Nina Ananiashvili Final Performance June 27, 2009
Nina Bows as Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie Applauds
Kevin McKenzie trained at the Washington School of Ballet and in 1972 was awarded a Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He danced with both the National Ballet of Washington and The Joffrey Ballet before joining ABT as a Soloist in March 1979. He was appointed Principal Dancer later in the year and danced with ABT until 1991. He danced leading roles in all of the full length classics. He danced as a guest artist throughout the world and was appointed a permanent guest artist with The Washington Ballet in 1989. In 1991, he was appointed 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.
McKenzie was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre in 1992. The New York Times has an interesting article commemorating his 20 years in that role.
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