Kevin McKenzie - Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie 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. He was appointed a Principal Dancer the following December and danced with the Company until 1991. A native of Vermont, Mr. McKenzie received his ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1972, Mr. McKenzie was awarded a silver medal at the Sixth International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
As a Principal Dancer with ABT, Mr. McKenzie danced leading roles in all of the major full-length classics and leading roles in many repertory ballets. He created 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 has appeared as a guest artist 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. 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 Zamaria and Liszt Etudes, both for Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet, Lucy and The Count for The Washington Ballet, and Transcendental Etudes (Liszt Etudes retitled), the full-length classic The Nutcracker and, in collaboration with Susan Jones, Don Quixote for American Ballet Theatre.
More information on the American Ballet Theatre website.