ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus
Former Artistic Director, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
As a performer, Franco De Vita danced principal roles in many European companies, including with Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie, in ballets choreographed by Van Dyk, Skibine, Garcia, Balanchine, Tudor, Tedley and Bournonville among others.
When he retired from the stage, Mr. De Vita earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education. Mr. De Vita has taught for ABT Studio Company, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ailey School and Hartford Ballet.
Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has also been an adjudicator for YAGP and The Prix de Lausanne. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School and has been guest teacher for The Basel Ballet School, Virginia School of the Arts, Peridance International, Dance Connecticut, Dance Educators of America, Youth America Grand Prix and for Alberta Ballet Company and School.