Alicia Graf Mack, a contemporary dancer and former Alvin Ailey dancer and Howard County native, has been named the director of the Juilliard Dance Division.
Her new role will begin July 1.
Graf Mack, who was most recently a visiting assistant professor of modern dance technique at Webster University in St. Louis and an adjunct dance professor at the University of Houston, is a former leading dancer of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal dancer with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet.
"I feel deeply honored to work with some of the brightest and most talented young dancers in our country," Graf Mack wrote in an e-mail to The Baltimore Sun. "With an unparalleled roster of master teachers and thought provoking leaders, Juilliard is poised for a 'Golden Era' of creativity. I am excited to be a part of an institution that values each student as an individual, and encourages them to grow as an artist and a citizen of the world."
Graf Mack graduated from Centennial High School in 1997 before graduating magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University. She also holds a master's of arts degree in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis.
"Alicia brings exceptional energy, creativity, and enthusiasm to the position of director of Juilliard's Dance Division. She is an innovative thinker and role model, and I am delighted to know that she will be leading our dance students into the future," Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi said in a news release.
Graf Mack's younger sister, Daisha Graf, is an accomplished dancer in her own right.
A hip-hop specialist, she has booked dance gigs with the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Diddy and Ariana Grande. She recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.