Statement by Deborah Sunya Moore, vice president and director of programming, on today's announcement by Charlotte Ballet regarding Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's future with the company: 


The year-round and artistic staff at Chautauqua Institution convey congratulations to our colleague Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, longtime artistic director of Charlotte Ballet, upon Monday's announcement that he will transition from that post in 2017 to become artistic director emeritus.

Jean-Pierre continues in his role as director of the Chautauqua School of Dance through this transition, and we are already looking forward to another inspiring season of dance at CHQ in 2016.

IMG 9889Chautauqua Institution has long benefited from having Charlotte Ballet in residence. The professionals of Charlotte Ballet serve as performers and mentors each summer in CHQ as they welcome our student apprentices to join the company on stage for performances our community enjoys. We look forward to greeting the company's new artistic director and to discussing how the partnership between Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Institution may evolve.


We are thrilled that Jean-Pierre and Patricia McBride continue to make Chautauqua Institution their summer home, where for more than three decades they have shaped the lives and careers of countless young dancers.