has been featured in several ABT opening night galas at the Metropolitan Opera House and in a ballet especially created by the world-renowned choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky; ABT JKO School graduates are dancing in ABT and in many of the world’s top ballet companies; and the ABT JKO School became a Partner School of The Prix de Lausanne.

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