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Clinton Luckett


Clinton Luckett was a dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 10 years, from 1992-2002.  His professional career spanned 15 years and began at the National Ballet of Canada.  As a dancer he created roles in original works by Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, John Neumeier and James Kudelka among others and appeared in featured roles in most of the full-length ballets in the classical repertoire.  Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he began his dance training there, including studying and performing with Louisville Ballet. After two years of further studies at the National Ballet School in Toronto, he joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1987. In 1992, Luckett came to American Ballet Theatre where he was featured in the works of Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Martha Graham, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris and Antony Tudor.  He appeared on television in the PBS/Dance in America programs ABT Now and Le Corsaire, and in the CBC/Rombus Media productions of Glen Tetley’s Alice and La Ronde.

In 2002, Luckett became the Artistic Associate for the Education and Training Department at ABT.  In that position he worked closely with the ABT Studio Company, was a regular faculty member at the ABT New York Summer Intensives, and also served as a Company Teacher at ABT.  In September 2006, he assumed the position of Ballet Master with the artistic staff of ABT.  Luckett has been a guest teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and taught ballet at New York University.

Luckett performs the roles of the Tutor in Swan Lake, Escalus and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote in Don Quixote, Galifron in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, a Dacha Dweller in The Bright Stream and the Duke in Lady of the Camellias.

Luckett was appointed Assistant Artistic Director in August 2016 and Associate Artistic Director in September 2020.