Artistic team of the 2024 Summer Intensive

We are thrilled to announce the artistic team for the 2024 Summer Intensive!

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Cynthia Harvey

Curriculum Vitae

International freelance Teacher
Vice President, British Ballet Organization, from 2023
Co-host of the Prix de Lausanne livestreaming, from 2022
Associate Guest Repetiteur, English National Ballet, from 2023
Classical Teacher, Summer Intensive – European Preselection, from 2023
Former Principal, American Ballet Theatre
Former Principal, Royal Ballet
Classical Teacher, Prix de Lausanne 2009 & 2010
Jury President, Prix de Lausanne 2015
Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, 2016 – 2022

Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of the most versatile and valued artists. Ms Harvey danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and also had the distinction of being invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to be a principal ballerina of the Royal Ballet-the first American dancer to have that honour. Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and numerous, internationally renowned, ballet companies before retiring in 1996.

On DVD, Ms Harvey appears in the title role of Kitri opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in his production of Kitri’s Wedding, Don Quixote , in variations from Paquita and Les Sylphides,  (American Ballet Theatre dances Petipa) and she appears in Natalia Makraova’s documentary, “Ballerina”. She featured in director, Christopher Nupen’s, Channel 4 film titled, “Tchaikowsky’s Women” and is also a featured artist in the Fred Weismann documentary on The American Ballet Theatre. She has also co-authored, Physics and the Pas de Deux.

Ms Harvey helped to re-stage The Sleeping Beauty for The Norwegian National Ballet Company and in 2009 she staged her own complete production of the ballet Giselle for that company to great acclaim. Ms Harvey’s production of Giselle was taken into the repertoire of The Finnish National Ballet Company in 2018. In October 2010, the premiere of her own full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty for The Hong Kong Ballet was well received, and in 2014 Ms Harvey staged a full-length Don Quixote for Singapore Dance Theatre, which was named as one of the years’ best productions by Dance Europe.

Prior to Ms Harvey’s Appointment in 2016 as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Ms. Harvey was in demand as a Guest Teacher and ballet mistress. She has taught for The Australian BalletTeatro alla Scala in Milano, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet, and was a regular guest ballet mistress at the Semperöper Ballett, Dresden, and The Zürich Ballett. She taught periodically at The Royal Ballet School in London as well as the Ballettschule Teatater Basel, and was Principal Guest Teacher for the English National Ballet School. As a sought-after teacher and jury member, Miss Harvey has served several competitions-amongst them, coach, teacher and President of the jury for The Prix de Lausanne, and served on the jury for the following; The Rosetta Mauri Competition, the First International Competition in Sitges, Spain and Dance World Cup Spain as well as the Tanszolymp in Berlin, Germany and the Youth America Grand Prix. Miss Harvey has been on the board of DanceEast, the national agency for dance in England and was a prominent member of the committee that saw major ballet directors and ballet school directors from around the world gather to discuss issues relating to improving life for ballet companies and schools. She stepped down as the standards assessor for The Council for Dance Education and Training in the U.K. in 2010. She is a member of the International Council of Dance. Ms Harvey recently retired as the Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum and JKO School.

In 2021, Ms Harvey formed To the Pointe, International dance consultants, LLP, with David McAllister and Madeleine Onne, to help dance companies evolve to find, recruit and mentor, suitable leaders with vision and skill to help build and support the art form.

Harvey was the recipient of the Cultural Award for contributions to the culture of Brazil in 2019 and the W!SE award for Inspiration and leadership in the Arts in 2022. She received the Artistic Award for Excellence and Extraordinary Career in May 2023 from Dance Open America.