March 18 | 2:00 & 7:00PM
Academy Center of the Arts
Experience the power of classical favorites and innovative works that have become our legacy. Watch the best of the Ballet’s repertoire by Virginia-native choreographers on the Historic Theatre stage, and join us in celebrating Lynchburg’s own Keith Lee.
|Featuring Live Music in collaboration with these Lynchburg Artists:|
Dr. Kathryn Wert is working with the Ballet to curate duets and a string quartet just for our Legacy audiences:
Christy Lynn (Violin)
Andrea Albers (Violin)
Luca Trombetta (Viola)
Max Foster (Cello)
Dr. Kathryn Wert (Piano and Music Coordinator)
Join us in welcoming these musicians to the historic theatre stage at the Academy Center of the Arts!
Celebrating the 50-year Dance Legacy of Keith Lee
Keith Lee, Resident Choreographer and Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Charlottesville Ballet
Keith Lee hails from the Bronx, NY and began training at the High School of Performing Arts in NYC. In 1969, Mr. Lee was the first Black soloist to join the American Ballet Theatre and he went on to dance with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. His repertory included the choreography of such luminaries as Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Lar Lubovitch, Jerome Robbins, and Antony Tudor, as well as performance credits in theater and broadway musicals. He has served as ballet master for Ailey and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Capitol Ballet, and has been teaching and choreographing for dance companies across the world. Mr. Lee has called Central Virginia home since 1994, and he was named Artist Laureate by the City of Lynchburg where he continues to work as a freelance choreographer, master teacher, and performing arts coordinator. He has shared his vision and 50-year dance legacy with the Charlottesville Ballet since 2008, and he serves as Resident Choreographer and Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the entire organization.