April 22, 2011
ETHAN STIEFEL TO WITHDRAW
FROM PERFORMANCES WITH
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AT
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Ethan Stiefel will withdraw from performances with American Ballet Theatre this Spring, having focused on duties associated with his final year as Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Stiefel, a Principal Dancer with ABT since 1997, was scheduled for six performances during the Company’s 2011 season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Speaking of his decision, Stiefel said, “Leading the UNCSA School of Dance through a critical period of transition has required the type of energy and attention that has kept me from properly focusing and physically preparing for my upcoming performances. I am truly disappointed not to be performing with my colleagues at ABT and for the New York audiences.”
Stiefel has also withdrawn from scheduled performances during American Ballet Theatre’s tour to Japan in July.