Norbe Risco has served as artistic director of Kentucky Ballet Theatre since 2001. He began
his dance training in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1980, and graduated in 1988 from the Professional Art
School. Upon graduation, he danced as a guest artist at the Teatro Nuovo in Turin, Italy, and
later joined Cuba's Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1990, he became
principal dancer and toured in Greece, Cyprus, Brazil, Venezuela, Jamaica, Mexico, Martinique
and Guadeloupe Islands. In 1993, he joined Mexico's Ballet de Monterrey under the direction of
Ann Marie D'Angelo and Fernando Bujones. He has worked with choreographers and dancers such as
Melissa Haydn, Cynthia Gregory, Kevin McKenzie and Ivan Nagy, and has been a member of Ballet
Theater of Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His repertory includes Giselle, Coppélia, La Fille
Mal Gardée, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Swan Lake and The Wizard of Oz. He has performed
principal roles in Paquita, Raymonda, Napoli, Three Preludea, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote,
Diana and Acteon, Romeo and Juliet, Don Jose, Nutcracker and others.
Risco has choreographed a new Nutcracker, based on the original version; Don Quixote; Degas; and his original ballets: Hoops, a Comic Tribute to Kentucky Basketball; The Wizard of Oz; Cinderella; Carmen; Pinocchio; Peter Pan; Beauty and the Beast; Dracula; Phantom of the Opera; The Witches of Doon; and The Night Before Christmas. He has been part of Lexington, Kentucky's Ballet Under the Stars for many years and, since 2002, has directed the annual event.
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