David Hallberg

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.

 

American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg is back in Moscow again. Although he has danced as a principal with the Bolshoi Ballet since 2011, this is the first time he's been in Russia since the devastating acid attack on the company's artistic director Sergei Filin in January.

 

David Hallberg is everywhere right now—from the Bolshoi and ABT to fashion magazines to TV. Today, NOWNESS.com, a luxury lifestyle website, premiered a new short dance film called "Hallberg at Work" featuring the ballet star in the ABT studios, performing a solo created for him by Marcelo Gomes. It's an intense, up-close five-minute clip that kind of feels like what would happen if Darren Aronofsky made a dance film...oh, wait.

 

This blog could easily turn into a daily feed of fashion-meets-ballet news and nothing else. Don't worry, I won't let that happen. But indulge me just once more this week, because I can't help sharing this photo that David Hallberg just posted of his fashion spread in this month's Vogue.

Ever since leaping over to the Bolshoi, David Hallberg has become bigger than ballet. First, it was Stephen Colbert dancing with him for late-night comedy. Now, the fashion world has fallen for Hallberg's compelling mix of classical elegance and peculiar eccentricities. The South Dakota native has played muse to the likes of Annie Leibovitz in Vogue, and he took up a 12-page feature in the latest issue of Carine Roitfield's splashy CR Fashion Book.

Picture this: You have a personal invite to David Hallberg's rehearsals and performances with American Ballet Theatre. He regularly gives you individual training and coaching advice. He takes a special interest in your career.

 

Wonder what life is like these days for David Hallberg? The Chicago Sun Times' Hedy Weiss checks in with the Bolshoi and ABT star one year after he became the first American to join Moscow's beloved ballet company. He perform Giselle on Saturday night with ABT at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning News featured David Hallberg, the first American to become a full-time dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. It offered a peek inside Hallberg's journey to Moscow. Along with some current shots of him rehearsing Nutcracker at American Ballet Theatre with Gillian Murphy, the most amazing part of the segment was archival footage of a pre-teen Hallberg.

The New York Times just reported that David Hallberg, currently a principal with American Ballet Theatre, just signed a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer for the 2011-2012 season. (The story even made the newspaper's homepage!) Hallberg will be the first American ever to join the Russian company. Read the full story here.

 

David Hallberg in "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" with Kings of the Dance

Photo by Vladimir Lupovskoy