–American Ballet Theatre dancer Cory Stearns was promoted to soloist at
the beginning of January, three years after becoming a member of ABT’s corps de ballet.
–Manuel Legris will direct the Vienna State Opera’s ballet beginning in 2010, upon retiring as an étoile with the Paris Opéra Ballet. In his new position, Legris will work to grow the troupe’s international reputation.
–James Canfield was chosen as Nevada Ballet Theatre’s next artistic director after serving as the interim artistic director since March 2008. Canfield will lead the company through its transition to a new home in the $475 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts.