Under her artistic direction, Yvonne Racz Key has established Ballet Lubbock as a nationally recognized pre-professional ballet school with a regional performing company and a developed Outreach Program. She has expanded Ballet Lubbock’s repertoire, visibility, and overall outlook with classical and contemporary productions; increased public exposure and turned a greater focus on the effects an established ballet school can make on the artistic culture in a community.
During her tenure, she has established a teaching curriculum, set full-length classical ballets and original mixed repertoire productions to original scores. Her students have been accepted with scholarships to internationally top-ranked summer programs all over the country and include an alum of professional dancers performing and teaching internationally. She has been recognized in publications such as VOGUE, TIME, and Southern Living. A review by Dance Magazine quotes: “Yvonne Racz…with legs and arms as fluid as a Kirov Swan as well as a poignancy that is emotionally wrenching”.
Passionate about dance education and the development of young dancers, Yvonne is presently pursuing her MFA in Performance and Pedagogy at Texas Tech University. She actively oversees Ballet Lubbock’s curriculum by teaching regularly and developing and focusing its syllabus and programs. She is also a guest teacher for dance workshops worldwide, including NOW Dance, Mexico, and Budapest Dance Theatre. Ms. Racz has given a TEDx talk on the positive effects of ballet training on young people. She is a member of the Corps De Ballet International and has served on the Texas Commission on the Arts for the Young Masters Program Dance Panel. Her awards include The Arts Alliance Dynamic Force ACE award, YWCA’s Woman of Excellence in Culture, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Arts Center’s “Performing Arts Award” and she was listed in the Avalanche Journal as one of Lubbock’s 100 most influential persons.
Ms. Racz began her dance training in Syracuse, New York and continued her training with Lubbock Civic Ballet. She attended the University of Utah where she performed in the Utah Ballet Company. After graduating with a BA in Humanities she went on to pursue a professional dance career. She worked nationally and internationally with dance companies and choreographers including Maryland Ballet Co., Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico of NY, and Cirque Du Soleil. She performed in NYC under the direction of renowned teacher and choreographer, Daniel Catanach and toured South Korea as a guest artist with his company in the International Dance Festival. She has performed in several theater productions including Washington D.C.’s, Arena Stage, The Odyssey. She teaches master classes internationally and has taught adjunct at Texas Tech University.