David Hallberg is Australian Ballet’s New Resident Guest Artist

Back in December, we jumped for joy when we learned that David Hallberg would be making a triumphant return to the stage. It’s been a little over a year since the American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star moved to Australia to take care of an ankle injury, working closely with the Australian Ballet’s physiotherapyMore »

David Hallberg’s First Performance in the U.S. Is Confirmed

We’ve been breathlessly waiting to find out when David Hallberg will step out with American Ballet Theatre, and it sounds like L.A. audiences get to see him first. He’s scheduled to debut the role of Prince Coffee in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, on March 15 at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. His first performance back,More »

David Hallberg Is Back at ABT

After a successful return to the stage with the Australian Ballet, not to mention his debut as Franz in Coppélia, international star David Hallberg is officially back with one of his two home companies. He will join American Ballet Theatre for its Spring 2017 season. No word yet regarding when he’ll return to the Bolshoi Ballet. InMore »

David Hallberg Returns to the Stage

After what appears to have been an emotionally draining injury-rehabilitation program, American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star David Hallberg has returned to the stage. A little over a year ago, Hallberg buzzed his hair, posted a semi-cryptic message on Instagram and dropped out of the ballet world altogether. He moved to Australia to treatMore »

How to Get Mentored By an ABT Dancer

Lately, it seems like mentorship is having something of a moment: Many pro dancers are coming up with creative ways to give back to the dance community and act as a resource for young students striving to reach the top. Take Kathryn Morgan, who started her own blog and YouTube channel to pull back theMore »

New Photography Books Shine Spotlight on Male Dancers

Ballerinas are ready subjects for blockbusting movies and bestselling biographies: Now, male dancers, too, are having a moment—one that we hope sparks a trend. In his new photography book, Les Danseurs, Matthew Brookes focuses his lens on men of the Paris Opéra Ballet. In powerfully composed black and white photos, Brookes highlights the strength of male dancers, but also a vulnerability and artistry that’s often overshadowed by luminous images of swans and sleeping beauties.

The Lonely Road of a Danseur

Dance was always my refuge. School was hell for me—it was like a page out of Lord of the Flies. Survival of the fittest was the guiding principle of my middle school. While generally the “fittest” kids were the prettiest and the most popular, at my public school that meant specifically punk skater kids. TheyMore »

#TBT Video: David Hallberg’s Audition for Paris Opéra Ballet School

Despite every ballet dancer’s perfectionist tendencies, there is no such thing as “perfect technique”. But in his audition tape for the Paris Opéra Ballet School, David Hallberg proves that it just may exist—and he’s only sixteen years old. In this video you will be awestruck within the first few seconds as his turnout and tendus take your breath away. Keep watching until the end, and you’ll see the same diligence and control progress from adagio to grand allegro. It’s clear that at sixteen he was serious about his career, and the efforts have paid off.

Insights From David Hallberg’s Talk at The Kennedy Center

David Hallberg has reached unprecedented heights as an American dancer. His switch from jazz to ballet as a teenager, his promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre at the age of 23, his status as the first American star at the Bolshoi Ballet—these milestones were the focus of an hour-long interview with Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser this Saturday.