NYCB’s Woetzel Named New Juilliard President
While The Juilliard School’s Dance Division is often considered the pinnacle of higher-ed dance training, a dancer has never held the school’s top job. As of next summer, that will no longer be the case.
Juilliard announced in May that former New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel will serve as the school’s seventh president beginning in July 2018. This is Woetzel’s latest appointment in a post-performance administrative career that has included serving as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, both in Colorado.
Juilliard, founded in 1905, offers degrees in dance, drama, and music. Board chairman Bruce Kovner told the Washington Post that the board was impressed by Woetzel’s career and educational credentials (he has a master’s degree in public administration), as well as his “optimistic, open, and inclusive sense of the future of music, dance, theater, and other arts.”
In other Juilliard news, the Dance Division’s incoming freshman class will include five 2017 graduates from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. Todd Baker, Kade Cummings, Michael Garcia, Ricardo Hartley, and Zane Unger will all attend Juilliard in the fall, confirmed Booker T. representative Sharon Modabberi-Cornell. Juilliard accepts 12 male and 12 female dance students each year.