About the Artist
Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta's first and only African-American professional ballet company is a 29 year-old classically trained culturally diverse ballet company that blends traditional ballet with the artistic influences of other ethnic cultures. Co-founders Nena Gilreath, a North Carolina native and UNC School of the Arts alumnus, and her husband Waverly Lucas, are both former dancers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Atlanta Ballet. They share an impressive list of artistic credits including performances at New York City ' s Lincoln Center, Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival, the 1996 Cultural Olympiad and the Bermuda Arts Festival. Accolades include Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta Critics Pick (Best Dancer), the National Choreographers Award, The McPheeter's Medallion Award for Community, Lexus Leaders of the Arts and the Atlanta NAACP President's Award.