May 5, 2006
DAVID HALLBERG PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL DANCER
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.