A headshot of Charlie L. Reinhart. He is an older man with greying hair and wearing a grey suit and blue shirt.

Charles “Charlie” Reinhart


Charles “Charlie” Reinhart was Director of the American Dance Festival (ADF) from 1968 through 2011, and Co-Director of the organization with the late Stephanie Reinhart from 1993 to 2002. Mr. Reinhart was a member of the Board of Directors of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) for 41 years and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of ADF. Mr. Reinhart has been the recipient of numerous awards including Dance/USA’s Honors for Lifetime Achievement in Dance (1994), the Arts Presenters’ Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts (2011), as well as an Emmy Award for the the three part PBS series, “Free to Dance, the African American influence on modern dance.” In 1986, the French government awarded Mr. Reinhart with the title of Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his efforts in introducing French modern dance to the United States. In 2002, he was honored again by the French Government, receiving the title of Commandeur dans l’ordre des Artes et des Lettres. Duke University conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts upon Mr. Reinhart in 2003.

Mr. Reinhart served as Co-Artistic Director for Dance at the Kennedy Center with Stephanie Reinhart from 1996 to 2002 and as Artistic Director from 2002 to 2004. From 1967 to 1978, Mr. Reinhart developed and was the National Coordinator of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program. He also developed the dance component of the NEA’s Artists-in-Schools Program and served as its National Coordinator from 1970 to 1981. He worked with the Asia Society Performing Arts Program in the early 1960s, and in the early 1970s was a member of its Advisory Committee. In 1974, in addition to directing ADF, he directed the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He served as a military historian in Korea in 1953–54. Mr. Reinhart graduated from Newark Rutgers in 1952 and studied at the graduate school of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1956–57.

Mr. Reinhart founded Charles Reinhart Management and managed Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, Meredith Monk among many others.  He also has been published in the New York Times, Dance Magazine and the North Carolina Medical Journal.

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