Charles Chip McNeal, Director of Education
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Director of Education
Charles Chip McNeal currently works as a lecturer, choreographer, adjudicator, and teacher. He conducts artist/teacher training, evaluating and developing educational programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since 1980, McNeal has been teaching, developing, and implementing community outreach and education programs for San Francisco Ballet. He has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, the California Arts Council, and the California State Department of Education, among many other organizations. In 1994, he received the distinguished Bernard Osher Cultural Award for public service in the field of arts education and was named the winner of the 2004 Levi Strauss & Co. Award for Outstanding Teachers and Administrators in the Arts. His performing credits include stage work and films, with an extensive background in musical theater. The many dance forms he has studied and performed include Afro-Cuban, jazz, tap, ballet, West African, and several folkloric styles including Israeli, Russian folkdance, and Scottish country dancing. McNeal works as a freelance dance critic and has produced four documentaries profiling arts programs and important issues in arts education, the latest of which, A Cultural Exchange with South Africa Ballet Theatre, chronicles San Francisco Ballet’s outreach program in Africa.