July 6, 2010
HEE SEO TO BE PROMOTED TO SOLOIST
WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
Hee Seo is to be promoted to the rank of Soloist with American Ballet Theatre. The promotion, which becomes effective August 2010, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training in her hometown at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School. She was awarded a three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C. In 2003, Seo won a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart. She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.
Seo joined the ABT Studio Company (now ABT II) in 2004. She was named an apprentice with the main Company in May 2005 and promoted to the corps de ballet in March 2006. Her repertoire with the Company includes Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Zulma in Giselle, Natalia in On the Dnieper, Olympia in Lady of the Camellias, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairy of Sincerity and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois, the Polish Princess and a big swan in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Ceres in Sylvia and roles in Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Dark Elegies, From Here On Out, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path and Seven Sonatas.