Jonathan Stafford retires from New York City Ballet.
My own farewell to Mr. Stafford occurred the previous afternoon, when he partnered Rebecca Krohn in the same “Emeralds” item. (On this occasion, his sister was dancing the first pas de deux.) You would not have known that the end of his career was in sight. The characteristic courtesy and cleanness of his performance were the same as ever; his musculature displayed no strain, his manners remained quiet. He will not be going far. On the faculty at the School of American Ballet (vitally linked to City Ballet) since 2007, he will continue to teach there. He also now becomes one of City Ballet’s ballet masters; he already began this work during his final seasons as a dancer.