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David Hallberg

Rapid City, South Dakota

Joined ABT 2001 / Principal since 2006


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

Hallberg attended American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive in 1999 and 2000 and was an ABT National Training Scholar for both of those years.

Hallberg joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in April 2001.  He was promoted to Soloist in January 2004 and to Principal Dancer in May 2006.

During the Autumns of 2008 and 2009, Hallberg was a member of Kings of The Dance, which toured Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia. His repertoire included Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Christopher Wheeldon’s Four for 4, Nacho Duato’s Remanso and Roland Petit’s Proust pas de deux. Dance of the Blessed Spirits was originally created on Sir Anthony Dowell, who staged the ballet on Hallberg especially for this tour. Hallberg is the first dancer after Dowell to perform this work.

Hallberg has been a guest artist with many companies including the Royal Swedish Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Kiev Ballet. He has danced at galas throughout the world from Japan to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Hallberg was a recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship and the Chris Hellman Dance Award for 2002-2003. He received a nomination for the Benois de la Danse Award in 2006 and won the Benois de la Danse Award in 2010.

David Hallberg joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a Premier Danseur in September 2011, the first American to join the company.

Mr. Hallberg’s performances at American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Avery and Andy Barth.

Photo: Erin Baiano




Participated in ABT Summer Intensive 1999-2000

David  Hallberg

David Hallberg at the 1999 ABT Summer Intensive. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor


Joined ABT Studio Company September 2000


Joined Corps de Ballet April 2001


Promoted to Soloist January 2004


Promoted to Principal Dancer May 2006

David  Hallberg

David Hallberg in Apollo. Photo: Gene Schiavone