Damian Woetzel, the former New York City Ballet star and subject of a June 2014 WAG profile, has been appointed president of The Juilliard School, effective July 2018.
Woetzel is that rare blend of brains and incandescent talent – the best dancer we’ve ever seen coupled with an administrator with extensive experience and training. Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, both in Colorado, Woetzel holds a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. In 2015, he received the Harvard Arts Medal. From 2009 to 2017, Woetzel served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where he helped create the Turnaround Arts Program, bringing arts education to some of our country’s most underserved school districts.
Then, of course, there is the X factor: Some of our fondest memories are of Woetzel dancing – as a commanding Oberon in George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; princes facing existential crises in Peter Martins’ “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”; and, perhaps most poignantly, as the title role in Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son,” a performance that had grown men in the audience weeping.
All we can say is Juilliard, which has made an imaginative choice, is lucky indeed.
And we are lucky to have Erika Schwartz, MD, WAG’s longtime Wellness columnist, back with us. She is featured in the May issue of Town & Country as one of the top docs leading the forever young and beautiful movement. You can read an excerpt from her new book “The New Hormone Solution” here in WAG . And she’ll be telling us all about the new IV therapy in WAG’s August “Exploring Sports and Rec” issue. We can’t wait to hear what Dr. E, always cutting-edge, has to say.
Last but not least, WAG’s new Where’s Europe columnist, Marta Basso, http://www.wagmag.com/peru-where-the-sky-is-a-river/ will be the next CEO For 1 Month for The Adecco Group in Italy. Marta has been selected from among more than 11,300 candidates to shadow Adecco CEO Andrea Malacridal, accompanying him on each professional activity and living like a real CEO for a month. CEO for 1 Month is now at its third edition and has seen more than 115,000 young professionals involved in the 48 countries.
Ladies and gentleman, hats off to you. – Georgette Gouveia