Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual
MBA, Columbia Business School
B.A. Columbia School of General Studies
Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre
Ballet Master, American Ballet Theatre
As a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, Keith Roberts works with clients to create solutions for their personal long-term financial security. His mission is to make financial planning more accessible to more people. His path into finance was unusual and unexpected as he went from Ballet to Broadway into Business.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Keith trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1987 as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1992. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer where he performed in works by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Merce Cunningham, Ulysses Dove and Ben Stevenson. After working with ABT, Keith joined Twyla Tharp Dance, creating original works performing across the country and around the world. As a dancer, he also danced in PBS specials Twyla Tharp: Oppositions, and American Ballet Theatre Now – Variety and Virtuosity performing Nacho Duato’s Remanso. In 1998, Keith made his Broadway debut in Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake as “The Swan/Stranger,” and in 2000, he took over the role of “Perc 4” in the Broadway production of Fosse. In 2002, he created the role of “Tony” in Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out receiving Tony and Astaire Award nominations. In 2010, he created the role of “Hank” in Tharp’s Broadway production of Come Fly Away and the Las Vegas production of Sinatra Dance With Me.
Upon retiring from the stage, Keith became a répétiteur and staged works at American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon, Ballet Mainz, Boston Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet Theater, Ballet West, and Ballet Arizona. In September 2012, he rejoined American Ballet Theatre this time as a Director of Repertoire and is an ABT Certified Teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum. In addition to coaching and rehearsing the 80+ dancers of ABT, he also performed in the full-length productions The Sleeping Beauty,Harlequinade, Of Love and Rage, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. While working full-time at American Ballet Theatre in his managerial role, he attended and graduated from Columbia University’s School of General Studies earning his BA in Economics-Philosophy and in May 2020, earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. His experience at Columbia University and Columbia Business School ignited his newfound passion for finance where he now enjoys working with people help them reach their dreams and goals.