Lustig Dance Theatre


2nd Floor
80 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex


Mr. Graham Lustig

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For general operating support of Lustig's dance season including performances statewide, in-school education programs, and a dance and wellness studio.

Organization Background

Lustig Dance Theatre's (LDT) mission is to be a vibrant, dynamic organization that awakens the love of dance by performing and educating. LDT was established in 2010 by internationally recognized choreographer and director, Graham Lustig. Housed in the culturally vibrant city of New Brunswick, NJ, LDT seeks to be a vital fixture in the arts community and strives to provide exceptional service to the local community. LDT's programs serve dance novices to dance lovers, children to seniors and recreational dance students to professionals.

Graham Lustig, Artistic Director, is an internationally recognized choreographer and teacher. Mr. Lustig danced with the Dutch National Ballet and the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet before embarking on a freelance choreographic career that has encompassed more than sixty works over four continents. Sought after by companies as diverse as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Northern Ballet Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the Sacramento Ballet, his repertoire ranges from the tongue-in-cheek sophistication of Paramour, inspired by the writings of Anais Nin, to the wildly imaginative, dramatically costumed Pomp, created for North Carolina Dance Theatre. Since establishing Lustig Dance Theatre in 2010, Mr. Lustig has created seventeen new works collaborating with local musicians and composers using live music whenever possible to create works that resonate with the community such as Invisible Fields, performed live with an Irish band, Jangala, a retelling of tales from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book from an Indian arts perspective, and A Jazzy Nutcracker, a wonderfully fun alternative to the classic version. Most recently he created Simple Gifts in collaboration with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra.

Bat Abbit, Artistic Associate, began his professional ballet career in the Music City with the Nashville Ballet. An accomplished dance instructor, Bat has served on the faculty of the School of the Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, DancePlace-the official school of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Princeton Ballet School, and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Mr. Abbit holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University. LDT is pleased to announce staff and school changes. LDT welcomes Peggy Petteway as LDT's dance school principal. She has danced principal roles in a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets with Bay Ballet Theatre, Southern Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre and more. Rachel Abrams joins the company as the new Director of Education, overseeing educational outreach programs and holds a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University, She also brings with her a history of ballet training and dance research. LDT welcomes Alina Roy as Marketing and Development Associate. Alina joins the company with experience in public relations and communications having worked at two successful marketing companies and a passion for dance and the arts.

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