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Adam Hendrickson to retire on July 21

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From the company:



New York City Ballet announced today that Soloist Adam Hendrickson will retire after 14 years with the Company. His final performance will take place on Saturday, July 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Company’s summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY. Hendrickson will perform the role of Mercutio in the matinee performance of Peter Martins’ Romeo + Juliet.

Later this summer Hendrickson will begin working for Weapons Specialists, LTD, a theatrical property house based in New York that specializes in on-set weapons consulting, coordination and choreography. Hendrickson was first introduced to the company in 2007 when they worked with NYCB to stage the sword fighting scenes for Martins’ Romeo + Juliet.

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hendrickson began his ballet training at the age of six with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 1996, he was invited to continue his studies at the winter session of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. In the spring of 1998 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in the summer of 1998, Mr. Hendrickson became a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of soloist.

During his career at New York City Ballet, Mr. Hendrickson has danced featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins, and also originated roles in Martins’ Harmonielehre and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

Hendrickson received the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet. His film work includes Columbia Pictures’ Center Stage.

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So soon?! I have nothing but good memories of Hendrickson's dancing -- I'll miss him! I saw what must have been one of his last performances of Puck in "Midsummer" and he certainly didn't look like someone who ought to be thinking about retirement. He was one of my favorite Pucks -- mischievous, but also sweetly merry. I was always hoping he might turn up in "Rubies" someday ...

All the best!

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