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Damian Woetzel

President, The Juilliard School; Artistic Director, Vail Dance Festival

Damian Woetzel is president of The Juilliard School and artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival. Since retiring in 2008 from a 20-year career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and international guest artist, Woetzel’s arts leadership roles include director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program from 2011 to 2018, directing the DEMO series at the Kennedy Center, and the White House Dance Series hosted by Michelle Obama. He was founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works grants program and advised the Alphadyne Foundation on grants to support artists during the COVID pandemic. A visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School, he served on President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities from 2009 to 2017, received the 2015 Harvard Arts Medal, and serves on the boards of New York City Center, Sing for Hope, and Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance.

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