As Company Seasons Close, Many Longtime Dancers Take Their Final Bows￼
It’s the time of year where seasons draw to a close. And as curtains fall for the last time before summer, many longtime dancers are also saying goodbye to the stage. Read on to learn about the most recent farewell announcements.
Ballet West bid farewell to married company members Rex Tilton and Allison DeBona earlier this season. DeBona, a first soloist, gave her last performance on April 9 in Nicolo Fonte’s Carmina Burana; Tilton, a principal, took his final bow on May 14 in Sophie Laplane’s Galantheae and Juliano Nunes’ Orange. Both have joined the faculty at Ballet West Academy, with DeBona serving as principal of its Park City campus.
Festival Ballet Providence
Company artist David Dubois took his final bow on April 30 in Festival Ballet Providence’s Blue Until June program. Dubois joined the company in 2015, performing a variety of classical and contemporary principal roles throughout his career.
Oklahoma City Ballet
Principal DaYoung Jung gave her final performance with the company as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty on May 8 after 10 years with Oklahoma City Ballet. Jung was promoted to the company’s top rank in 2017 while dancing the same role. She received an onstage celebration following her May 6 performance.
Charlotte Ballet company dancer Colby Foss said farewell in May after five years with the company. To cap off his final season, Foss starred as Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty: A Fairy-Tailored Classic and premiered his own work in the company’s Choreographic Lab program.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
On May 14, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal Alexandra Kochis took her final bow as Odette/Odile in artistic director Susan Jaffe’s new production of Swan Lake. Kochis, who danced with Boston Ballet before joining PBT in 2006, caps off a 27-year performance career. In the future, she plans to continue teaching dance and pursue fiction writing, an interest she has developed during the pandemic.
Rochester City Ballet
Rochester City Ballet company artist Jessica Tretter has retired after 14 seasons with the company. Tretter made her final performance on May 21 as the title role in artistic director Robert Gardner’s Firebird and in a farewell solo choreographed by RCB School artistic director Jamey Leverett.
In May, Cincinnati Ballet shared that 14-year corps member Jacqueline Damico Amador retired at the season’s conclusion. Amador gave her final performances during the company’s inaugural Bold Moves Festival May 12–22.
Texas Ballet Theatre
After nearly 20 years with the company, Texas Ballet Theater dancer Carolyn Judson took her final bow on May 21 following her performances of Titania in artistic director Ben Stevenson’s world premiere A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Judson plans to focus on family and her work as a holistic health coach and Gyrotonic instructor going forward.
Miami City Ballet
Miami City Ballet corps member Christie Sciturro retired from the stage this season after 15 years with the company. Sciturro gave her final performances in MCB’s Prodigal Son program on May 22.
Nevada Ballet Theatre
Nevada Ballet Theatre said goodbye to two company artists, Steven Goforth and Rachel Nelson, during its May performances of Carmina Burana. Goforth has danced with NBT since 2012, while Nelson has been with the company since 2015.
BalletMet announced the retirement of nine-year company dancer Kristie Latham. Latham gave her last performance on May 28 in George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux as part of the Director’s Choice program.
New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet principal Amar Ramasar made his farewell performance in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 29. Ramasar, who was fired in 2018 for his role in a nude photo-sharing scandal and later reinstated, danced with the company for more than 21 years.
Company artists Constance Doyle, Elizabeth-Jane Moller and Preston Andrew Patterson depart Ballet Austin this season. Doyle leaves after four years with the main company, Moller after two and Patterson after 14.
The Joffrey Ballet
The Joffrey Ballet says goodbye to six company members this season. Longtime Joffrey artists April Daly, Temur Suluashvili and Derrick Agnoletti, who have all danced with the company for nearly 20 years, as well as Anna Gerberich and Chloé Sherman, took their final bows during the company’s performances of Don Quixote June 2–12. Miranda Silveira Templer, who joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2021, gave her final performance earlier in May to embark on a freelance career.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced that soloist Joshua Grant will retire in June following his 21-year performing career. Grant first joined the company as an apprentice in 2001, then danced for National Ballet of Canada and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo before returning to PNB in 2011. Following his final performance on June 12, Grant will continue as co-artistic director of Dance Conservatory Seattle with his husband, Christopher E. Montoya.