Ballet Master and Principal Dancer

Victor Barbee was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet; he also studied at the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. Before joining American Ballet Theatre in February 1975, Barbee danced at Jacob's Pillow, with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Eglevsky Ballet Company, the Villella Ballet Company, the Tulsa Civic Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet Company.

Barbee's repertoire with American Ballet Theatre includes the Tsar in Anastasia, Rajah and the High Brahmin in La Bayadère, Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia, a featured role in Cruel World, Don Quixote in Don Quixote, Her Pastor in Fall River Legend, The Man She Must Marry in Jardin aux Lilas, Monsieur G.M. and the Jailer in Manon, the Baron in The Merry Widow, Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, Father Frost in The Snow Maiden, Wolfgang and the Master of Ceremonies in Swan Lake, Madge the witch in La Sylphide and Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew.

Barbee's created roles include Gamache in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), the Wounded Veteran in The Informer, Her Lover in The Other and a leading role in Americans We.

Barbee made his musical comedy debut on Broadway in Woman of the Year and appeared on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, co-starring with Bernadette Peters. He also appeared in the television series Hart to Hart and Laverne and Shirley, and in the films The Turning Point and Dancers.

Barbee was promoted to Soloist with American Ballet Theatre in 1979 and to Principal Dancer in 1984. In 1994, he became Assistant to the Artistic Staff and was appointed Ballet Master in July 1997. In September 2001, he was appointed Assistant to the Artistic Director.

Barbee is married to Principal Dancer Julie Kent.


Victor Barbee


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