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

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


norman lebrecht

May 10, 2017

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.


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

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

    • Paul F Zubrodll Final Score Music V LA says:

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

  • boringfileclerk says:

    An unusual choice, but wish him well.

  • DrummerMan says:

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

  • Bacca says:

    Interesting selection. Let’s see where he takes the Juilliard School.

  • Luigi Nonono says:

    He’ll be fine if he’s just there to raise money.

  • NYMike says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the first non-musician in Juilliard’s history to serve.