Former Principal, American Ballet Theatre and Royal Ballet London
Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of ballet’s most versatile and valued artists. Ms Harvey danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and also had the distinction of being invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to be a principal of the Royal Ballet. Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and with numerous companies and partners before retiring in 1996.
On video, Ms Harvey appears as Kitri opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in his production of Don Quixote- Kitri's Wedding-, she dances a solo from Paquita in Natalia Makarova’s “The Ballerina”, and again dances in "Paquita" plus the “Waltz” from Les Sylphides, in ABT's homage to Petipa, Live from Lincoln Center. She portrays the women in Tchaikovsky's life in the documentary, “Tchaikovsky’s Women” for Britain’s Channel 4. She is also a featured artist in the Fred Weismann documentary on The American Ballet Theatre.
Aside from teaching and coaching she helped re-stage a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2008 for Den Norske Ballett and in 2009 was asked to then stage, for the same company, her own production of the ballet Giselle. In October 2010, Miss Harvey staged her own complete version of The Sleeping Beauty for the Hong Kong Ballet. She has also been guest teacher for The American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, London, The Elmhurst School in Birmingham, The Central School of Dancing and the Performing Arts in Norwich, Il Balletto in Castelfranco, Italy and the Bartholin Seminars in Copenhagen, Denmark.
As a sought after teacher and jury member, Miss Harvey has appeared at several competitions-amongst them, The Prix de Lausanne, The Rosetta Mauri in Reus, The First International Competition in Sitges, and Tanzolymp in Berlin.
Miss Harvey has been on the board of DanceEast, the national agency for dance in England and was a prominent member of the committee that saw major ballet directors from around the world gather to discuss issues relating to improving life for ballet companies and schools. She was a standards assessor for The Council for Dance Education and Training in the U.K. and is Co-author of “Physics of Dance & the Pas de Deux.”
This year, 2011, has seen Miss Harvey as principal guest teacher for the English National Ballet School, guest teacher and ballet mistress for The Semperöper Ballett, Dresden-The Finnish National Ballet, and later this year she will work again with both Den Norske Ballet and The Australian Ballet.