Waverly Lucas is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Ballethnic Dance Company and Ballethnic Academy of Dance, founded in 1990 with his wife, Nena Gilreath. As Ballethnic's choreographer, he has created more than 30 ballets, including Urban Nutcracker and The Leopard Tale. He established the Danseur Development Project, offering athletic discipline and mentoring for young males. Mr. Lucas' choreography has been featured at the Olympic Arts Festival, Lincoln Center, National Black Arts Festival, Aurora Theatre's Once on this Island, and Atlanta Opera's Aida. His numerous honors include the Princess Grace Scholarship, National Choreographers Award, Atlanta's Community Leaders, TBS Trumpet Awards, Lexus Leaders of the Arts, and Charles Loridans Award. He received the Atlanta NAACP 2008 President's Award and was recognized with Nena as one of the Atlanta Tribune's power couples. Mr. Lucas attended Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan where he conceived the concept and name for Ballethnic. He toured with Dance Theater of harlem, and danced with the Atlanta ballet. He has studied West African dance, drumming in Senegal, and has conducted dance workshopsnationally and internationally.
Suzi Bass Awards History
2015 Suzi Bass Nominee, Choreography, Memphis, Aurora Theatre & Theatrical Outfit