Zalman Raffael (Artistic Director/CEO) Known familiarly as Zali, Zalman was born and raised in New York City. He received his formal dance training at the School of American Ballet, during which he performed in productions with both the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater and worked with choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. In 2005, Zalman Raffael joined Carolina Ballet. During his tenure with the company, he performed diverse roles in the repertoire, including works created by Robert Weiss, LynneTaylor-Corbett, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Attila Bongar and Christopher Stowell. By the end of his third season as Carolina Ballet’s first Resident Choreographer he will have created 21 pieces for the company. He has taken up residency at East Carolina University (2015), Manhattan Youth Ballet (2015), participated in The Young Choreographers Workshop (2011) and Columbia Ballet Collaborative (2011). In addition to choreographing for Carolina Ballet, Zalman has re staged works choreographed by Robert Weiss and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.