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.
During her tenure, she has established a teaching curriculum, set full length classical ballets and original mixed repertoire productions to original scores. Under her direction, Ballet Lubbock has received generous grants based upon the growth and reputation of the school and artistic merit of the school. Her students have been accepted with scholarships to internationally top ranked summer programs all over the country and includes 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”.
Ms. Racz has given a TedxTalk 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 Suzanne Aker, Neil Hess and Leonid Lubarsky, former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Humanities. In Utah, she trained with Conrad Ludlow, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Barbie Hamblin, Bene Arnold, Li-Chou Cheng, and Attila Ficzre. She has performed internationally with professional dance companies and choreographers including Maryland Ballet Co., Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico of NY, Rebecca Kelly Dance Co., and Cirque Du Soleil. She performed in NYC with Catanach Dance Theatre ( renamed Urban Ballet Theatre) and toured South Korea as a guest artist with the company in the International Dance Festival. She has performed in several theater productions including Washington D.C.’s, Arena Stage. She teaches Master Classes internationally, has taught adjunct at Texas Tech University and has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions for Texas Tech and Moonlight Musicals.