American Ballet Theatre
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Faculty Biography

Raymond Lukens

Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum

Raymond Lukens had an international career as a ballet dancer. As a performer, Mr. Lukens toured extensively and danced in works choreographed by Nijinska, Van Dyk, Balanchine, Petipa and Bournonville, among others. When he retired from the stage, Mr. Lukens earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and a Fellowship of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the UK. He created the syllabi for the ABT/New York University Masters Degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Currently, he is faculty member of the ABT JKO School. Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens was Director of Boston Ballet II, and ballet master for Boston Ballet, and for the ballet companies in Hartford, Cincinnati and Calgary’s Alberta Ballet. He has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem. Together with Franco De Vita, Mr. Lukens directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has taught and judged for international dance competitions including YAGP; translated into Italian Joan Lawson’s book, Ballet Class; and has written several articles. Lukens has choreographed in United States and abroad, including two televised UNICEF galas, Veils for Intermezzo Ballet Company, for Boston Ballet II, ABT Studio Company and for ABT’s Opening Night Galas at the Metropolitan Opera House season featuring the ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School dancers. Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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