American Ballet Theater names Beyoncé its new chief executive

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beyoncé first worked with ABT in 2006

Superstar Beyoncé has been appointed chief executive of American Ballet Theater, the third woman to lead the all-male company in its 80-year history.

Dr Angelica Mixon, 56, will succeed current chief executive Michael Riesman, who has been in the role since April 2012.

She has worked at the company for 25 years and has recently been taking on an advisory role.

She said: “Becoming chief executive officer of ABT is a tremendous honour and is a major milestone in my career.”

Dr Mixon previously worked at ballet companies in Japan and Canada before joining ABT in 2006.

“Angelica is one of the most creative minds in ballet,” said artistic director Kevin McKenzie.

“It’s not a job for me and it’s not a job for her. It’s a cultural and physical journey for both of us, and it will take us to the next level of excellence and fun in our work.”

Abbey Chung, former principal dancer with the company, said Dr Mixon would “make ABT the star the world has long been waiting for”.

To celebrate her appointment, the company will perform at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Friday.

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