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Dance: Pierre Lockett To Leave Joffrey; Longtime Joffrey Figure Transitioning to Expanded Community Role in Chicago

Photo by Matt Hollis

Photo by Matt Hollis

After 25 years with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Pierre Lockett has announced that he is stepping down from his position as the Joffrey’s Director of Community Engagement. He plans to continue his work bringing dance to children who might not otherwise be exposed to it through the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District and other community organizations.

Lockett, 54, danced with the Joffrey from 1989-2002, before moving into administration – first as a development associate and then heading the Joffrey’s outreach programs. Before that he danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Princeton (NJ) Ballet.

According to the announcement made last month, Lockett will continue as a consultant with the Joffrey through 2015 and lead the efforts to find his successor.

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In a statement, Joffrey artistic director Ashley Wheater praised Lockett’s work and contributions to the Joffrey and to the city of Chicago.

“Pierre Lockett’s commitment to Chicago’s youth is both inspired and inspiring. His work with students in the classroom, studio, and beyond has transformed lives and, as a result, has made our city stronger,” Wheater said. “As a dancer and educator he embraces discipline, commitment, and joy.”

Lockett reaffirmed his commitment to his work with the children of Chicago in the statement, saying, “I am proud of my legacy at the Joffrey, and the impact the Community Engagement team has had on thousands of students.

“I am fully aware of the influence that dance has had on my life, and I am committed to helping others have the same experience.”

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