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#MeetABTMonday feature David Hallberg (@officialdavidhallberg)!! David was born on the prairies of South Dakota. He started ballet late at the age of 13 after a full fledged jazz competition career. He initially wanted to dance in Las Vegas but ballet hooked him in. He became obsessed and trained intensively with Kee Juan Han at Ballet Arizona, then at the Paris Opera Ballet School (of which you can see his audition video on YouTube!) David joined ABT Studio Company at the age of 18 then…

#MeetABTMonday feature David Hallberg (@officialdavidhallberg)!! David was born on the prairies of South Dakota. He started ballet late at the age of 13 after a full fledged jazz competition career. He initially wanted to dance in Las Vegas but ballet hooked him in. He became obsessed and trained intensively with Kee Juan Han at Ballet Arizona, then at the Paris Opera Ballet School (of which you can see his audition video on YouTube!) David joined ABT Studio Company at the age of 18 then…

Portrait of Solange Schwartz in the Ballet “Coppelia”, Paris (1940). Serge Ivanoff (Russian 1893-1983). Schwarz (Schwartz) studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and joined the company in 1930. In 1932 she was made étoile of the Opéra Comique and after returning to the Opera in 1937 she was promoted étoile in 1940. With her petite stature, blonde look, and technical precision she became a favourite Swanilda, the role which she danced for her farewell performance at the Opera in 1957.

Portrait of Solange Schwartz in the Ballet “Coppelia”, Paris (1940). Serge Ivanoff (Russian 1893-1983). Schwarz (Schwartz) studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and joined the company in 1930. In 1932 she was made étoile of the Opéra Comique and after returning to the Opera in 1937 she was promoted étoile in 1940. With her petite stature, blonde look, and technical precision she became a favourite Swanilda, the role which she danced for her farewell performance at the Opera in 1957.

Paris Opera Ballet.  Note* Manuel Legris, still a sujet, 1st boy along the left bannister. Photo from the Paris Opera Ballet program US Tour July 1986, Manu Legris was nominated Etoile by Nureyev on the stage of the Met in NY.

Paris Opera Ballet. Note* Manuel Legris, still a sujet, 1st boy along the left bannister. Photo from the Paris Opera Ballet program US Tour July 1986, Manu Legris was nominated Etoile by Nureyev on the stage of the Met in NY.

Sylvie Guillem (1965- ): The most complete and significant artist of this generation, with thrilling technique and heart-stopping dramatic presence. A great ballerina she has now become a great contemporary dancer, still performing the most interesting, challenging work around. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1977, the company in 1981, and then rose dazzlingly until the moment in 1984 when, after a matinee performance of Swan Lake, she became the company’s youngest ever étoile.

Sylvie Guillem (1965- ): The most complete and significant artist of this generation, with thrilling technique and heart-stopping dramatic presence. A great ballerina she has now become a great contemporary dancer, still performing the most interesting, challenging work around. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1977, the company in 1981, and then rose dazzlingly until the moment in 1984 when, after a matinee performance of Swan Lake, she became the company’s youngest ever étoile.

David Hallberg is from South Dakota and trained at the Arizona Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School,  American Ballet Theatre's New York Summer Intensive, and was an ABT National Training Scholar. He is  a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, dancing all the leading roles in the company's classical  repertory. He also performs an expa...

David Hallberg is from South Dakota and trained at the Arizona Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre's New York Summer Intensive, and was an ABT National Training Scholar. He is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, dancing all the leading roles in the company's classical repertory. He also performs an expa...

Ballet students at the Vaganova Ballet School, formerly the Imperial Ballet Academy, stretch at the bar beneath a portrait of Agrippina Vaganova who reigned over the school from 1921 to 1951.

Ballet students at the Vaganova Ballet School, formerly the Imperial Ballet Academy, stretch at the bar beneath a portrait of Agrippina Vaganova who reigned over the school from 1921 to 1951.

The Ballet de L'Opera de Paris, is the oldest national ballet company in the world, originating in the early 1670s

Paris Opera Ballet, circa 1900

The Ballet de L'Opera de Paris, is the oldest national ballet company in the world, originating in the early 1670s

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