Lucas II Waverly T

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Classical Ballet / Artistic Director

Mr. Lucas attended Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, where he conceived the concept and name for Ballethnic Dance Company. In Ballethnic\'s short history, Mr. Lucas created more than 30 ballets, including two full-length ballets: Urban Nutcracker and The Leopard Tale. He is the creator of Ballethnicize, an evolving dance/fitness discipline that combines African dance styles with classical ballet, as well as established the Danseur Development Project, a dance-training program for young males.

Mr. Lucas\' choreography has been performed at the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, the 1997 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Concert Series, the National Black Arts Festival, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Outreach Program. Most recently, Mr. Lucas has choreographed Aida for the Atlanta Opera.

Internationally, Mr. Lucas has studied West African dance and drumming in Senegal and taught at the International Association of Blacks In Dance Conference. He has also taught Ballethnicize workshops and gave lectures at the Universidade Technicale Lisboa in Portugal. In 2003, he presented workshops in Sao Paulo Brazil at the Taina Cultural Arts Center.

Mr. Lucas is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Princess Grace Scholarship, National Choreographers Award, McPheeters Medallion Award for Community Service by the Auburn Avenue Research Library, listed as one of Atlantas Community Leaders in the 2002-2003 edition of Whos Who in Black Atlanta, and a recipient of the 2003 TBS Trumpet Awards for Dancer/Choreographer.

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