Kevin McKenzie (dancer)
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Kevin McKenzie (born 1954, Burlington, Vermont) is an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre since 1991, working alongside ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett.
He began his ballet instruction at the O'Brien School of Dance in South Burlington, Vermont before attending the Washington School of Ballet. He studied with Maggie Black. He has received awards such as the Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition in Bulgaria. He danced with companies including The Washington Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet.
He is noted for his performances in La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and The Leaves are Fading. He was appointed a permanent guest artist with The Washington Ballet. He has choreographed his own version of Transcendental Etudes, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. McKenzie is married to former ABT principal dancer Martine van Hamel.
- Don Quixote (staging)
- The Nutcracker
- Swan Lake (staging)
- Transcendental Etudes
- The Sleeping Beauty (staging and additional choreography)
- Silver Medal from the Sixth International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria
- Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont (1993)
- Dance Magazine Award (1999)
McKenzie has also appeared in two Emmy Award winning broadcasts: The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Manticore (1970) and in American Ballet Theatre's Le Corsaire (1998), both for PBS's Dance in America series. Dance in America has also telecast McKenzie's production of Swan Lake, in 2005. He is interviewed during the intermission.
- John Rockwell (21 May 2006). "Kevin McKenzie Keeps American Ballet Theater in a State of Permanent Renewal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
- Paula Routly (7 November 2012). "Kevin McKenzie, Burlington's Billy Elliot, Comes Home to Take a Bow". Seven Days. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
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