Come the end of Ballet Arizona’s 2023-2024 season, Artistic Director Ib Andersen will be retiring from his position as the head of the Phoenix-based ballet company that he has led for the past 23 years.
Due to the significant contributions he has made to the Ballet Arizona organization, Andersen has been voted Artistic Director Emeritus effective following the transition to new leadership.
“Since Ib joined Ballet Arizona in 2000, we have marveled at his ability to create masterful pieces and bring to life his unique vision,” said Mike Bolar, chair of the Ballet Arizona Board. “Ballet Arizona greatly appreciates Ib for his immense contributions over the last 23 years.”
Born in Denmark, Ib Andersen began his career as a student at Royal Danish Ballet where his talents were notably recognized when he was promoted to principal dancer at the age of twenty, becoming the youngest ever in the renowned company’s history.
His success continued when George Balanchine invited him to join New York City Ballet where he danced for ten years. Throughout his decade there, Andersen danced in over sixty ballets including Ballade, Davidsbündlertänze, and Mozartiana for which principal roles were choreographed for him by Balanchine.
Although his title will change in the second half of 2024, Andersen will not be leaving the ballet space altogether.
Ballet Arizona has engaged a well-regarded national search firm to identify potential successors who can build on the strong foundation that Ib Andersen has created as Artistic Director.
“Anyone who appreciates dance knows it is about building greatness from greatness and strength upon strength. It is about renewal and rebirth. This transition year is a time to celebrate all that Ib has brought to Ballet Arizona while we plan for our continued success in the future,” said Jami Kozemczak, Executive Director of Ballet Arizona.
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