| KEVIN MCKENZIE|
native of Vermont, Kevin McKenzie received his ballet training
at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1972, Mr. McKenzie was
awarded a Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition
in Varna, Bulgaria. He was a leading dancer with both the National
Ballet of Washington and The Joffrey Ballet before joining American
Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in March 1979. Mr. McKenzie was
appointed a Principal Dancer the following December and danced
with the Company until 1991.
As a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Mr. McKenzie
danced leading roles in all of the major full-length classics
including Solor in La Bayadère,
Don Jose in Carmen, the Prince in
Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of the full-length Cinderella,
Franz in Coppélia, the Gentleman
With Her in Dim Lustre, Basil and
Espada in Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding),
Albrecht in Giselle, a leading role
in The Garden of Villandry, Her
Lover in Jardin aux Lilas, the leading
role in The Leaves Are Fading, the
Friend in Pillar of Fire, the leading
role in Raymonda (Grand Pas Hongrois),
a featured role in Requiem, the
Champion Roper in Rodeo, Romeo and
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Prince
Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince
Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in
La Sylphide and the leading roles
in Other Dances, Paquita,
Les Sylphides, the Sylvia
Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations.
He created the role of Amnon in Martine van Hamel's Amnon
V'Tamar and a leading role in Clark Tippet's S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.
During his performing career, Mr. McKenzie performed as a guest
artist in cities throughout the world, including Spoleto, Italy,
Paris, London, Tokyo, Havana, Moscow, Vienna and Korea, dancing
with, among others, the London Festival Ballet, the Bolshoi
Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Universal Ballet
in Seoul. In September 1989, Mr. McKenzie was appointed a permanent
guest artist with The Washington Ballet, and, in 1991, assumed
the position of Artistic Associate of that company. He has also
acted as Associate Artistic Director of, and a choreographer
with, Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet.
Mr. McKenzie was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet
Theatre in October 1992. His choreographic credits include Groupo
Zamboria (1984) and Liszt Études,
now called Transcendental Études,
(1991), both for Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet, Lucy
and the Count (1992) for The Washington Ballet, and the
full-length classic The Nutcracker
(1993), Don Quixote (1995), in collaboration
with Susan Jones, a new production of Swan
Lake (2000) and a new production of The Sleeping
Beauty (2007), with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov,
all for American Ballet Theatre.
Chief Executive Officer
former member of ABT’s corps de ballet from 1984-1988, Rachel
S. Moore was named Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre
in April 2004. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director
of Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (2001-04). From
1998-2001, Moore served as Executive Director of Project STEP, a
classical music school for students of color in Boston and Managing
Director of Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has also held senior positions
with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance,
both in Washington, D.C.
She has served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the
Arts and the New Jersey State Arts Council and served as an advisor
to the Diversity Committee at Boston Symphony Orchestra.
She currently serves as the Vice President of the board of Dance/USA,
serves as a director for the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda
and as a member of the Child Performer Advisory Board for the New
York State Department of Labor. She is a member of the United States
National Commission for UNESCO, and continues to serve as an advisor
to Project STEP. Moore also serves as a member of the Advisory Board
for the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Moore served as adjunct faculty in the dance department of Emerson
College from 1998-2000 and taught non-profit finance in the Graduate
Program in Arts Administration at Boston University (2000). She
currently teaches in the Arts Administration program at Columbia
During her performing career, Moore served as a member of ABT’s
union committee and chair of the Dancers’ Emergency Fund.
In 1982, was named a White House Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
In 2006, Moore was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women
Leaders and was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia
University’s Teacher’s College. In 2008, she was given
the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Foundation for
Advancement in the Arts. She is a member of the Economic Club of
New York. In April 2010, Moore was elected a member of the Women’s
Forum of New York.
Moore holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Phi
Beta Kappa, Honors (1992); and a Masters in Arts Administration
from Columbia University (1994). In 1990, Moore served as an Arts
Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts and
in 2002 was a Fellow at the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders
in the Arts at Stanford Business School.
Photo of Kevin McKenzie by Fabrizio Ferri.
Photo of Rachel Moore by Jerry Ruotolo.