Zippora Karz

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Zippora Karz is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances between 1983 and 1999. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as works choreographed for her by Peter Martins, Lynne Taylor Corbett and others. She now serves as a teacher and repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, rehearsing and staging Balanchine’s choreography for a host of national and international dance companies.

As a person living with Type 1 diabetes, Karz faced many challenges pursuing a vigorously physical career. Today, she is a diabetes spokesperson and educator who regularly addresses major diabetes conferences and organizations worldwide, sharing the lessons she has learned about living a full, passionate and healthy life. Her memoir The Sugarless Plum, published by Harlequin, as well as her children’s book, Ballerina Dreams, teaches children and adults with and without diabetes that they should not give up on their dreams no matter what challenges they face.