president & artistic director
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux became artistic director of North Carolina Dance Theatre and North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance in 1996. Bonnefoux danced with the Bolshoi, Kirov and Paris Opera Ballets and in 1970 became a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. In 1977 Bonnefoux joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. His final performance was in 1980, after which he dedicated himself to work as an artistic director, choreographer and teacher. Bonnefoux has served as choreographer and ballet master for the Pittsburgh Ballet, as chairman and artistic director of the Ballet Department in the School of Music at Indiana University, and is currently the artistic director, choreographer and teacher for the ballet company and the school at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Bonnefoux’s choreographic repertoire includes Peter Pan, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Carmina Burana.