|Name Nancy Raffa|
Role Ballet Dancer
|Movies Private Resort|
Nancy Raffa is an American ballet mistress. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She began training in ballet under the instruction of Madame Gabriella Darvash. At 16 years old, she became the youngest, and first ever American female, to win the Gold Medal at Prix de Lausanne in 1980. That year, she joined Makarova and Company on Broadway. Makarova then brought her to American Ballet Theatre, where she became a member of the corps de ballet. Raffa danced many roles, including dancing in Tharp's Push Comes to Shove with Baryshnikov. She later joined as principal dancer with Ballet de Santiago, Ballet National Francaise, then Miami City Ballet.
After a serious injury, she retired from dancing and entered the field of teaching and coaching. In 1994, she joined the staff of the Miami City Ballet School. Raffa was twice awarded a special teacher's recognition from the National Foundation for he Advancement in the Arts. She was also awarded a grant from the United States Information Services to be a cultural ambassador for a company and school in Honduras. In addition, Raffa graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University.
Nancy Raffa became head director of the American Ballet Theatre's National Summer Intensive program. In 2007, she was promoted to ballet mistress with the main company. Since then, she has worked closely with resident choreographer Alexi Ratmansky. She has aided him in his choreographic process for every ballet he has ever done with ABT. She sets many of his works his works with ABT on companies around the globe.