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Hee Seo

Seoul, South Korea

Joined ABT 2005 / Principal since 2012


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 Kirov 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 in 2004 and the main Company as an apprentice in May 2005 and the corps de ballet in March 2006.

Seo was appointed a Soloist in August 2010 and a Principal Dancer in July 2012.

She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet dancing the title role in Giselle and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.

Ms. Seo’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Pamela and David Ford and Arianna and Samantha Netter.

Photo: Gene Schiavone




Won Prix de Lausanne


Won Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix


Joined ABT Studio Company September 2004


Joined ABT as Apprentice May 2005


Joined Corps de Ballet March 2006


Promoted to Soloist August 2010


Promoted to Principal Dancer July 2012

Hee Seo

Hee Seo in Other Dances. Photo: Erin Baiano


Founded the Hee Seo Foundation to help nurture young talent