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ABT News

December 1, 2003


Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has announced the promotion of David Hallberg to Soloist, effective January 2004.

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, David Hallberg began jazz and tap classes at the age of ten. He began ballet training at age 13 with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School in Phoenix. In 1999, he was accepted into the Paris Opera Ballet School where he continued his classical studies under the direction of Claude Bessy, Jacques Namont and Gilbert Meyer.

Hallberg joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000 and the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in April 2001. His roles with the Company include Espada in Don Quixote, the second sailor in Fancy Free, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Friend of the Family in Pillar of Fire, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Benno in Swan Lake, and leading roles in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C (first movement) and Theme and Variations. He has also performed featured roles in William Forsythe’s workwithinwork and Stanton Welch’s Clear. Hallberg created the title role in Robert Hill’s Dorian.

Hallberg was a recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship and the Chris Hellman Dance Award for 2002-2003.

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