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Ted Kivitt

Ted Kivitt Associate Professor of Dance
(Ballet, Ballet Partnering)

Ted Kivitt, a native of Florida, joined American Ballet Theatre and within six years he rose from the corps to the ranks of soloist and principal dancer. He performed all over the United States and internationally as a noted classical dancer in the ballets Swan Lake and Giselle, among others, and partnered ballerinas Cynthia Gregory, Eleanor d’Antuono, Lupe Serrano, Carla Fracci, and Natalia Makarova. He performed on television and at the White House for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson as well as a command performance for President Carter.

Mr. Kivitt has always had an exceptionally strong technique. For example, in the leading role in Lander’s Etudes in the finale, he has been known to execute the phenomenal number of eight double tours en l’air without preparation. “In addition to brilliant technique there is a particular honesty to his dancing that is most endearing.”

Following his ABT career, Mr. Kivitt performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, where he met and married the prima ballerina Michelle Lucci. Mr. Kivitt went on to be artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, where he brought more than 50 of the world’s finest works from the classical, contemporary, modern, and Americana repertories to the company. He has also served on national dance panels for Dance USA and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Kivitt is a tenured member of the ballet faculty of the Conservatory of Dance. In 2008, he taught and choreographed at the Nan Yang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore as part of the exchange agreement between KNUA and Purchase College.

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