Speaker - Damian Woetzel

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Damian Woetzel was a Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet and frequently performed internationally as a guest star and visiting artist with numerous companies including the Kirov Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, until his retirement from the stage in 2008. Woetzel currently serves as the Director of Arts Programs for the Aspen Institute, the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and as the Founding Director of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program. Woetzel is also active as a director and producer outside these roles. Among his recent projects, Woetzel produced and directed an arts salute to Stephen Hawking at Lincoln Center for the World Science Festival, directed the first performance of the White House Dance Series, which took place in the East Room of the White House and was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, and co-produced the tribute to legendary ballerina Natalia Makarova as part of the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December 2012. Woetzel also works with Yo-Yo Ma on his Silk Road Connect program in the New York City Public Schools, and has twice directed culminating year-end performances; at the Museum of Natural History in 2010, and for the Central Park SummerStage series in 2011. Woetzel was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by President Obama in 2009. In July 2012, Woetzel was honored with the inaugural Gene Kelly Legacy Award - an award jointly created by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Estate of Gene Kelly in honor of the 100th anniversary of Kelly's birth - for his contributions to the arts as a ballet star and director of dance and music performances.

7 Programs

Quincy Jones & His Orchestra Fly With Frank Sinatra

09.19.12 | 00:05:11 min | 0 comments

NBC News Education Nation: Arts in Education

07.02.12 | 01:05:48 min | 0 comments

Bridging Cultures: America and China's Mutual Fascination

06.27.12 | 01:08:37 min | 0 comments

The Arts, and Our Kids

06.30.11 | 00:54:08 min | 0 comments

What’s the Big Idea?

06.30.08 | 00:59:14 min | 1 comment

A Public Radio International Program

07.07.07 | 01:08:57 min | 1 comment

Ballet in America: The State of the Art

07.05.07 | 01:13:41 min | 0 comments