Instructor of Ballet
Kevin Cunningham worked as a professional dancer in companies located in Europe and the United States, most notably the Israel Ballet where he was a principal dancer. His work as a dancer brought his distinctive danseur noble style to venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, The Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End, the Theatre de Westens in Berlin, the Raimond Theatre in Vienna, the Caesarea Amphitheatre and the Tel Aviv Opera House in Israel with great public and critical acclaim.
He received his ballet training at the New York Conservatory of Dance under the personal tutelage of Vladimir Dokoudovsky with supplemental classes given by David Howard, Finis Jhung and Dick Andros.
Mr. Cunningham also studied and performed modern dance with Barrie Estes in her company and studied acting at HB Studios in NYC. Concurrent with his training, Mr. Cunningham attended and graduated from the College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre performance.
Over the course of his dance career he performed many roles in major classical works by Petipa and Bourneville as well as ballets by renowned modern choreographers Balanchine, Ashton, Spoerli, Lubovitch, Dunham and Yampolsky. He had the honor of being personally coached by Rudi Von Dantzig for a principal role in Von Dantzig’s choreography of Strauss’s "Four Last Songs." Other highlights of his career include dancing with Maya Plesitskaya of the Bolshoi Ballet , Yulia Makhalina of the Kirov Ballet and Larissa Lezhinina of the Dutch National Ballet.
Upon his retirement from dancing, he started work on his Masters of Education at Rutgers University while working with preschool children as a substitute teacher. His working with many dancers from countries both east and west and their respective dance backgrounds has broadened his world dance view and given him experiences that are uniquely his. Kevin enjoys sharing his breadth of experience and love of dance with his students hopefully inspiring them to excel in the world of dance.