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David Hallberg promoted to principal dancer at ABT

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David Hallberg has been promoted to Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre effective May 22, 2006, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Hallberg began his formal ballet training at age thirteen with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School in Phoenix. He was accepted into the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1999 where he studied under Claude Bessy, Jacques Namont and Gilbert Meyer. He also participated in ABT’s New York Summer Intensive in 1999 and 2000 before joining the ABT Studio Company in September 2000.

Hallberg joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and was promoted to Soloist in January 2004. His roles with the Company include Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Conrad in Le Corsaire, Death in The Green Table, Espada in Don Quixote, the second sailor in Fancy Free, the Boy in Afternoon of a Faun, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, a Friend of the Family in Pillar of Fire, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda and the title role in Apollo. He has also danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Theme and Variations, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides and William Forsythe’s workwithinwork. Hallberg is scheduled to make his debut as Her Prince Charming in James Kudelka’s Cinderella during the Company’s 2006 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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I have seen him take special classes on the Met stage. He is a very hard worker. A well deserved promotion. I just remembered his VonRothebart opposite Acosta's Siegfried, and he commanded the stage, as VR should!!! If he is good enough to do these principal roles, he should be promoted. I just hope with some work that his upperbody, esp. the back, will be stronger, to stand up to the rigors of being a principal. But, what an elegant dancer he already is. And soon, he will be even more elegant. Bravo, Mr. H! :clapping::clapping::clapping:

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He got a wonderful reception when he returned to Arizona two Junes ago to partner Yen-Li Chen-Zhang at her farewell performance. (I think it was in Theme and Variations.) Having trained in Phoenix, I suspect there are a lot of people from the area who are thrilled for him at his promotion.

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