Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:30 AM
Sadly, I think Stella's time for promotion has passed. Not sure of her age, but I assume it is about 33? Promotions usually happen by age 30. I think her severe back injury, which caused her to be out for so long, ruined her chances. Once they see that you have sustained a serious injury which has a likelihood of recurring, they are unllikely to consider promotion. I think that is why she is not given many lead roles, but continues to do the same secondary roles in the full length ballets that she has been doing for years. They tend to give the lead roles to soloists who they are testing out for potential promotion. Based on that, I think Boylston is likely to be the next female principal at ABT, in perhaps a year. Related to this is also the timing of Kent's retirement, which she seems to be putting off for as long as possible.