Photo: Peter Zay

Patricia McBride
associate artistic director

PatPatricia McBride has been celebrated as the outstanding American ballerina of our day and a star of international stature. Her remarkable virtuosity and artistic range have been demonstrated in more than 100 ballets during three decades with the New York City Ballet. In 1959 McBride joined the company of New York City Ballet and in 1961 became its youngest principal dancer. George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins created many of their master works for her. McBride has performed all over the world. She has danced for five American presidents, has performed with many of the great male dancers of our time and has received many awards for her contribution to dance. She joined North Carolina Dance Theatre in 1996 as associate artistic director. McBride is married to Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and they have two children.