Ballet dancer is Juilliard’s new chief. That’s bold

press statement:

NEW YORK, May 10 — The Juilliard School announced today that it has selected Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, artistic director of Vail Dance Festival, and former principal dancer at New York City Ballet, to serve as its seventh president beginning July 2018.

Woetzel, 49, was chosen after an extensive search process led by a board-appointed search committee and Board Chair Bruce Kovner in consultation with faculty, student, and staff representatives. Juilliard’s current and longest-serving president, Joseph W. Polisi, announced in October that he will be stepping down at the end of June 2018…

Woetzel, who turns 50 next week, retired in 2008 from an illustrious career as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and was celebrated internationally for his performances across a wide range of repertory. In addition to his positions at the Aspen Institute and Vail Dance Festival, Woetzel is also an independent director, choreographer, and producer.

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  • Congratulations, Damian! You will take our beloved school successfully well into the 21st century!

    • Congratulations this is we’ll deserved!
      Best Wishes
      Break a Leg! PaulZ, Juilliard Attendy

  • Very unusual choice! My alma mater, New England Conservatory, is currently searching for new president. Wonder who they’ll pick.

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