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Cynthia Harvey

Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of ballet’s 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 of the Royal Ballet. With The Royal Ballet, Miss Harvey danced an array of Ashton and Mac Millan ballets, and was honoured to be the first Odette/Odile, in Sir Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, currently in the repertoire of the Royal Ballet. Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and with numerous companies and partners before retiring in 1996.

On video, Ms Harvey appears as Kitri opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in his production of Don Quixote, in ABT Live from the MET-dancing a solo from Paquita in Natalia Makarova’s “The Ballerina”, the “Waltz” in Les Sylphides, and, in the documentary, “Tchaikovsky’s Women” for Britain’s Channel 4.  She is a featured artist in the Fred Weismann documentary on The American Ballet Theatre.

Miss Harvey has been guest teacher for The American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, The Elmhurst School in Birmingham, England as well as Il Balletto in Castelfranco, Italy, The Bartholin Seminars in Copenhagen and Daria Klimentova’s Prague Masterclasses.

Co-author of “Physics of Dance & the Pas de deux”, she has been guest teacher for several schools and companies.  Outside of teaching and coaching she helped re-stage a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2008 for Den Norske Ballett and in 2009 was asked to then stage, for the same company, her own production of the ballet Giselle. In October 2010, Miss Harvey staged her own complete version of The Sleeping Beauty for the Hong Kong Ballet.

As a sought after teacher and jury member, Miss Harvey has served on several competitions-amongst them, teacher at The Prix de Lausanne and The Rosetta Mauri Competition and juror at The Tanzolymp in Berlin and the First International Competition in Sitges, Spain.

Miss Harvey has served 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 from around the world gather to discuss issues relating to improving life for ballet companies and schools. She recently stepped down as the standards assessor for The Council for Dance Education and Training in the U.K.

2011 has seen Miss Harvey as guest teacher and guest ballet mistress for
The Semperöper Ballett, Dresden-The Finnish National Ballet, The Norwegian National Ballet and The Australian Ballet. This year Miss Harvey was principal guest teacher for the English National Ballet School.