ABT Promotes Catherine Hurlin, Roman Zhurbin and More, Daniel Camargo Joins Full-Time

July 12, 2022

American Ballet Theatre, now into the fifth and final week of its Metropolitan Opera House season, announced company promotions this afternoon. Notably, soloist Catherine Hurlin, who has been starring in ballet after ballet this summer, has been named a principal dancer, along with longtime soloist Roman Zhurbin. Daniel Camargo, who has been dancing with the company as a guest artist, will join the roster permanently as a principal.

During a performance of Swan Lake, Daniel Camargo poses in a croisé arabesque on demi-pointe with his left amr up and his right arm out to the side. He wears white tights and ballet slippers, and a blue velvet prince's jacket with white trim. He looks up, posing towards stage left. Behind him is a backdrop of forest trees.
Daniel Camargo in Swan Lake. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy ABT.

ABT also named five dancers to soloist: Breanne Granlund, Sung Woo Han and Betsy McBride, as well as young first-year corps members Chloe Misseldine and SunMi Park. All of the new appointments will come into effect September 1, 2022.

Hurlin, an alumna of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and Studio Company, joined ABT’s corps de ballet in 2014 and became a soloist in 2018. She recently made New York debuts as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Kitri in Don Quixote (where she and her partner, Joo Won Ahn, received a standing ovation after their Act III pas de deux). She also starred as Callirhoe in Alexei Ratmansky’s Of Love and Rage, a role he created on her. Zhurbin, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. at age 13, joined ABT’s corps in 2003 and was promoted to soloist in 2014. Known for his acting skills, he excels in principal character roles, including turns this season as Von Rothbart, Lord Capulet and Of Love and Rage’s King of Babylon.

Roman Zurbin stands with his legs slightly apart and bent, and holds a sword in both hands during a fight scene in the ballet "Romeo and Juliet." He wears a costume of reddish brown tunic with a brown overlay, orange tights and red boots. Behind him, townspeople in various medieval costumes look on fearfully.
Roman Zhurbin as Tybalt in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy ABT.

Camargo, a native Brazilian, previously danced as a principal with Stuttgart Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. He has spent much of the last year performing with major companies around the world as a guest artist, making his debut with ABT in June. “I’m happy to stop and really stay in one place and be a part of ABT’s family,” Camargo told the New York Times earlier today.

This round of promotions comes as artistic director Kevin McKenzie prepares to retire; incoming artistic director Susan Jaffe will take the reins in December. Congratulations to all!