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Julie Kent Biography
Julie Kent is an American ballet dancer. Initially she was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre from 1993 to June 2015. Julie’s farewell role was Juliet (in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet). She was named the artistic director of The Washington Ballet in 2016.
Julie Kent Age
Julie was born in 1969 in Bethesday, Maryland. She is 50 years old as of 2019.
Julie Kent Family
Julie was born Julie Cox in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a daughter of an American father and a mother from New Zealand who was a flight attendant and a former ballet dancer. Her early dance training took place under Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She also studied at the American Ballet Theatre II summer school and the School of American Ballet. She took the stage name Julie Kent at the suggestion of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Julie Kent Husband
Kent is married to her husband, The Washington Ballet Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee. They are the parents of a son, William Spencer Barbee, and a daughter, Josephine Violet Barbee.Julie Kent Photos
Julie Kent Career
In 1985 Julie joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice and she became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in 1986. She was promoted to soloist in 1990, and to principal dancer in 1993. Julie is known as a skilled dramatic dancer. Often she was partnered with ABT Principal Ethan Stiefel, even co-starring with him in the film Center Stage.
Julie had a number of roles with the Company which includes; the Girl in Afternoon of a Faun, the title role in Anastasia, Terpsichore and Calliope in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, the third movement in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the title role in Cinderella, Medora in Le Corsaire, the Lady with Him in Dim Lustre, Kitri and the Queen of the Driads in Don Quixote, Titania in The Dream, the Dying Swan, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, the second girl in Fancy Free, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle in Giselle, Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas, Manon in Manon, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tatiana in Onegin, Desdemona in Othello, the pas de deux Other Dances, the pas de deux in Les Patineurs,
Her other roles includes Hagar in Pillar of Fire, the Siren in Prodigal Son, the Ranch Owner’s Daughter in Rodeo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, a Lover in Sin and Tonic, Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Sylvia in Sylvia, the second movement in Symphony in C, the Nocturne and the Prelude in Les Sylphides, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, the Woman in Weren’t We Fools? and leading roles in Ballet Imperial, Dark Elegies, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Gong, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Meadow, Mozartiana, Sinfonietta, “…smile with my heart”, Spring and Fall, Stepping Stones, Symphonie Concertante and Theme and Variations.
Julie created Artemis in Artemis, Sibyl Vane in Dorian, His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter and leading roles in Americans We, Baroque Game, The Brahms/Haydn Variations, Clear, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Cruel World, Getting Closer, Known by Heart, Rigaudon, States of Grace, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Without Words.
Julie Kent Net Worth
Julie has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.