Nancy Raffa
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Nancy Raffa


Nancy Raffa was born in New York and in 1980 became the youngest and the first female American winner of the Prix de Lausanne. At the age of sixteen, she was accepted as a corps de ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Later, she danced as a soloist with other companies, including Miami City Ballet from 1992 onwards. At this company, she also began her career as a teacher, and in 1994, she became the coordinator of the Summer School at Miami’s New World School of the Arts. Raffa received special teacher awards twice from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and won a scholarship from the United States Information Services to serve as a cultural ambassador and teacher for the ballet company and its associated school in Honduras.

In 2007, Raffa was appointed as a ballet master at American Ballet Theatre. Since then, she has worked closely with Alexei Ratmansky, assisting him multiple times during the creation process and staging his ballets with companies worldwide.

Last update: 11-06-2024