Pierre Lockett most recently served as the Director of Community Engagement with The Joffrey Ballet where he grew its programming from ten schools in1996 to over 55 schools in 2014. After twenty years as a professional dancer, Mr. Lockett combined his passion and expertise for dance with his desire to inspire youth through invigorating dance programs. He has worked extensively with youth from Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, and various schools and studios throughout the city. He is also the recipient of numerous dance awards and has been recognized by Mayor Rham Emanuel for fostering the talent of young dancers and his commitment to bringing dance to Chicago’s many diverse communities. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Award for Best Performance in a Music or Dance Program, the Princess Grace Award for Dance and has served as a panelist for The National Endowment for the Arts.